Vietnamese peanut sauce is a delicious and versatile dipping sauce that pairs perfectly with spring rolls, as well as other dishes like satay, salads, and grilled meats. It’s a creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet sauce with a rich peanut flavor. Here’s a simple recipe to make this dipping sauce.
1. How To Make Vietnamese Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar (adjust to your desired level of sweetness)
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (optional, for extra flavor)
- 1/4 cup warm water (adjust the amount to reach your desired consistency)
In a mixing bowl, add the creamy peanut butter, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, honey (or brown sugar), minced garlic, and sesame oil (if using).
Stir all the ingredients together until they are well combined. At this point, the sauce may be quite thick.
Gradually add warm water to the sauce, a few tablespoons at a time, and continue stirring. Keep adding water until you reach your desired consistency. The sauce should be creamy and smooth but still pourable.
Give the sauce a taste and adjust the flavors to your liking. You can add more soy sauce for saltiness, more honey or sugar for sweetness, or more lime juice for acidity.
Transfer the peanut sauce to a serving bowl or individual dipping bowls, and it’s ready to be served with your favorite spring rolls!
- If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can add a dash of sriracha or red chili flakes to the mixture.
- You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep well for a few days. Before serving, bring it to room temperature and give it a good stir.
This Vietnamese Peanut Sauce adds a delightful nutty and savory flavor to your spring rolls, making them even more irresistible. It’s a crowd-pleasing dipping sauce that will surely be a hit at any gathering or party. Enjoy!