Switching Up Dinner Time: 6 Drool-Worthy Savory Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut butter has come a long way since its creation in 1895. It's not just a sweet spread anymore. It's now a versatile ingredient that can add depth and flavor to any savory dish. If you've only ever used peanut butter for cookies and shakes, you're missing out on a world of delicious possibilities.

The key to incorporating peanut butter into savory dishes is balance. You don't want the peanut butter to overpower the other flavors. But when done right, peanut butter can add a layer of complexity that takes a dish from good to great.

So, if you're ready to try something new, keep reading and learn more about the best savory peanut butter-based dishes below.

1. Thai Chicken and Rice

Discover the subtle blend of Thai cuisine with a nutty twist in this satisfying peanut Thai Chicken and Rice dish. With the right peanut butter and a few simple ingredients, you can create a savory and sweet flavor profile that will leave you wanting more.

Aim to avoid peanut butter options with too much sugar. A bit of sugar is fine to offset the savory dish, but balance is important to avoid any weird aftertastes.

Start with a fresh pound of chicken and rice from your local store. Or, substitute rice with whole-grain noodles if you prefer. 

Once you have the base ingredients, it's time to gather the flavorful additions: soy sauce, honey, orange juice, and salsa. These ingredients combine perfectly to create a slightly sweet sauce with a tangy kick. Just don't forget to add two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter to really elevate the flavor. 

While the sauce is warming up in the microwave, cook your chicken and rice to perfection. Then, assemble your dish by spooning the rice onto your plate, followed by the chicken. Finally, drizzle your mouth-watering sauce on top and enjoy your homemade creation!

2. Spicy Pulled Pork and Peanut Butter Sandwich

This next savory-sweet recipe has a touch of Thai inspiration and is perfect for those looking to try something new. Don't let the ingredient list fool you - this dish is easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.

Start by making the pulled pork. If time is of the essence, buying it pre-made from the grocery store is always an option.

Next, gather the additional ingredients. Sriracha sauce, sliced jalapenos, curry powder, and peanut butter. To elevate your sandwich game, use artisan-style bread for a more rustic and savory flavor.

Follow these steps to build the ultimate pulled pork sandwich: slather peanut butter on two slices of crusty bread, add the pulled pork on top, followed by the Sriracha sauce, sliced jalapenos, and a sprinkle of curry powder. Enjoy this mouthwatering creation!

The sweetness of the peanut butter will perfectly counteract the spicy and savory pulled pork. Trust us, this sandwich will make your coworkers' lunches look sad in comparison.

3. Asian-Style Peanut Butter Stirfry

This recipe may call for many ingredients, but trust us, the end result is worth it.

  • 8 ounces of rice noodles
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot

Start by cooking the rice noodles. Then combine the soy sauce, peanut butter, water, lime juice, and brown sugar. Combine all the flavors together and toss in the crushed garlic.

Once your sauce is prepped, get your chicken ready in a hot pan with some canola oil. Cook your chicken until you can no longer see any pink and it turns into crispy, tender strips. Ensure that you remove it from the pan before it gets too dry.

Next, cook the broccoli and shredded carrots in the same way you cooked the chicken. You want them to keep that wonderful crispness while still being soft and flavorful.

Then, add your sauce and let it thicken into a mouth-watering delight. Once that's ready, toss in your chicken and ensure everything is coated in that sticky, flavorful sauce.

Finally, add the rice noodles. Once they're perfectly coated, your dish is ready to serve.

4. Butternut Squash and Peanut Butter Soup

This is a very warm and cozy recipe that's perfect for autumn or winter. And don't worry, you can enjoy it all year round, no matter the temperature outside.

  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Let us introduce you to our easy, slow-cooker butternut squash soup! With just a few simple steps (and barely any clean-up), you'll have a delicious meal that's perfect for a chilly evening.

Simply toss everything into your slow cooker and let it work its magic until the squash is soft and the flavors have fully developed. Once it's done, add the mixture into a blender and blend it until it creates a smooth and luscious puree.

Top it off with a sprinkle of black pepper, a spring of fresh cilantro, or a drizzle of spicy Sriracha sauce. It's the perfect comfort food that's sure to warm you up from the inside out!

5. Tofu Pad Thai Soup

Get ready to spice up your soup game with a delicious alternative to heavy butternut squash. Say hello to Pad Thai soup- the perfect balance of flavors with a spicy kick that will awaken your taste buds. Don't be shy, but do be warned that this soup is not for the faint of heart!

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 serrano pepper, chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pack of tofu
  • 6 ounces of rice noodles
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 4 green onions, sliced

Create a delicious and aromatic dish in just a few simple steps! Begin by combining tomatoes, serrano pepper, soy sauce, peanut butter, and sesame oil in a pot to heat. Once the aroma starts to waft through the air, add in the broth and let the mixture boil for a few minutes because adding the noodles and tofu.

Note: Tofu is very delicate and will get firmer as it cooks. Let is sit and absorb the broth's flavors. As for the rice noodles, keep an eye on them as they cook quickly and you don't want them to turn mushy.

When everything is almost ready, toss in the bean sprouts and green onions for an extra crunch.

Serve up this delectable dish to your loved ones and watch them savor every bite. And if you're not a fan of spiciness, fear not - simply leave out the serrano pepper and still enjoy all the flavors!

6. Peanut Butter Mayo Sandwich

Mixing peanut butter and mayo may sound strange, but it is surprisingly tasty. Originating from the southern United States, this mixture of peanut butter and mayo gives the peanut butter a smooth, rich quality that is hard to resist.

To try it out for yourself, start with one tablespoon of each ingredient and mix them together in a bowl until they reach a smooth consistency. Grab a slice of white bread and spread the mixture generously on top. For an added twist, toast the bread beforehand to bring out its flavors.

This unique sandwich is perfect for anyone looking to try something new in the kitchen. Give it a go and see for yourself what all the fuss is about- you may just be pleasantly surprised.

Shredded cheddar cheese is a popular addition to this classic sandwich. Not only does it bring out the flavors of peanut butter and mayo, but other types of cheese like mozzarella or swiss can work too.

For those feeling adventurous, slices of banana or jalapeno and a dab of hot sauce can take this snack to the next level. Don't be afraid to get creative and customize it to your liking - it will still be delicious!

All About Savory Peanut Butter Recipes

The creamy, nutty goodness of peanut butter isn't just for sweet treats anymore! Shake up your go-to cooking routine with some savory peanut butter dishes. From tantalizing Asian-inspired sauces that meld peanut butter with aromatic spices to hearty soups and stews, the options are as limitless as your culinary creativity.

Why not try a savory peanut butter sandwich, too? It's time to unleash the full potential of everyone's favorite nut butter. To learn more about nut butter, explore what we have to offer


  • Now I can really live off peanut butter alone!! Can’t wait to try one of these recipes this weekend 🤤

    Chiara on

  • What a great idea! I’ve yet to use my pb in savory foods but this would be so much better than reg pb in my pad Thai! On it this weekend!!!

    Nancy Nowak on

  • Such great ideas!!! Can’t wait to try these!!

    Chasity on

  • What great recipes and ideas! Nut butters are so versatile. I love putting it on my burgers so pulled pork is a great idea.

    Krystin on

  • I’m all over the pulled pork and peanut butter sandwich. I can’t wait to try it!🤤

    Julie on

  • I love butternut squash soup. Never dreamed you could use peanut butter in it! This re iOS is going in my recipe binder!!

    Sue on

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