Szechuan Peanut Sauce

Szechuan Peanut Sauce

This Szechuan peanut sauce recipe is the best dipping sauce for all Chinese appetizers – from potstickers to crab rangoons to coconut chicken!

As many of you know, I’ve made it my personal mission to make sure that I don’t miss out on my favorite foods now that I have to cook almost everything at home. This recipe is inspired by one I used to eat at my old favorite Chinese restaurant with their Szechuan dumplings, right along with sweet and sour sauce. It’s the best sauce – so good that they frequently ran out and when I went to order they would warn me ahead that the sauce was gone.

It’s also great as a sauce for grilled chicken or seared salmon, or just poured over noodles.

It will keep for about a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

I hope you love it as much as I do! If you make it, let me know how it turned out in the comments and give it a rating!

Here’s the recipe.

Szechuan Peanut Sauce
5 from 11 votes

Szechuan Peanut Sauce

This Szechuan peanut sauce recipe is the best dipping sauce for all Chinese appetizers – from potstickers to crab rangoons to coconut chicken!

Course Condiment
Cuisine Chinese American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Author Sizzling Mess


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce check label for gluten free
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 5 teaspoons tamari (or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 2 12 teaspoons chile garlic sauce
  • 1 clove garlic microplaned or minced very finely
  • 3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon granulated sugar add to taste (more if you use “natural” peanut butter, less if you use traditional sweet peanut butter)


  1. Mix all ingredients, except for sugar, together in a bowl. Taste and add sugar based on your preferences – peanut butter varies greatly in sweetness, so you’ll need to make adjustments based on that.

  2. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week!



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13 responses to “Szechuan Peanut Sauce”

  1. Stine Mari Avatar

    5 stars
    Peanut sauce is really versatile and I think this version sounds scrumptious! Dipping coconut chicken in it sounds like just my thing!

  2. Danielle Wolter Avatar

    5 stars
    i totally need to be making this. it sounds like such an amazing dipping sauce with so many great ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jacqueline Debono Avatar

    5 stars
    I love peanut sauce with Asian dishes, especially satay! Great idea to use it as a dipping sauce or with grilled chicken!

  4. Jenni LeBaron Avatar

    5 stars
    Yum! Excellent looking peanut sauce recipe. I imagine the chili garlic sauce and hoisin really elevate the flavors!

  5. Kelly Anthony Avatar

    5 stars
    What a great condiment to have in the fridge since it goes great with so many things.

  6. Kacie Morgan Avatar

    5 stars
    This looks SO good – almost like a spicy take on satay sauce. I bet it tastes great with chicken and/or shrimps.

  7. Karyl Henry Avatar
    Karyl Henry

    5 stars
    I love peanut sauce and this one looks so simple! I’m definitely going to keep this one in my list and make a big batch to enjoy all week

  8. April Avatar

    5 stars
    Delicious sauce that I could use with so many of my favorite dishes. You just can’t beat that flavor – yum!

  9. Mimi Avatar

    5 stars
    I have been really enjoying Chinese appetizers lately and have been always experimenting with sauces. This peanut sauce is definitely high on my list because it is so delicious.

  10. Geetanjali Tung Avatar

    5 stars
    I used to make peanut butter at home. But Schezwan peanut sauce sounds interesting with those ingredients… I can wain to give this recipe a try 🙂 Thanks for the share!

  11. Amanda Avatar

    5 stars
    What a delicious recipe! This sauce is so flavorful and goes well with almost anything. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Maman de sara Avatar

    This Szechuan peanut sauce looks delicious. It’s a great dipping sauce for not just Chinese appetizers😉.

  13. Nicole Hood Avatar

    Yes! I am a sauce snob and this looks delish!

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