Curry Peanut Sauce

Some lettuce and chicken slices with sauce drizzled on top.

This curry peanut sauce is perfect for drizzling on top of chicken, fish, beef, tofu, vegetables, rice, or noodles. Or use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or raw veggies. This sauce is sweet and sour with just the right amount of spice and plenty of bold curry flavour.

You can also use this sauce as a marinade. Allow chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu to marinate for 8 to 48 hours, then grill or roast until cooked.

Curry Peanut Sauce – Main Ingredients

The dominant flavour in this sauce comes from curry powder. If you’re not a fan of curry powder you can omit it for a more traditional peanut sauce flavour.

This peanut sauce is sweetened with date paste. Date paste is a natural sweetener made from puréed dates. Date paste is easy to make – all you need are dates, water, and a blender. See my date paste recipe for instructions.

This curry peanut sauce recipe calls for natural peanut butter. Be sure to use peanut butter that doesn’t contain any added sugar or salt. The only ingredient on the jar should be peanuts. If you need to avoid peanuts, you can substitute almond butter or tahini instead.

You can adjust the spice level of this curry peanut sauce according to your preference by increasing or deceasing the amount of chili flakes. 1/4 teaspoon of chili flakes is perfect for my heat tolerance, but adjust that amount to suit your personal preference.

A bit of apple cider vinegar gives this sauce a tangy flavour which balances the richness of the peanut butter and sweetness of the date paste. You can substitute any other type of vinegar you prefer. Balsamic vinegar or rice wine vinegar are good alternatives.

A little ginger and garlic round out the flavours in this peanut sauce. Fresh tastes best, but you can substitute jarred chopped garlic and ginger if you prefer.

More Sauce Recipes

For another delicious sauce recipe, try this lemon herb sauce. It’s perfect for dressing up simple meals.

Or try this bbq sauce recipe. It’s paleo diet friendly, refined sugar free, gluten free, and very easy to make.

Some lettuce and chicken slices with sauce drizzled on top.
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Curry Peanut Sauce

This curry peanut sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for chicken, seafood, beef, veggies, or tofu.
Course sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, peanut butter, refined sugar free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 67kcal


  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes (or substitute fresh chili peppers)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or substitute any other vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons date paste (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter


  • Add the ginger, garlic, curry powder, chili flakes, salt, apple cider vinegar, date paste, water, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Makes 1 cup of curry peanut sauce.


  • Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg