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Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

This all-purpose condiment is a great way to add a splash of Thai flavour to a salad or vegetable dish. The secret to its exotic flavour is its perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy.



2 cups smooth peanut butter
4 limes, zest and juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon chili flakes or hot sauce
a large bunch mint
a handful or two peanuts


Toss everything into your food processor or blender, then purée until almost smooth, leaving the peanuts a touch chunky. Some blenders are stronger than others; if yours needs a little help, add a splash of water to help it purée to a thick peanut butter consistency.


  1. Alex said: On Oct 14, 2013

    Made this recipe for rice rolls – it tasted like lime peanut butter- disgusting. I couldn’t fix it with any amount of added ingredients. Huge waste of 4 limes and 2 cups of peanut butter. Very disappointed!

  2. Yvonne said: On Jul 13, 2013

    You did a Thai chicken salad dish on your show today that looked delicious, but I can’t find it on this page, there was also a coconut curry beef I’d like to try. Can anyone help?

  3. Bob said: On Dec 19, 2012

    Wow, nothing thai about this recipe at all. Where is the coconut milk or red curry paste ?

  4. W. said: On Jul 30, 2012

    I think the above recipe for peanut Thai sauce should have two cups of peanut butter. That is the amount you used in your video and in another printed recipe and on TV

    • Khert said: On Nov 19, 2012

      Yes, something is very wrong about the measurements. Had to add many more spoonfuls of peanut butter. At first it was very liquidy and limey. NOW IT ROCKS.

  5. Bozena said: On Jan 31, 2012

    Hi Michael
    can you send me yours recipes for a vanille extract?

    • Krystal said: On Jul 7, 2012

      I would like that recipe too! Not happy with how mine has turned out!

  6. i from Thailand. i great to meet u . follow u from i love your food . it cooked with your heart.look easy to do it.
    ** sorry so my skill of writing Eng. not good ***



  7. Lisa said: On Sep 13, 2011

    This sounds delicious! Just wondering how long it can be stored (if it can be at all), and if so what the best storage method is?

  8. Sophie said: On Apr 22, 2011

    This is very good! I used the fish sauce and cilantro. I didn’t have enough peanut butter so I used some tahini sesame paste and that worked just fine. I’ll try the mint in the summer!

  9. virginia said: On Mar 31, 2011

    I love all you recipes

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If you like the strong flavour of fresh cilantro, use it to replace some or all of the mint. For even more authentic Thai flavour, add a splash of Thai fish sauce.