Easy Nut Butter Dip/Sauce Recipe

Are you looking to elevate your salads, noodles, spring rolls, or stir-fries with a delicious sauce? Look no further than this homemade nut butter sauce recipe. Whether you prefer the classic peanut flavor or want to experiment with cashew, almond, pecan butter or even tahini, this sauce is incredibly versatile and easy to make. In this blog, we'll guide you through the steps of creating a mouthwatering nut butter sauce that will become your go-to dip and dressing. On top of that it's a clean and healthy way to give nourishment and flavor to your dish.

The Nut Butter Base


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or cashew/almond/pecan butter/tahini)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup/agave (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free) or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons water (adjust for desired consistency)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (optional, for added tang)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for heat & spice)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional, for extra flavor)
  • Sesame seeds or chopped (pea)nuts for garnish (optional)

Step 1: Combine the nut butter base

In a mixing bowl, start by combining your chosen nut butter, maple syrup, tamari (or soy sauce), and fresh lime juice. This forms the foundation of your flavorful sauce.

Step 2: Customize with optional ingredients

Want to kick up the flavor a notch? Here's where you can get creative. If you're a fan of garlic, mince a clove and add it for an extra layer of savory goodness. For those who love a bit of heat, incorporate a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Tailor the quantities to your heat tolerance and taste preferences. If you're in the mood for a slightly tangy kick, include 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar and incorporate it into the sauce.

Step 3: Achieve the perfect consistency

Gradually add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water to the mixture, stirring well after each addition. Keep adjusting until you reach your desired consistency. It's all about what suits your dish and your personal preference.

Step 4: Taste and adjust

Give your sauce a taste test. This is your chance to fine-tune the flavor to perfection. Add more maple syrup for sweetness, tamari or soy sauce for saltiness, lime juice for tang, or water to achieve your ideal consistency.

Step 5: Garnish for the finishing touch

If you're aiming for that restaurant-quality presentation, consider garnishing your nut butter sauce with sesame seeds or chopped peanuts. These additions not only provide a delightful texture but also enhance the visual appeal of your dish.

Serve and enjoy!

Your homemade nut butter sauce is ready to shine! Use it immediately as a dip for fresh spring rolls, a drizzle over salads, a sauce for noodles, or as a flavorful dressing for your favorite dishes. If you have any leftover sauce, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for future culinary adventures.

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