10-minute peanut dipping sauce for an irresistible taste

Are you ready to elevate your Vietnamese spring roll game? Look no further! As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I am excited to share with you my recipe for the perfect peanut dipping sauce. This sauce is the ultimate combination of savory, spicy and sweet, creating the perfect complement to fresh spring rolls.

For those who may be unfamiliar, Vietnamese spring rolls, or gỏi cuốn, are a light and refreshing dish consisting of translucent rice paper filled with vegetables, fresh herbs, and protein such as shrimp or tofu. They are often served as appetizers, but can also be enjoyed as a meal or snack.

The peanut dipping sauce is an essential component of the dish as it provides a creamy and flavorful contrast to the crispy texture of the rolls. My recipe combines classic Vietnamese ingredients such as garlic, lime juice, and soy sauce with creamy peanut butter to create a delicious umami flavor.

Whether you’re whipping up a batch for a family dinner or impressing guests at a party, this peanut dipping sauce is sure to impress. So let’s get started – time to roll up our sleeves and get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Peanut Dipping Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Roll
Peanut Dipping Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Roll

Vietnamese Spring Rolls are a beloved appetizer all around the world. But what’s a spring roll without the perfect dipping sauce? That’s where this fantastic Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce comes in! Oh, let me tell you, you’re going to fall in love with this recipe.

The beauty of this sauce lies in its simplicity. All the ingredients used to create it are staples that you may already have in your kitchen. But when combined together, they create a divine umami flavor that takes your taste buds on an adventure. The peanut butter and soy sauce create a rich and nutty base, while the garlic, sugar, and lime juice complement each other perfectly to add the perfect punch of flavor. And if you like some heat in your dish, add some chili sauce for that extra kick.

But here’s what truly sets this Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce apart from others – its versatility. You can use it as a dressing for your salad or as a dip for your deep-fried appetizers. You can even serve it as an accompaniment to your main course or drizzle it over stir-fry noodles to add some depth of flavor.

If you’re following a special diet, this recipe is perfect for you too. It’s vegan and gluten-free, which means anyone can enjoy it without worrying about any dietary restrictions.

In conclusion, with minimal effort and basic ingredients, you can make a delicious and versatile peanut dipping sauce that is going to hit all the right notes on your taste buds. I promise once you try this recipe out, it will become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. Get ready to serve the perfect pairing to spring rolls with this Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce!

Ingredient List

 The perfect complement to any Vietnamese spring roll
The perfect complement to any Vietnamese spring roll

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious peanut dipping sauce for Vietnamese spring rolls. Don’t worry; most of these ingredients are pantry staples in Asian cuisine, and you can find them easily at any grocery store that carries Asian ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter: Smooth peanut butter is best for this recipe, but you can use chunky if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Water: It helps create the right consistency for the sauce.
  • Garlic: 1 clove garlic adds that pungent flavor we all love.
  • Lime juice: Use fresh lime juice for a nice tangy kick.
  • Light soy sauce: For that umami flavor, you can’t go wrong with quality light soy sauce.
  • Hoisin sauce: 2 tbsp hoisin sauce gives the perfect sweetness to this recipe.
  • Fish sauce (optional): If you want to add extra umami flavoring, feel free to add 1 tbsp of fish sauce.
  • Chili garlic sauce (Sambal): I recommend using 1 tbsp of chili garlic sauce, but adjust the heat level according to your preference.
  • Brown Sugar or Honey (optional): For a touch of sweetness, brown sugar or honey work perfectly in place of hoisin sauce. You can also use coconut sugar as an alternative to both brown sugar and honey.
  • Rice vinegar: To give that desired tartness equal to lime juice, rice vinegar is used.

You can also use spicy peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter to give a little extra heat! These ingredients yield around 1 cup of Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 A rich and nutty sauce to satisfy your cravings
A rich and nutty sauce to satisfy your cravings

Now that you’ve got all your ingredients ready, it’s time to make the star of the show – the Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Step 1: Prepare the Garlic

Peel and chop 1 clove of garlic into small pieces. You could also use garlic paste if you have that on hand.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine ½ cup water, ¼ cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons chili sauce, 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce.

Then add in 1 tablespoon sugar and mix well until it dissolves.

Next, add in ½ cup creamy peanut butter (smooth works best), along with the chopped garlic, and stir until everything is combined into a smooth, creamy consistency.

Step 3: Adjust the Flavor

This is where you can bring your creativity to the table. Taste test and see if you need to add more sugar or lime juice to balance out the flavors. If you want more umami flavor, add a teaspoon of fish sauce. For a spicy kick, add more chili sauce.

If your sauce seems too thick, you can loosen it up by adding water by tablespoon increments.

Step 4: Serve!

Once you’re satisfied with the taste and texture of your Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce, transfer it into a small serving bowl or ramekin. Sprinkle some chopped peanuts or sliced green onions on top for presentation.

Enjoy dipping your fresh spring rolls or summer rolls in this heavenly concoction – trust us, you won’t be able to stop at just one!

Substitutions and Variations

 A classic sauce that can elevate any dish
A classic sauce that can elevate any dish

As with any recipe, there are variations and substitutions that you can make to tailor the dish to your specific tastes or dietary needs. Here are some ideas for customizing your peanut dipping sauce:

– Garlic: If you’re not a fan of fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder instead. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more to taste.

– Sugar: Brown sugar, honey, or coconut sugar can be used in place of white sugar. Keep in mind that these sugars may alter the taste of the sauce slightly.

– Lime juice: If you don’t have lime juice on hand, lemon juice or rice vinegar will work as a substitute.

– Chili sauce: For a less spicy version, leave out the chili sauce altogether. For a spicier version, add more chili sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

– Soy sauce: Light soy sauce is used in this recipe, but you can use dark soy sauce if that’s what you have on hand. Gluten-free soy sauce is also an option.

– Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter is used in this recipe, but you can use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer some texture. You can also substitute almond or cashew butter if you have a peanut allergy or just want to try something different.

– Hoisin sauce: Omit hoisin sauce if it’s not available in your pantry or substitute it with fish sauce for an umami flavor or oyster sauce.

– Vegetarian/Vegan options: Use vegan alternatives for fish and hoisin sauces which are readily available in markets. Spring rolls themselves are vegetarian; swapping out shrimp to sauteed mushrooms and sliced avocado makes it vegan-friendly.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and customize this recipe according to what ingredients you have on hand and what flavors you enjoy. With these substitutions and variations, you can create a peanut dipping sauce that’s perfectly suited to your tastes.

Serving and Pairing

 A versatile sauce that can be used for dipping or as a dressing
A versatile sauce that can be used for dipping or as a dressing

If you want to bring some extra tasty flavors to your Vietnamese Spring Rolls, this peanut dipping sauce is a perfect match! The dip has a rich and smooth texture that’s perfect for drizzling over fresh spring rolls or vegetable sticks such as carrots, cucumber, or bell pepper.

Suppose you’re hosting a party or want to get creative with your dinner. In that case, this peanut dipping sauce can also pair well with Vietnamese-style salads, glass noodles, shrimp rolls, or even crispy egg rolls. This dip will take the taste of your dishes to another level and tie different elements together for an incredible culinary experience.

The peanut flavor in this sauce brings out a fantastic umami taste and complements salads and summer rolls exceptionally well. If you like spicy food or looking for more boldness in your dishes, you can add more chili sauce to your dip or try a Chinese peanut sauce.

This dip is flavorful on its own but versatile enough that it won’t overshadow other dishes’ taste. It elevates the taste of any vegan or vegetarian dish but doesn’t restrict you if you’d like to pair it with non-vegetarian options.

My personal favorite way of enjoying this peanut dipping sauce is with fresh rice paper rolls packed with crunchy veggies and some shrimp. But don’t limit yourself! There are endless possibilities that can marry well with this Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of roasted peanuts will tempt your taste buds
The aroma of roasted peanuts will tempt your taste buds

One of the best things about this peanut dipping sauce for Vietnamese spring rolls is that it can easily be made ahead of time, stored for later use, and reheated to perfection. This makes it a convenient and practical option for various occasions and events.

To make ahead, simply prepare the sauce as directed in the recipe instructions. Once the sauce is ready, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

When it’s time to serve, bring the sauce back to room temperature and give it a good stir to ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly combined. If you find that the consistency is thicker than you prefer, simply mix in a bit of water until it reaches your desired texture.

If you have any leftover sauce after serving, don’t worry, there’s no need to waste anything. Simply store your remaining sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.

To reheat the sauce, warm it up slowly over low heat on the stove while stirring constantly to prevent burning or sticking. You can also microwave small portions of the sauce at thirty-second intervals until heated through.

Note that reheating may cause some separation or thinning of the mixture due to the oil content of the peanut butter. However, this can quickly be fixed with a quick stir and adding more water during the reheating process as necessary.

So go ahead, make plenty of this delicious peanut dipping sauce in advance and store it for hassle-free serving whenever needed!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The creamy texture will make you want to lick your fingers
The creamy texture will make you want to lick your fingers

If you want to achieve the perfect peanut dipping sauce consistency, here are some tips for you. Firstly, you can adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less water. If you prefer a thicker consistency, add less water. Conversely, if you prefer a thinner consistency, add more water.

Next, do not be alarmed if your sauce appears too thick after it has been refrigerated for an extended period of time. Just mix well and add a small amount of warm water to reach your desired consistency. Do not panic if your sauce is tastes overly strong or salty as this can be remedied by adding more lime juice or sugar to balance the flavor.

It is important to use smooth peanut butter when making this sauce recipe as it results in a smoother, consistent texture which is ideal for dipping spring rolls. I recommend using creamy peanut butter rather than crunchy peanut butter for a better texture.

Another tip is to use fresh lime juice as opposed to bottled lime juice. The fresh lime juice has a stronger aroma and tangier flavor which brings out the umami flavor of the sauce. Finally, I recommend letting the ingredients sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before preparing the sauce. This allows them to come up to room temperature making them easier to mix and results in a better outcome.

Overall, with these few tips, you can make sure that your Vietnamese peanut butter dipping sauce turns out amazing every time!


Now, let’s move on to the section where I answer some of the frequently asked questions about this peanut dipping sauce recipe. The FAQ section will provide more insight into this dish and help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise during the cooking process. So, keep reading to find out more about this Vietnamese-inspired delight!

How to make Vietnamese peanut sauce for rolls?

For this Vietnamese-inspired recipe, we’ll need a handful of ingredients to whip up a delectable peanut sauce. Grab a jar of smooth peanut butter, two tablespoons of soy sauce (Tamari or gluten-free), and two tablespoons of either brown sugar, honey, or coconut sugar. To add a tangy kick, we’ll also need one tablespoon of rice vinegar or lime juice, one crushed garlic clove, half to one teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (depending on your heat tolerance), and three to six tablespoons of warm water to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency. Follow along for step-by-step instructions on how to make this irresistible sauce.

What is Vietnamese peanut sauce made of?

This peanut sauce recipe features a savory blend of hoisin sauce, garlic, and peanut butter, which combines to create a mouth-watering umami flavor. A touch of water is then added to tone down the intensity of the hoisin sauce and harmonize the flavors.

What is spring roll with peanut sauce?

Join me in making some Fresh Spring Rolls paired with an easy-to-make peanut sauce. These rolls are a medley of veggies, rice noodles, and herbs wrapped up in see-through rice paper. These gems are versatile in that they can be enjoyed as a light meal, snack, or as an appetizer. So let’s dive in!

What is Chinese peanut sauce made of?

If you’re looking for a tasty and versatile sauce, consider trying out the Chinese peanut sauce. This sauce, prepared using peanut butter and soy sauce, can be used in various ways – as a marinade for meat or as a pan sauce for cooking chicken.

What to serve with Vietnamese spring rolls?

As a chef with expertise in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I have put together a list of mouthwatering dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. From a tangy sweet chilli dip to a refreshing Asian chopped salad, these recipes are sure to impress your guests. A harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors, the pineapple fried rice and sweet and sour chicken are surefire hits. A hearty bowl of chicken and sweetcorn soup is perfect for cold or rainy days, while the Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce and wok-fried noodles offer a nutritious and delectable side dish. To top it all off, the Asian coleslaw makes for a tasty and refreshing salad option. Keep on reading for detailed instructions on how to prepare each of these scrumptious dishes.

What is Thai peanut sauce called?

Originating from Indonesia, satay sauce is a peanut-based sauce that is enjoyed all over Southeast Asia, although it is often associated with Thai cuisine. Its most notable usage is for satay, a delicious appetizer made by marinating meat, such as chicken, pork, or beef, and grilling it on a skewer. The sauce provides a slightly spicy and nutty flavor to the dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this peanut dipping sauce recipe is the perfect companion to any Vietnamese or Asian-inspired dish. With its flavorful combination of garlic, sugar, lime juice, chili sauce, and peanut butter, it packs a punch of umami flavor that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. This sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for fresh spring rolls or as a spread on rice paper rolls. It is a versatile and easy-to-make recipe that can be customized to suit your taste preference.

With these 10 sections, you will have all the information needed to create your perfect peanut dipping sauce that will help elevate your dishes to new heights. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab some hoisin sauce, peanut butter smooth, soy sauce, and some other ingredients like garlic and sugar and start whipping up this tasty sauce at home! I assure you that it’s a game-changer to enjoy with your summer rolls, gỏi cuốn or shrimp rolls!

Peanut Dipping Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Roll

Peanut Dipping Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Roll Recipe

Great sauce for spring rolls.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1664.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Season to taste.

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Serving: 266gCalories: 1664.6kcalCarbohydrates: 79.2gProtein: 73.8gFat: 130.2gSaturated Fat: 26.6gSodium: 5667.2mgFiber: 18.4gSugar: 41.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Asian, Easy
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