Peanut Sauce Recipe

This Vietnamese peanut sauce recipe is so easy to make and it only has six ingredients (five if you don't count the water)! You can use this peanut sauce as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, to go over noodles or serve it over a salad as a salad dressing!

peanut sauce on a spoon over a glass bowl with a napkin in the background

This is Vietnamese Mom's recipe for peanut sauce that I'm sharing with you today! She makes it with her Vietnamese spring rolls and they go together so well!

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Growing up as a Vietnamese-American girl in California and Florida, we loved making spring rolls and having this peanut dipping sauce. It's literally the best peanut sauce recipe for spring rolls!

Peanut sauce as known as tương đậu phộng in Vietnamese is commonly served with shrimp spring rolls. While someone else's Vietnamese mom might make it differently, I'm sharing with you my Mom's recipe!

Peanut Sauce Ingredients

My Mom makes peanut sauce with creamy peanut butter, hoisin sauce, a splash of fish sauce, garlic, granulated sugar and water.

I know some peanut sauce recipes don't use hoisin sauce but I think it's perfect. It provides the right amount of sweetness. If you want to make your sauce a little less sweet, you can omit the sugar.

ingredients for peanut sauce arranged in bowls

Kitchen Tools for making Peanut Sauce

whisk and glass mixing bowl

How to make Peanut Sauce

It's actually really easy to make peanut sauce! It's only a handful of ingredients and it comes together so quickly! You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for about a week.

peanut butter in a bowl with a whisk

Measure the creamy peanut butter and place into a small mixing bowl.

peanut butter and water in a mixing bowl making peanut sauce

Add 1/3 cup of water. Whisk a little bit. The mixture will look a little bit curdled at this point.

making peanut sauce in a glass bowl with a whisk

Add the hoisin sauce (I used TanTan Foods hoisin sauce, which I love!) and splash of fish sauce and whisk together. (The fish sauce is optional!)

almost done making peanut sauce in a glass bowl with a whisk

It will look darker because of the hoisin sauce but will lighten up once you add more water.

making peanut sauce in a glass mixing bowl with a whisk

Add the remaining water and whisk for a little bit, it will be nice and creamy. 

almost done making peanut sauce in a glass Pyrex bowl with a small whisk

Add the minced garlic and sugar and mix again. Your sauce is now ready!

peanut sauce in a glass bowl with a whisk over the bowl

It's that simple to make this amazing peanut sauce recipe! In conclusion, don't forget that you can serve it with my Mom's Vietnamese spring rolls, on top of noodles or as a salad dressing. I know you and your family will love this sauce!


Vietnamese Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup water, divided in half
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 splash fish sauce, optional
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Using a measuring cup, measure the 1/2 cup peanut butter and place into a mixing bowl. Add 1/3 cup (half of the total water) into the bowl and carefully whisk a little bit. (It will look curdled).
  • Add two tablespoons hoisin sauce (I used Tan Tan Foods hoisin sauce) and fish sauce, if using. Whisk together until well blended.
  • Add the remaining 1/3 cup of water and whisk together. It will be nice and smooth and creamy. If not, add a little bit more water (this will depend on how creamy or thick your peanut butter is to begin with).
  • Add minced garlic and the teaspoon of sugar and whisk again.
  • Serve immediately with spring rolls or store in a fridge in a sealed container for about a week. (Makes about 1 cup and 2+ Tablespoons of peanut sauce.)


Just a little note about creamy peanut butters, some are thicker than others, towards the end, you might need to add a little more water to thin out the sauce a little bit. You will be able to tell by the thickness & creaminess of your peanut butter.

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls cut up in a bowl with peanut dipping sauce on a plate with a napkin in the background

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