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Let's Get Saucy! Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe (What I Ate Wednesday)

Let’s Get Saucy! Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe (What I Ate Wednesday)

Who out there is feeling saucy!?

Oh who are you kidding, I know you all have some sauce when you want to.

You sassy minx, you. 


And yes, I do too. 

In fact, I have three!

It just so happened that my eats from Tuesday won out in the spread, marinade, and sauce category, so I’m here to spread (get it?) the love by sharing with you one of my ultimate favorite sauce recipes. And two other super easy recipe ideas along the way. 


Today’s day of eats brought to you by the What I Ate Wednesday crew

Sauces don’t have to be fancy, ya’ll, but dang can they ever make a meal. What I love most about a good sauce is if you make a big batch, you can use it all through the week in all sorts of different ways… spicing up and reinventing meals each and every day.  


Have you tried making your own cream cheese flavors yet? I found some fresh baked, Montreal style everything bagels at a local bakery, so I threw together my DIY Herb & Garlic cream cheese (a lil’ extra onion powder a lil’ extra garlic powder) and had the most stellar breakfast. 

Everything bagel / Herb & Garlic cream cheese / blueberries

Have you ever had a true Montreal style bagel? They are incredible. As is this cream cheese. I did feel sorry for my castmates that morning though….. #garlicbreath.

If garlic doesn’t interest you, stir in some frozen berries and honey, some cocoa powder, or some smoked salmon. Mmmm. 


When Heather posted a fabulous recipe for Tofu Bacon the other week, she reminded me that I wanted to revisit the recipe I had thrown together a long while back, and loved.  Heather’s recipe is awesome, esPECIALLY if you don’t have/can’t have liquid smoke.  If you do have your hands on that glorious (and potent) little condiment, however, I suggest giving it a go in a tofu or tempeh marinade. 

After a couple tries to remember what I had done, I found success by throwing together:

1 Tbsp tomato paste + 1 Tbsp nuritional yeast + 2 Tbsp soy sauce + 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce + 1 Tbsp maple syurp + 1/2 tsp onion powder + 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

For 1/2 a block of extra firm tofu (double if using entire block). Slice thinly and place in marinade overnight. Then fry on both sides until crisp (8-10 minutes).

Serve in your next vegetarian BLT sandwich or wrap!

Tofu BLT Wrap and Thai Peanut Sauce recipe

“BLT” wrap: Mayo / Arugula / grated carrot / tomato / monteray jack cheese / tofu bacon 

Tofu BLT Wrap and Thai Peanut Sauce recipe

Tofu BLT Wrap and Thai Peanut Sauce recipe

Mmmmm smokey BLT. 

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Alright well no sauces here. Though… yogurt IS an all star sauce enhancer. Like in my super healthy alfredo sauce...

Oikos super grains mixed berry yogurt / 2 chocolate dipped rice cakes

Side note: These  new “super grains” oikos yogurts? I think there were, what, 3 chia seeds? Womp. 


And then came the Buddha Bowl

So there are a quadrillion “buddha bowls” out there. I love my bowls, so I’ve probably tried renditions of many of them. But to me, the only real “Buddha Bowl” is this one here. I learned the general recipe from my favorite restaurant, Fresh, and have been making it as my own homemade version for over 5 years now.  I also know there are tonnes of different Thai Peanut style sauces out there, but I’ve never bothered straying away from the one I know. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

So despite the fact that there are a million others out there, I’m sharing with you MY beloved version of The Buddha Bowl and my absolute favorite, never fail, Thai Peanut Sauce.

 Buddha Bowl Thai Peanut Sauce

I’ve made this buddha bowl with brown basmati rice, rice noodles and soba noodles. They are all equally delicious (though I am a little partial to soba noodles).

I like to throw some steamed greens in along with my rice or noodle base. Either spinach, broccoli or bok choy, usually.  

I fry up some large cubes of pressed, firm tofu in coconut oil (no marinade needed) until nice and crispy and throw them into the bowl (tip: freeze and then unthaw your tofu for that extra firm texture!)

Then I pour on the glorious Thai Peanut sauce (recipe below) and top the bowl with raw cucumber, raw tomato, green onion, cilantro, and an extra squirting of lime juice. 

When I first made this I thought the raw veggies were weird. But BELIEVE me, they are what MAKE this dish. The cool, crispness of the tomato and cucumber are what really bring out the thai peanut flavors and balance out the spices. Oh gosh they just go soooo welllll togetherrrrrr. 


Buddha Bowl Thai Peanut Sauce

Rice Noodles / Bok Choy / Fried Tofu / Thai Peanut Sauce / Cucumber / Tomato / Green onion / Cilantro / Lime

Buddha Bowl Thai Peanut Sauce

This sauce is not only good on rice or noodle bowls, but also amazing on chicken, spread on a veggie burger, in a wrap, and basically on any other leftovers you need to spruce up. 

Buddha Bowl Thai Peanut Sauce

Thai Peanut Sauce (gluten free, vegan)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 5-6 servings


  • 3/4 cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten free)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • a sprinkle of red chili flakes (to taste)


  1. Saute minced ginger and garlic in a lightly greased, medium sized pot over medium heat (stirring to not burn).
  2. Combine all ingredients in pot and whisk until smooth. Heat gently, stirring often, until hot (8-10 minutes).
  3. Taste test for preference (add more cayenne for spice, more lemon juice for liveliness, more ginger for flavor).
  4. Serve warm.
  5. To make Buddha Bowl, serve ontop of brown rice, rice noodles or soba noodles along with steamed greens of choice. Top with fried tofu, raw tomato, raw cucumber, green onion, cilantro and extra lime juice.
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Evening Snack:

And to cap off a great day of eats, I served myself a bowl of Liberte Mediterranee ‘s new CHAI flavor 9% yogurt and a side plate of chocolate.

Liberte mediterranee 9% yogurt / Lindt Chocolate / M&M Crispies

Tell me,

What’s your favorite sauce??



  1. chasetheredgrape | 15th Mar 17

    What a saucy day you had! πŸ˜‰
    I have discovered a new found love for ketchup. It never used to fuss me much but now I adore it! Maybe it’s because I have found a way I like potatoes now, as crispy oven fries! And how could you have oven fries without ketchup!?

    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      I LOVE ketchup. Its like my adoration for it has just grown and grown over the years. My favorite meal right now is baked sweet potato or regular potato… with lots of ketchup…. chicken sausage, with lots of ketchup… and some vegetable. Probably with more ketchup.
      Also I love “it never used to fuss me much.” Never heard that wording before πŸ™‚

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 15th Mar 17

    Alex and I have a thai peanut sauce that has been a go to for years. Only problem? It is different every time I make it! ooooooppps
    I want all the things
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Meh – that’s the fun with sauces. And recipes in general. It can be a creative pursuit each time.

  3. Jamie@TheMomGene | 15th Mar 17

    I LOVE your alfredo sauce…as in, could eat it with a spoon. Mmmmm.

    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      I could breaststroke around in that stuff.

  4. Kat | 15th Mar 17

    There you go again, making me crave a dang bagel πŸ˜‰ My hubby and I are actually planning a trip to San Fran so that I can explore some gluten-free bakeries. I’m hoping to snatch some freshly made breads and bagels!
    And that peanut sauce girl – YUM! It might because it is mostly made of peanut butter but I must say that Thai peanut sauce is one of my all time favorite sauces. I just love all the flavors! And I’m with you here – I’m a sauce girl alllll the way. It can really make or break a dish and even make the most boring and bland foods taste incredible! <3
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Girl we need to find you a BAGEL. You better seek out ALL the GF bakeries in SF and then take like 5 doggy bags home with you to store in the freezer.

  5. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 15th Mar 17

    Thanks for sharing my recipe! πŸ˜€ I love a good sauce too–it really makes a meal! That peanut sauce looks amazing–I’ve never tried the freezing of the tofu for extra firmness! My favorite sauce is probably some kind of garlicy pesto–mmmmm πŸ˜€
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Try the tofu trick!! (just make sure to unthaw it the night before so you aren’t stuck with a frozen block when you want to use it). It would be great for your stir fries and tofu bacon. Pesto. Mmmmmmmm.

  6. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 15th Mar 17

    I love sauces to add flavors to meals. And I have some tofu to use up so thanks for sharing that recipe! This peanut sauce sounds like everything I need now.
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Slather it on annnnytthhinnnggg!

  7. Kate | 15th Mar 17

    hey that’s a fun idea to do with the cream cheese! I’m such a sucker for everything bagels with plain cream cheese, but I could totally switch it up with herbed cream cheese and regular wheat bagel.
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Every time I have an everything bagel I think of you. Do you ever get it with the herb garlic cream cheese? Its such a strange combination but sooooo goooooooood.

  8. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 15th Mar 17

    Um, yes please. I’m all for this peanut sauce. I actually made stirfry with a similar kind of sauce last night for my folks–just using up what we happened to have in the house–but it was really thick and not really pourable. I dig the idea of adding the veggie broth in, which would give it that saucy texture. Definitely pinning this guy!
    And yes, I have no doubt that you are very saucy, Cora. πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Sauces are great in that way that you can just look in the cupboard/fridge and use what you have. Thick sauces have their place too. I’m sure your parents loved it!

  9. Carrie this fit chick | 15th Mar 17

    ooo delicious sauce, girl! I’m peanut butter’s #1 fan, so I approve this recipe πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      I have yet to find any place where peanut butter is not good. Er, amazing. Thanks Carrie!

  10. Miss Polkadot | 15th Mar 17

    Agreed. A good sauce can take a dish from delish to awesome as well as turn a plain bowl of grains and vegetables to the next level. Peanut sauce is a family favourite and yours sounds so good. Let’s just call you the sauce – or saucey ;)? – lady. Honestly, though, teach me your sauce-creating tricks. I have a few go-tos but hardly try new ideas because sometimes it’s tricky to figure out which spices to add and how to balance them out.

    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      That’s where the experimentation comes in! Just gotta plunge in and give it a go. What I love about sauces (and soups and stews) is that they never have to be “finished.” You can just keep adding and adding until it tastes just as you want it. I think sauces are especially useful for vegetarians to spice up all those rice and bean bowls!

  11. Emily Swanson | 15th Mar 17

    Rice and Veggies and Sauce all sound incredible! <3 I love Oriental foods so much; and this is very beautiful Cora. That peanut sauce sounds like something you could put on everything. Also that cute little BLT wrap just fits you so well. You constantly amaze me with all the different combos you are dreaming up; you have both a chef and an actress's brain. God is doing something wonderful with all your abilities and dreams.
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Thanks Emily. I read this at the right time…. not exactly feeling confident in my talents or abilities right now.

      What oriental meals do you and your family like to make? Ever make pad thai? This sauce goes well with sooooo many things. And its perfect for your love of peanut butter!!

  12. Ellie Pell | 15th Mar 17

    I’m totally saving this recipe and using it tomorrow! I love peanut anything! My favorite sauce is a 5 ingredient cheese sauce. I’ve actually had it the past two nights because it’s so simple and delicious. Thanks for the recipe Cora πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      I’m thinking you’d like it. I have your cheese sauce on my “must make” list!! I need to get on that. Maybe we can air-mail each other tupperwares of our respective sauces. Aha.

  13. Casey the College Celiac | 15th Mar 17

    I love my homemade vegan cheese sauce – it’s perfect for mac n cheese, nachos or anything in between! I also love creating a chocolate sauce/magic shell for my smoothies using coconut oil and cacao powder. So easy but so delish!
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Ooooo I should try this!! Both of these actually. Chocolate shell is brilliant.

  14. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 16th Mar 17

    I think the thai peanut sauce sounds amazing and you’re making me crave a big old Buddha bowl, raw veggies and all. Also, I want herbed cream cheese, just not at the same time. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 18th Mar 17

      Breakfast lunch or dinner. Wherever you want to place them!

  15. Lyss | 16th Mar 17

    oooh that that thai peanut sauce sounds so good!! also bagels are one of my fav breakfasts ever lol. love bagel and cream cheese combo!
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  16. Kristy from Southern In Law | 17th Mar 17

    That “supergrains” yogurt sounds like a super fail! They must have been cheap with their chia! πŸ˜›

    Peanut sauce is definitely a favourite of mine – but I love any kind of tomato-y sauce so my nomato sauce version of marinara is definitely my go to <3
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    • Cora | 17th Mar 17

      Do you have the recipe on your blog?? If so send me the link!

  17. Kaylee | 19th Mar 17

    Strangely, the only way I like peanut butter is in savory peanut sauces/dips/spreads so you have basically stolen my heart with this recipe. I’ve got some cream cheese sitting in the fridge and need to use that up. Will definitely be giving that DIY cream cheese spread a try!

    Aside from peanut sauces, I like myself a good BBQ sauce or pesto too! Hope you are having a wonderful and saucey weekend, Cora. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 19th Mar 17

      You don’t like peanut butter!? Whooooaaaaa. I’m not sure I’ve met someone who doesn’t like peanut butter before…. (other than in savory dips – that’s very interesting). Do you like other types of nut butters?
      I’m on a big BBQ sauce kick lately. So good.

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  20. Mehndi makeup | 9th Oct 17

    Oh! This looks so yummy. I absolutely love, am so happy to see this recipe. I will have to add it to next week’s menu plan.
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