Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Recipe
Tương Chấm Gỏi Cuốn
This authentic Vietnamese peanut sauce recipe is very easy to make and only needs a handful of ingredients. It’s delicious when it’s paired with Vietnamese Summer Rolls or as we always called them growing up Salad Rolls. This recipe is how my mom (who was Vietnamese) made them or at least it sure tastes like her sauce. Mom never wrote down her recipes so I’ve had to experiment by taste and memory from watching her cook and of course eating her delicious Vietnamese food.
Vietnamese Peanut Sauce with Summer Rolls aka Salad Rolls
Peanut sauce as known as Tương Chấm Gỏi Cuốn in Vietnamese is usually served with shrimp and pork summer rolls. I grew up calling them salad rolls as that is the literal translation from Vietnamese to English of these rolls and that’s what my mom called. I have noticed though that a lot of people call them summer rolls and even spring rolls (we call the deep fried rolls spring rolls) so since people seem to search more on Google for “summer rolls” I’m going with the flow on that.
This sauce of course pairs perfectly with our Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Summer Rolls which is a tasty alternative for those who can’t eat seafood like the original shrimp and pork summer rolls. Make sure to check out our other delicious recipes. We have everything from appetizers, main dishes and desserts like the recipes below.
- Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì
- Vietnamese Pho Ga Recipe (Chicken Pho)
- Lemon Coconut Cupcakes Recipe
- Recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake
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Is this Vietnamese Peanut Sauce for Summer Rolls Really Authentic?
There are of course always going to be different versions of any recipes and this Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce is no exception. As mentioned this one tastes exactly like my mom used to make and you don’t get more authentic than a Vietnamese mom’s recipe. At least not in my opinion you don’t lol. Either way we LOVE this recipe, especially my husband whom I call the peanut sauce king because he almost drowns his salad rolls in them (if my hubby reads this sorry hun but it’s true).
Can you use Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce on Anything Else?
You sure can. In addition to dipping summer rolls in this yummy sauce you can also top it over a noodle bowl with lemongrass chicken for example or over a salad like our Thai Peanut Chicken Salad for example. We do have a slightly different peanut sauce in that recipe but this sauce could easily be used for it, you may want to thin it out a bit though to use as a dressing. Check out our notes in the recipe card on how to do that.
Can you make this Vietnamese Peanut Sauce for Summer Rolls in Advance?
You definitely can make this peanut dipping sauce ahead of time. Once it’s cooled down after making it, just put it in an airtight container, I use mason jars and store in your fridge. You’ll want it bring it to room temperature before serving it. We’ve always used it all up within 5 days so I can’t say if it lasts longer than that but it could possibly last longer if stored properly.
Now do you want to know How to Make Vietnamese Peanut Sauce? Let’s get to this easy peasy recipe shall we?
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves (peeled and minced)
- 1 ½ - 2 cups water* (add closer to 2 cups if it’s too thick)
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- Crushed unsalted toasted peanuts
- Sriracha or Sambal chili sauce
- In a small pot heat the vegetable oil on medium to medium/high heat depending on how hot your stove gets. Add the garlic and sauté until it starts to turn a golden colour (usually less than 60 seconds).
- Add hoisin sauce, peanut butter and the water. Stir until it’s mixed well and turn the heat down to low. Let the sauce simmer for 3-6 minutes.
- Remove the peanut sauce from the pot and serve in individual dipping bowls.
- You can top with the crushed toasted peanuts and your favourite chili sauce. We use sriracha.
If the sauce is too thin let it simmer on low for a bit to see if
it thickens. If it doesn’t you can add more hoisin and peanut butter but add in small quantities to get to your desired thickness for the sauce.
Alternatively, if the sauce is too thick add in small quantities (like a tablespoon) of water at a time until it's at a consistency you like.
Instead of water you can use chicken stock but we prefer to use
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 912mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 15g
Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.
So what do you think, is that easy or what to make this Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce? You may want to make extra if you’re family loves peanut sauce like my husband does.
If you try it let us know if you like it and what you served it with.