Thai Peanut Sauce
This Thai Peanut Sauce is Paleo Whole30 and creamy delicious, plus with a nut-free option! It’s full of flavor and tastes just like the real deal in Bangkok. Drizzle it over salads, grilled meat, or cucumber noodles for a healthy delicious meal in no time!
Paleo Thai Peanut Sauce – Whole30, healthy, and with nut-free option !
Have you had the real Thai peanut sauce ? Most of the Thai-inspired version in my opinion is either too sweet or sour. There’s not enough flavor complexity and depth to the sauce.
The real Thai version should be a well balanced of savory, sweet, nutty, and tart flavors. It’s creamy yet burst of flavor in the mouthfeel. Luckily it’s really easy to make a legit version and you can use the sauce for practically anything you like!
The real version uses tamarind fruit to give a lovely tart flavor. Tamarind is a souring agent in Thai cuisine. Most often you’ll find either tamarind in concentrate/paste or in dry block form. You can find tamarind paste at local WholeFoods or online here. You can see how I use them in my Paleo Pad Thai Squash Noodles recipe.
What’s a good substitute for tamarind fruit ?
Use apple cider vinegar to replace tamarind. It will give you an approximate taste and still super yummy!
Healthy Thai Peanut Sauce
Check out the recipe below and you’ll see how ridiculously easy it is to make the sauce. Use the dressing/sauce for my Paleo Soy-Free Cold Tofu recipe or any salads or spiralized veggie noodle recipes, either way it’s creamy, nutty buttery, naturally sweet, and absolutely delicious!
So my friends, I highly recommend that you give this recipe a try. Leave a comment and rate the recipe. Let me know how it goes. And if sharing on Instagram, be sure to tag @iheartumami.ny I’d love to see your creations !
Also check out my Whole30 Asian peanut sauce, Thai cucumber noodles with peanut sauce, Shirataki noodles with Asian peanut sauce, and Whole30 vegan curry, all made without peanuts!
Paleo Easy Thai Peanut Sauce (Whole30 Thai Peanut Sauce)
- ¼ cup unsalted almond butter or sunbutter for nut-free
- 1 to 1.5 tsp Thai kitchen red curry paste
- ¼ cup full fat canned coconut milk
- 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar or tamarind paste
- ⅛ tsp coarse salt
- 1 tbsp coconut water
- Combine and stir-well unsalted almond butter (or sunbutter) with red curry paste, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, coarse salt and 1 tbsp coconut water.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed glass container/jar and best finish in 2 weeks. The sauce/dressing will become thicker over time. Thin with 1 tbsp coconut water a time until your desired consistency.
This is so delicious! I was like, “ya, ok, here we go, another paleo change that I’m gonna have to force myself to like,” but I was pleasantly surprised. You can hardly tell the difference!
So happy to hear!
Could I actually use peanut butter instead of almond butter (allergies) or sunbutter (not a fan)? Thank you.
Can you post a link to the tamarind that you use? When I click it, it only comes up with the apple cider vinegar. Thanks!
HI Megan, thank you. So sorry about that. I need to update the link. The brand is called SWAD Tamarind Concentrate. :))
Thanks again ChihYu. Made it last night and served with zuchinni noodles and grilled chicken. Wow!! Thank you so much. A definite keeper.
Thank you so much, Steve. So appreciate it!
Thank you for such an amazing recipe! Do you use raw or roasted almond butter? Thanks!
Thanks, Estela. I use raw but it works for both! The roasted version will have more toasty flavor so it depends on your preference. And please make sure they are unsalted so you can control the salt level to your liking!
Thank you! I made it with raw almond butter and the taste was fantastic!
Thank you so much for this delicious and easy recipe! Tastes SO good.
A peanut sauce without peanuts? Now I want to try this, thank you so much for this option.
I love this version of peanut sauce! So delicious 🙂
Oh, YUM! I’m all about good condiments and sauces. This is a total keeper. Thanks!
This is music to my ears and tastebuds since I can’t eat peanut butter anymore. I used to love Thai peanut sauce so much. Thank you for sharing this amazing version with us!
Perfect! I was always wondering if there is a good paleo ‘peanut’ sauce out there for my Thai recipes! now I have one 🙂
What a simple, delicious and healthy recipe. Yum!
What great way to serve and prepare a traditional peanut sauce….I love homemade versions so much more than the restaurant ones!
I never know where to get the curry paste – thank you for the link! I can’t wait to try this!
How long does it keep safely in the fridge?
Best finish in 2 weeks!
That red curry paste has me totally changing what I want for dinner tonight, LOL! Thanks for such a versatile recipe! Pinned!
Love this delicious substitute for peanut sauce! I would totally put this on everything.
Fantastic taste to eat I love this to eat Paleo Easy Thai Peanut Sauce
That’s awesome. Thanks so much !