This almond satay sauce is perfect as a dip, spread, marinade or dressing and is easy to make with just a few ingredients.

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This delicious sauce is versatile and highly addictive! From tofu to salads, bowls to dipping, it makes a great choice for just about everything!

It’s also super easy to make with everyday pantry ingredients and you don’t need a blender or food processor – you can just mix it up in a bowl!

Why You’ll Love this Sauce

  • Dietary: Vegan, can be gluten-free and nut-free.
  • Great for tofu, tempeh, bowls, dipping, noodles and more!
  • Easy to make, no blending or cooking required.
  • Stores well so can be made ahead of time.
  • Great meal prep sauce.

Ingredient Notes

Labelled ingredients for an Asian almond satay sauce.

A complete list of ingredients with amounts and full instructions is located in the printable recipe card below. This section covers ingredient and substitution considerations.

  • Almond Butter: Use your favourite almond butter or switch things up and try peanut butter, for a nut-free option, use sunflower seed butter.
  • Coconut Milk: Use canned light coconut milk in this recipe and make sure you shake the can well before using.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce: Easy to find in most grocery stores or in Asian specialty stores, usually in a glass bottle, look for a bright red sauce with chili flakes in it!
  • Tamari or soy sauce: Either works great, use tamari for a gluten-free sauce. You could also use coconut aminos for a soy-free sauce.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Rice wine vinegar or white vinegar also work here.

How to Make Almond Butter Sauce

Add everything to a bowl or sealable container and either stir or shake until smooth and creamy.

Quick Tip: Depending on the almond butter you use, you may need a little water to adjust the consistency. Add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

How to Use Satay Sauce

A bowl of creamy almond butter sauce with a spoon beside it.


Can I use cashew butter instead of almond butter?

Absolutely! Cashew butter works great in this recipe, as does peanut butter or any other nut butter.

Can I make this recipe nut-free?

Yes! Use sunflower-seed butter to make this recipe nut-free. Other nut-free sauces you may enjoy are this tahini miso sauce or glory bowl sauce.

What if I’m allergic to soy?

If you need this recipe to be soy-free, use coconut aminos instead of tamari or soy sauce.

Is there a substitute for coconut milk?

You could use any other plant-based milk milk such as almond or cashew or substitute 2 tbsp of soaked cashews + 4 tbsp water to make a cashew cream.

Can I make spicy satay sauce?

Yes. To make this sauce spicy, add up to 1 tsp Sriracha or chili garlic pasta such as sambal oelek.

How to Store

Store the finished sauce in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The sauce will thicken in the fridge and can be thinned with water, if needed.

A small jar of creamy almond butter sauce.

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A bowl of creamy almond butter sauce with a spoon beside it.

Almond Satay Sauce

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan
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This quick and easy almond butter satay sauce is perfect as a dip, spread or dressing.



  1. Add everything except the water to a bowl or sealable container and shake or stir until uniform and creamy. If using a fresh can of coconut milk, be sure to shake well before opening.
  2. Add water 1 tsp at at time to adjust the consistency, if needed. You may want it a little thicker if using as a dip or a little thinner if using as a dressing or sauce.
  3. Serve as a dip, spread it in a wrap or use it as a sauce for chopped salads, tofu, tempeh, noodles and buddha bowls.
  4. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


To make it spicier, add up to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or 1-2 tsp sriracha sauce.


  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 347 mg
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

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