Spicy Peanut Thai Stir Fry

Published by Rebecca Baron on

A thick spicy peanut sauce is one of my favorite ways of making stir fry. Originally a Thai kind of dish, but can quickly be made at home with peanut butter and some spices. Easy to make with just one skillet or a wok. You are welcome to use any sort of protein, and your favorite kinds of vegetables but for these recipes, I went with the vegetables we had on hand.

This recipes pairs well with:

  • Protein suggestions: beef, chicken or tofu
  • Vegetables suggestions: broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, water chestnuts, carrots, onions, and a medley of colorful bell peppers
  • Toppings: white sesame seeds, sliced almonds, crushed peanuts or mung bean sprouts

You can serve this with freshly steamed brown or jasmine rice, or for a low-carb option why not try lettuce wraps? Red or green lettuce and Bibb lettuce’s bright flat leaves make for a delicious crunch.


  • Start with slicing up boneless chicken breast or thigh meat into small slices.
  • Place in a large skillet on medium-to-high heat with a tablespoon of butter, avocado or coconut oil
  • Stir and flip over often to make sure it’s cooked evenly and thoroughly.
  • While the chicken is cooking, you can chop and prep the vegetables of your choice.
    • Additions like onions, garlic, mushrooms are good to add while the protein cooks. Save more delicate vegetables to when the meat is finished cooking
  • Begin to add your peanut sauce ingredients

Quick & Easy Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • Creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup to start
    • (add more for desired taste and consistency)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut, sesame or avocado oil
  • Spice for heat
    • (harissa, chili oil, hot sauce or red pepper flakes)
    • add more or less for your preference
    • Ginger also goes well
  • You want your sauce on the thicker side, add more peanut butter if the mixture starts to get runny.
  • Once you’ve mixed your sauce ingredients in the pan with your protein, then you can add your more delicate vegetables such as broccoli, squash, carrots, or water chestnuts.
  • Place a lid to cover your skillet or wok, to let those vegetables steam a bit, around 2-3 minutes.

Lettuce wraps make for a wonderful low-carb, keto, or grain-free alternative!

Let me know how yours came out!

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