This Indonesian Peanut Sauce is rich, creamy, easy to make and oh, so versatile! It leads to delicious, peanut-y goodness in every bite.
We love anything peanut butter flavored in our house.
Especially this Indonesian Peanut Sauce with noodles!
This Indonesian Peanut Sauce is actually a recipe I grew up eating. My Mom always made these peanut noodles using chicken as the main protein source, but today I'm obviously going to share a plant-based version.
This vegan peanut sauce thickens the longer you let it heat over a hot stove, which causes it to stick to every nook and cranny of whatever you pour it over.
Delicious, peanut-y goodness in every bite.
Let me show you how to make it!
Is Peanut Sauce the Same as Satay Sauce?
Yes, peanut sauce and satay sauce are essentially the same things.
Peanut sauce is the name commonly used in America, while satay sauce is more widely used in countries such as Indonesia. This is because this delicious peanut sauce is often served with the popular Indonesian dish, satay, which is basically meat skewers.
I had forgotten about this sauce for a long time and randomly remembered soon after switching to a vegan diet.
Thankfully, I was able to find this family favorite recipe saved as a document on my laptop and was so excited to see how easy it is to make.
To make this peanut sauce, you'll need the following ingredients (all of which I bet you already have in your fridge!)
- Peanut butter (learn how to make your own peanut butter!)
- Reduced sodium soy sauce
- Agave nectar (or brown sugar)
- Chopped onion
- Lemon juice
- Low sodium vegetable broth
- Crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
We love this sauce over noodles, but you can enjoy it in so many ways!
- As a sauce for noodles
- Drizzled over a stir-fry
- As the sauce for buddha bowls
- Stirred into fried rice
- As a dipping sauce for vegan spring rolls
- As a marinade for tofu or tempeh
How to Make Indonesian Peanut Sauce
This sauce is incredibly simple to make.
Simply follow the step-by-step instructions below and you'll be in peanut noodle heaven before you know it!
- In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce and whisk until fairly smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a skillet over medium heat and allow the sauce cook for about 5-10 minutes until it has thickened, whisking often to keep the sauce from sticking or clumping.
To make Indonesian peanut noodles, simple sauté your veggies and protein source in a skillet while the sauce is simmering.
Once the sauce is almost done cooking, add in your veggies, protein and cooked noodles to the peanut sauce. Toss all the ingredients together so that the noodles, veggies and protein can get fully coated with the sauce.
Add more red pepper flakes if desired and serve warm!
Indonesian Peanut Sauce
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons agave nectar or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
- 4 servings cooked whole wheat linguini or any kind of noodle you desire
- Chopped veggies of choice I like zucchini, bell peppers and broccoli
- Protein of choice tofu, tempeh, etc. cut into bite size pieces
- Combine all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a bowl and whisk until fairly smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a skillet over medium heat and whisk often to keep the sauce from sticking or clumping. Let the sauce cook for about 5-10 minutes until it has thickened.
- For the Noodle dish, saute your chopped veggies and protein in a separate skillet while the peanut sauce thickens.
- Once the sauce is almost done cooking, add in your veggies, protein and pasta to the peanut sauce. Toss all the ingredients together so that the noodles, veggies and protein can get fully coated with the sauce.
- Add more red pepper flakes if desired and serve warm!
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