Peanut Lime Sauce For Two

Sweet, spicy, salty, and savory, this easy Peanut Lime Sauce for Two comes together in just 5 minutes! Use as a dipping sauce for veggies, salad dressing, or tossed with noodles.

Peanut sauce in a glass mason jar with cucumber slices.

Specialty sauces and dips are the best! But if your household is small like ours getting through a bottle of salad dressing or giant jar of peanut sauce is a pretty big feat.

That’s why we’ve started creating our own small batch versions. Recipes that make just a few servings so you don’t have to suffer through eating the same dip for days or even worse…throw it out.

We’ve got a bunch of two-serving sauces, dips, and dressings planned for you this year. First up is this easy peanut lime sauce for two.

Recipe ingredients labeled on a wooden table.

Recipe Ingredients

This basic (aka not authentic) recipe calls for just six ingredients. Think of it as a jumping-off point for your own custom creation.

Nut Butter: I’m partial to the flavor of natural peanut butter but almond butter tastes great too.

Soy Sauce: We use a low-sodium variety. Traditional soy sauce, soy aminos, tamari, or coconut aminos are also good options.

Fresh Lime Juice: For a stronger lime flavor, zest the lime before juicing and adding it to the sauce. Did you know that you can freeze limes? They’re great to have on hand.

Liquid Sweetness: Real maple syrup tastes the best in my opinion but honey, agave, or brown rice syrup can be substituted.

Fresh Grated Ginger: The ginger paste that’s available in tubes saves us a lot of time during the week. Unfortunately, the tubes are usually only good for a month. If you love the flavor of ginger but don’t cook with it often try keeping a knob of fresh ginger in the freezer. Peel away some of the skin and grate a little, there’s no need to thaw.

Sriracha Sauce: This gives the sauce a little kick at the end. If you like a spicier sauce, feel free to double the amount called for.

Peanut sauce ingredients in a glass bowl with a whisk.

Mix Everything Up

Once you’ve got all of your ingredients gathered up just dump them into a bowl or jar and whisk everything together.

If the sauce is too thick, you may need to stir in a few teaspoons of water. Instead of water, you could also use coconut milk, coconut water, or more lime juice.

When adding the extra liquid, start by whisking in one teaspoon. Then keep adding more, a teaspoon at a time, until the sauce is as thick or as thin as you’d like.

Peanut Lime Sauce for Two whisked in a small glass bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I add even more flavor to the sauce?

Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic or a splash of toasted sesame oil (if you’ve already got an open bottle). It’s really up to you and your tastebuds!

Can the recipe be doubled?

Definitely! It’s great to have a little extra on hand for dipping raw veggies. We love to drizzle it on roasted eggplant, baked sweet potatoes, and broiled tofu.

How long does this last in the fridge?

Stored in a sealed container, it will keep for about 5 days in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, bring the sauce to room temperature and give it a good stir.

Peanut Lime Sauce in a glass mason jar next to a bowl of cucumber slices.

More Small Batch Sauces and Dips

Small jar of peanut sauce with lime zest next to wooden bowl of raw veggies.

Peanut Lime Sauce For Two

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

An easy 5-minute recipe that makes the perfect amount of sauce for two. From noodles to veggies it pairs well with almost anything!


  • 2 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Real Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons Water, as needed


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, ginger, and sriracha until well combined.
  2. If the sauce is too thick, whisk in the water 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.


For a stronger lime flavor, zest the lime before juicing and combine with the other ingredients. 

For a garlic lime sauce add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: Half of Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 469mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 5.7gProtein: 4.5g

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  1. I CANNOT say enough positive things about this recipe – it’s absolutely delicious! I return to it time and time again – drizzled over chicken and rice, dipping sauce for roasted cauliflower, on top of the sweet potato – just fabulous. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it I really love it.

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Rachel, and thanks for sharing how you use the sauce – lots of great ideas there!

  2. Excellent recipe! To make it even yummier (and similar to what is served in Thai restaurants), I substituted some of the water with coconut milk and used coconut aminos (from Trader Joes) instead of soy sauce.

  3. I love receiving your emails and recipes. Also, your great suggestions of what types of baking dishes work well in the Breville Pro Air oven. Thank you for your work and please keep up the good work. I will be trying the recipe for the peanut sauce today.

    1. Thank you, Hanna, your words mean a lot to us! We hope you enjoy the peanut sauce and would love to hear how you use it.

      Tim & Brie