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Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Use this versatile peanut sauce, with its zippy touch of chili powder, to toss with noodles or marinate meat. Of course, it’s a terrific dip for chicken wings, too! —Christine Omar, Harwich Port, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/3 cups


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, peanut butter, sugar and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the lemon juice, soy sauce and salt.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 80 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • angmclanc
    Jun 8, 2017

    I cut the soy down to a teaspoon and loved it. Delicious on cold noodles.

  • howeavenue
    Feb 2, 2012

    Omit the soy! I don't know if my tastebuds are off or what, but I was skeptical about 2 tablespoons of soy, and so I added just 1. Even that was much, much too strong and I thought ruined and overpowered all the other really nice flavors. So I kept adding peanut butter and sugar to counteract it. The sauce was delicious before I put in any soy. Of course, I was tasting it on a spoon and not on any food which would spread out the flavor a little. But I will make it again, probably with no soy at all.

  • maggie do
    Jan 18, 2012

    Very easy to make and I received many compliments and positive comments on this sauce. I served it with Satay.

  • Liz Provencher
    Sep 29, 2010

    I love this sauce, I mix it with noodles and put spicy beef or pork strips over it and it is a huge family favorite.

  • Shoes58
    Aug 5, 2010

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  • degrootsl
    Jul 27, 2010

    Good with chicken satay--also as a dip with cumcumber slices and falafel chips. Will definitely make this again.