This healthy peanut sauce is my go-to sauce for dressing up meals these days. Many years ago I worked as a waitress in a Thai restaurant and I remember really loving the chef’s peanut sauce, but I also remember it contained quite a bit of sugar. In my version of peanut sauce, I swapped out the sugar for date paste and added curry powder. It’s by no means traditional, but I’m very pleased with the results. My healthy peanut sauce is sweet, sour, and so rich tasting while containing only healthy ingredients such as natural peanut butter, ginger, garlic, date paste, and apple cider vinegar.
I like to lightly brush this peanut sauce on chicken before baking or grilling, and then serve extra sauce on the side for dipping too. This sauce works equally well as a marinade or a dipping sauce for chicken, fish, shellfish, beef, tofu, or vegetables. Or you could use this healthy peanut sauce as a stir fry sauce or on rice or noodles.
Healthy Peanut Sauce Recipe
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
This one couldn’t be simpler: add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Makes 1 cup of healthy peanut sauce.