Deliciously Tangy: Gluten-free Peanut Sauce Recipe

Are you looking to spice up your meals with a sauce that is not only healthy but also gluten-free and dairy-free? Look no further than this delicious and tangy peanut sauce recipe!

Peanut sauce is a Thai-originating classic that has become widely popular all over the world. It’s a versatile and flavorful sauce that can transform your everyday meals into something exciting and special. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make on your own, which means you can customize it to your liking.

This particular recipe is made entirely of vegan and natural ingredients, so you won’t have to compromise on the flavors while keeping it clean for your body. Moreover, with our helpful tips and recommended variations, you can make it even more delicious or adapt it according to your dietary needs.

Whether you’re adding it to noodles, swapping it for mayonnaise in wraps or sandwiches, or using it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or vegetables, this peanut sauce will elevate your meal’s taste profile. So get ready to enjoy peanut butter in a whole new way with this gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Tangy Peanut Sauce
Gluten Free Tangy Peanut Sauce

Looking for a delicious yet healthy way to jazz up your meals? Look no further than this gluten-free Tangy Peanut Sauce recipe. With a perfect balance of tangy, zesty and spicy flavors, this sauce will instantly elevate any dish, from classic noodle dishes to crunchy spring rolls.

Let’s talk about the ingredients: smooth peanut butter (or almond butter, if you prefer), coconut aminos (or tamari gluten-free soy sauce if you prefer), rice vinegar, lime juice, garlic, ginger, chili powder and cilantro. Prepared with all these flavorful elements, this recipe has all it takes to give your taste buds that exciting spark they’ve been missing.

This sauce is versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways. Try drizzling it over your favorite salad as a delightful dressing. Or enjoy it as a dipping sauce with some fiery hot wings or crunchy veggie wraps. Mix it with cooked noodles or veggies for an easy and tasty meal. This recipe is also wonderful matched with an equally hearty protein like grilled shrimp or chicken skewers.

And here is the best part – it is totally guilt-free! Not only is it gluten-free and dairy-free, but the sauce is also vegan-friendly without sacrificing any of its amazing flavor.

Trust me when I say that you’ll love this recipe from the first bite. Prepare to have your taste buds blown away!

Ingredient List

 A dollop of delight that will take your taste buds on an adventure.
A dollop of delight that will take your taste buds on an adventure.

Before we jump into the recipe, let’s gather all the ingredients we need. This gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe contains Vietnamese flavors and bursts with a zesty kick. You will need:

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Substitutes to make variations

  • Almond butter can be used in place of peanut butter.
  • Coconut aminos or hoisin sauce can replace soy sauce.
  • Sesame oil may be added for an oriental flavor.

Make sure you check that all ingredients are gluten-free certified.

Now that you have everything on the list let’s move forward to make your own Vietnamese inspired tangy peanut sauce!

The Recipe How-To

 A burst of flavor in every spoonful.
A burst of flavor in every spoonful.

Now that we’ve covered the reasons why this gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe is so amazing, let’s get straight into the steps to make it just right. Trust me, it’s easy and worth the effort. Follow these steps, and you will have a delicious homemade sauce in no time!


For this gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe, you will need 1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter, 1/4 cup of almond butter, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free or coconut aminos for Paleo/Whole30), 2 tablespoons of water, 1-2 teaspoons of chili powder (depending on your preferred level of spiciness), and a handful of chopped cilantro.

How to Make the Gluten-Free Tangy Peanut Sauce:

  1. First, grab a medium-sized mixing bowl and add your dry ingredients: chili powder and garlic.
  2. In the same bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon each of lime juice, and rice vinegar. Stir well.
  3. Add your smooth peanut butter, almond butter, sesame oil, soy sauce/tamari/coconut aminos to the mixing bowl.
  4. Mix all the ingredients nicely using a whisk until everything is well combined and forms a smooth mixture.
  5. Finally for flavoring add fresh cilantro into the mix.
  6. You can adjust the consistency by adding more water if necessary.

And voila! Your gluten-free tangy peanut sauce is made! It’s creamy with a slight kick from chili powder – perfect for dipping spring rolls or drizzling over stir-fry or salad bowls.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Make sure to use natural peanut butter or almond butter without added sugars or oils. Natural nut butters give the sauce an authentic and nutty flavor.
  • If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can add a little honey, maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • You can substitute rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar if that’s what you have on hand.
  • If you want to store this sauce for later, make sure to keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Before using, mix well and bring back to room temperature.
  • For an even smoother consistency, use creamy peanut butter.

That’s it! Making this gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe is quick, easy, and hassle-free. Try making a double batch and store the excess sauce in your refrigerator. Trust me, it goes well with everything from pad Thai to wraps and spring rolls. It’s also an excellent dipping option for fresh vegetables. So get creative with this versatile gluten-free tangy peanut sauce!

Substitutions and Variations

 Creamy, tangy, and oh so delicious.
Creamy, tangy, and oh so delicious.

This recipe is very versatile, and there are many substitutions and variations that you can make to suit your taste or dietary preferences. Here are some ideas:

– Almond butter: If you prefer almond butter over peanut butter, you can use it as a substitution in this recipe. It will give a bit of a different taste but will still be delicious.

– Soy sauce/tamari: You can substitute the fish sauce for soy sauce or tamari, making it vegan-friendly. Tamari is also gluten-free, so it’s perfect for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

– Coconut aminos: Another substitute for soy sauce is coconut aminos. These are made from coconut sap and are rich in amino acids while being soy-free.

– Hoisin sauce: If you want to add a touch more sweetness to the recipe, try adding hoisin sauce. It’s thicker than the other sauces used here, and it adds an umami flavor to the dish.

– Different nut butter: While this is technically a peanut sauce recipe, you can use any type of smooth nut butter that you like. Try using cashew or macadamia nut butter for a slightly different flavor.

– Spicier version: If you like things spicy, add more chili powder or even some red pepper flakes to give it an extra kick.

– Creamy version: To make the sauce even creamier, add some coconut milk or heavy cream to the mixture.

These are just some ideas for substitutions and variations; feel free to play around with the recipe and find what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 Elevate any dish with this gluten-free peanut sauce.
Elevate any dish with this gluten-free peanut sauce.

Now that you’ve got your hands on this delicious tangy peanut sauce, it’s time to explore ways to enjoy it. This versatile sauce goes well with a variety of dishes from noodles and salads to wraps and spring rolls.

A bowl of Thai peanut noodles is always a crowd-pleaser and this peanut sauce is the perfect accompaniment to it. The creamy texture of the sauce complements the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors in a classic Pad Thai dish.

This sauce is also great for dressing up salads, simply mix some chopped cilantro with the dressing and drizzle it over your salad. It’s an easy way to add some excitement to your everyday greens.

If you’re looking for a savory snack, try dipping your favorite vegetable or spring rolls into this tangy peanut sauce. Trust me, these rolls will never taste bland again.

Also, consider pairing the sauce with vegetarian or meat skewers for a flavor-packed dipping experience. You could even create your own fusion dish by drizzling some Thai peanut sauce over a wrap filled with crunchy vegetables or grilled chicken.

For those who prefer a milder flavor, consider adding more water to dilute the consistency of the sauce.

Overall, there are numerous possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing this peanut sauce. So why not get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different pairings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness and a little bit of spice.
Perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness and a little bit of spice.

One of the best things about this Gluten-Free Tangy Peanut Sauce recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use to save you precious cooking time. To make it in advance, simply follow the recipe how-to and store the sauce in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days.

When ready to serve, give your peanut sauce a good stir before using it. If it has thickened too much during storage, add some water to loosen it up. You can also reheat the peanut sauce in a saucepan or microwave for a few seconds until warm.

In case you want to freeze this peanut sauce for later use, I recommend transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible. Stored in the freezer, this sauce can last up to two months.

To thaw frozen peanut sauce, just transfer it from the freezer to the fridge and let it thaw overnight. For quick thawing or reheating, use the microwave or stove-top method mentioned above.

This tangy peanut sauce pairs well with so many dishes like noodle bowls, pad thai, wraps, peanut noodles, spring rolls and salad dressings. You will surely be able to enjoy it any time you have some on hand.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Say goodbye to bland meals with this vibrant and tasty sauce.
Say goodbye to bland meals with this vibrant and tasty sauce.

Making a perfect peanut sauce is not rocket science, but it requires some attention to detail. Here are some tips for you to make the most out of your gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe.

Firstly, it’s best to use creamy peanut butter rather than chunky. It blends much better with the other ingredients, resulting in a smooth and consistent texture. If you don’t have creamy peanut butter on hand, blend the chunky one in a food processor until it becomes smooth.

Secondly, pick natural peanut butter without additives or sweeteners. This will allow you to have more control over the flavor and sweetness of the sauce.

Thirdly, add water gradually when blending the ingredients together. This will give you more control over the sauce’s thickness and consistency.

Fourthly, if you prefer a spicier sauce, add some chili powder or sriracha. Start slow and taste test before adding more as these can be intense.

Fifthly, let your garlic cloves rest for ten minutes after finely mincing them to maximize their health benefits. After resting, you may lightly sauté it in sesame oil for slightly different flavor profile.

Sixthly, If you want to substitute soy sauce for Tamari or Coconut Aminos as stated in the recipe for gluten-free dietary preference, consider using low-sodium options as this sauce already has enough salt from fish sauce.

Lastly, whisk in lime juice after the dish has cooled down slightly and right before serving. This helps preserve its potency and prevent any bitterness from building up during overheating.

By following these few simple tips and tricks, you will be able to make a delicious gluten-free peanut dipping sauce every time that pairs with tasty dishes like Pad Thai or Spring Rolls perfectly!


Now that you have all the necessary information to create the Gluten-Free Tangy Peanut Sauce Recipe, let’s answer some common questions that may come up during the process. These frequently asked questions will help you clear up any confusion and ensure that everything goes smoothly when making this sauce. Be sure to read through these before getting started, so you can avoid any problems or issues along the way.

What peanut sauce is gluten-free?

This product is a Thai peanut sauce made by San-J, which is gluten-free and free of artificial preservatives. It is also kosher certified and FODMAP friendly, making it a great option for those with certain dietary restrictions. The sauce is mildly spicy, and is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Each bottle contains 10 fluid ounces.

Is Thai peanut sauce gluten-free?

Get ready for a flavorful experience with our Tamari Soy Sauce-based Asian Cooking Sauce! This gluten-free sauce is crafted to perfection and has been certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. You can use this sauce to create a delectable Thai Peanut Sauce that is traditionally used for grilling chicken skewers, also known as satay.

Is Vietnamese peanut sauce gluten-free?

When it comes to gluten-free cuisine, it’s important to be wary of the ingredients used in every recipe. Inquiring about whether a certain dish contains gluten or not is always advisable. In the case of Vietnamese peanut sauce, one might wonder whether this savory sauce is gluten-free. It’s worth noting that all of the ingredients in this particular Vietnamese peanut sauce recipe are indeed gluten-free, including the main ingredients, hoisin sauce and peanut butter.

Is satay sauce the same as peanut sauce?

In Indonesia, the sauce that is commonly known as satay sauce or bumbu kacang is frequently paired with the tasty Indonesian delicacy, satay, which is made up of grilled meats on skewers. However, in the United States, this type of sauce is more commonly referred to as peanut sauce.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free tangy peanut sauce recipe is the perfect addition to spice up any dish. It’s a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional sauces that contain unhealthy additives and preservatives. This simple recipe is made with all-natural ingredients, making it perfect for anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle while still enjoying tasty food.

Whether it’s served with noodles, wraps, spring rolls, or as a salad dressing, this versatile sauce can be paired with many dishes. What’s more, by using different variations and substitutions of ingredients, you can create your own unique twist on this recipe.

So, if you’re looking for an easy-to-make, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free sauce recipe that has a delicious tangy peanut flavor, then give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Gluten Free Tangy Peanut Sauce

Gluten Free Tangy Peanut Sauce Recipe

My boys and I love eating this sauce over fish and chicken. It's also great on top of salads. Now that we're settled back in after a wild weekend that took us straight from Blogher into Yom Kippur, I will be making this to serve with our dinner tonight. I'll serve it over salmon and greens and I know that the boys will lap it up, as they always do.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 quart
Calories 222.5 kcal


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or 1/2 cup creamy roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons umeboshi plum vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, freshly minced or grated on a microplane zester
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper


  • 1. In a quart jar, combine nut butter, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil, umeboshi vinegar, agave and water.
  • 2. Close jar and shake well.
  • 3. Add cilantro, garlic, ginger and chili powder and shake again until ingredients are well combined.
  • 4. Use as a dip for jicama and cucumber, or serve over salad or spring rolls.

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Serving: 74gCalories: 222.5kcalCarbohydrates: 9.2gProtein: 8.6gFat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 3.7gSodium: 387.6mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 3.4g
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