This rich, tangy, and nutty sauce may be the ultimate dip for fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, but there’s so much more you can do with it too! In this recipe, I teach you how to make Vietnamese peanut sauce in a few minutes with less than 5 ingredients. I also give you some ideas for what to pair with this versatile sauce!
How to Make Authentic Vietnamese Peanut Sauce
If you’ve ever ordered fresh spring rolls or GỏiCuốn at a Vietnamese restaurant, you’re probably familiar with this tangy and nutty dipping sauce. Vietnamese peanut sauce is a vibrant and nutty dipping sauce that brings a lot of flavor to vegetables and meat. I personally find it hard to imagine having my homemade Vietnamese spring rolls without it!
Luckily, this sauce is extremely easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes using ingredients you may already have in your pantry. You’d be surprised how boiling together a simple combination of peanut butter, hoisin, vinegar, and water – yes, that’s all you need – can create such a dynamic sauce!
Vietnamese Peanut Sauce for Vegans and Vegetarians
This peanut sauce is also a great option for vegans and vegetarians because it has no animal-derived products. It’s a wonderful way to liven up vegan and vegetarian dishes. The nutty and tangy flavor goes really well with crisp vegetables, noodles, and fried tofu.
Vietnamese Satay Sauce
Besides using it as a dipping sauce, this peanut sauce also makes an excellent Vietnamese version of a satay sauce! Simply serve it alongside some grilled skewered chicken, beef, tofu, or any protein you want.
And while we’re on the subject, another delicious Vietnamese dipping sauce I highly recommend is my NướcChấm recipe. The sour, spicy, and garlicky flavor enhances nearly any Vietnamese dish and would pair wonderfully with grilled meats too. You can prepare both these sauces for more delicious options.
What to Serve with Vietnamese Peanut Sauce
Though it’s most commonly known as the dipping sauce for Vietnamese spring rolls, this peanut sauce is actually very versatile so feel free to try different ways of using it. It can last 3-4 weeks in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator so you have a lot of time to experiment.
I’ve talked about how you can use it as a satay sauce for grilling meat, but you can also try using it as a stir-fry sauce. Sautee your favorite vegetables and proteins with this delicious sauce and serve over steamed rice.
This would also make a great sauce for dry noodle dishes. Rice noodles would work especially well with this since Vietnamese spring rolls have rice noodles in them as well.
Lastly, you can use this as a salad dressing. The texture and flavor of the sauce works especially well with crisp vegetables such as bean sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers as well as Vietnamese herbs like mint and coriander. It would make a wonderful healthy side dish or lunch!
Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce
- 1.5 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Peanut butter
- 3/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
- 1 TBSP White Vinegar
- Heat up the water
- Add peanut butter – whisk until all is dissolved
- Add Hoisin Sauce – whisk until all is dissolved
- Let it come to a boil
- Add 1 TBSP white vinegar
- Whisk and set aside