Quick Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

by Alena

Meet the sauce of your dreams: creamy peanut butter, umami, and endless possibilities. How can 4 ingredients be so tasty? Try it for yourself and you’ll see!

Among the many dipping sauces, this is one of our favorites! It’s savory, garlicky, with a hint of sweetness from the hoisin. Plus, it takes less than 5 minutes to make!

You can make this dipping sauce in bulk or for a few servings (we recommend making more than you think — it’s that addictive!) Set out a platter of veggies, and this sauce will be the perfect pair.

It’s also delicious with pan-fried tofu or with our fresh summer rolls. What’s more, this sauce can be transformed into a dressing! Once thinned out with water, you can drizzle over salads and buddha bowls.

For more tasty sauces, check out our avocado lime ranch dressing or vegan garlic yogurt sauce!

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Why you’ll love it

  • Mouthwatering flavor
  • Savory, umami, garlicky
  • So easy to make
  • Beginner friendly
  • Only 4 ingredients

All you need is a bowl and some measuring equipment for this delectable peanut sauce!

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Ingredients needed

  • Hoisin sauce — salty and slightly sweet sauce. Umami-rich.
  • Crunchy peanut butter — delicious peanut taste with a smooth and crunchy texture.
  • Sesame oil — adds a nutty, earthy taste.
  • Minced garlic — who doesn’t love garlic? Adds extra flavor.

Below you’ll find exact measurements and additional serving suggestions.

How to make peanut hoisin dipping sauce

  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan. 
  2. Whisk to combine, then let it simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.
  3. Add water as needed to achieve a slightly runny texture and a smooth, glossy look.
  4. Adjust to taste preferences, then transfer to a small serving bowl.
  5. Enjoy as a dip or dressing!
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Storage & reheating

You can store this sauce in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge and up to 4 months in the freezer. Let thaw before using. 

This sauce can be enjoyed at room temperature or warm. To reheat, place in a microwave-safe bowl for 15 seconds or until at desired temperature. 

Serving suggestions

The versatility of this sauce is endless! We love it as a standard dipping sauce for summer rolls or fried tofu, but it’s great in other ways as well. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Make a dressing: thin out with more water and drizzle over salads and bowls!
  • Use it as a stir-fry sauce: toss with some veggies and tofu. Yum!
  • Use sauce as a base for curry: mix sauce with coconut milk and veggies for a hearty meal.
  • Create a soup base: add some veggie broth and coconut milk for a fantastic soup base.
  • Use as a marinade: let your tofu or vegan meat marinate in the sauce before frying!
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FAQ and tips

Do I have to use crunchy peanut butter?

Nope! We just like using crunchy because of the texture variety. You can use smooth too!

Customize ingredient amounts

Recipes are sometimes guidelines, not exact rules! We always recommend tasting your recipes as you go so you can adjust the flavor. 

For example, in this recipe you can add as much garlic as you love, or maybe omit altogether. The choice is yours! 

You can also reduce the calories by omitting the sesame oil.

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Quick Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

This delicious peanut hoisin dipping sauce requires only 4 ingredients and 3 minutes to make! Perfect for summer rolls, curries, marinades, dressings, and more.


  • 6 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan. 
  2. Whisk to combine, then let it simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.
  3. Add water as needed to achieve a slightly runny texture and a smooth, glossy look. 
  4. Adjust to taste preferences, then transfer to a small serving bowl. Enjoy!


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the fridge.
  • Adjust ingredients according to taste preferences!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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