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Garlicky Cashew Sauce, slather-on-anything sauce

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This garlicky cashew sauce is a winner.

It only takes a few minutes to make and it’s so freakin’ delicious.

Cilantro on a cutting board with cashews and garlic nearby

I first encountered it with this chicken, but the sauce is good enough to merit its own post.

It might help to think of it like peanut sauce. And I love peanut sauce (especially this peanut sauce with basil and coconut milk).

But instead of being made with peanut butter, this one highlights the lovely richness of cashews, which, unlike other tree nuts, blend up so smoothly.

Jar with cilantro and peanuts

The cashew sauce has plenty of garlic and a big handful of cilantro. It’s bold with its aromatics.

It also has tamari (or soy sauce) for salty umami notes, brown sugar for sweetness, and lime for sour acidity.

That all gets topped off with a squeeze of sriracha, which makes the sauce hit all of the hot-sour-salty-sweet categories.

Olive oil being poured into a jar with cashews and cilantro

And it couldn’t be any easier to make.

If you have a wide-mouth jar and an immersion blender you can even build and blend the whole thing in the container you store it in.

Easy clean up for the win!

But, of course, you could also blend this cashew sauce in a blender or food processor if you don’t have an immersion blender.

This garlicky cashew sauce is great as a dip for veggies like cucumbers or carrots or sugar snap peas.

It’s delightful on noodles as a sort of alternative to peanut noodles.

It’s lovely slathered on tofu and broiled for a few minutes or tossed with roasted broccoli and heaped over a bowl of rice.

And if you’re a meat eater, it’s also great with chicken or pork.

So what I’m saying is it’s incredibly versatile and if you stash a jar of it in your refrigerator you’ll have a way zhuz up your meals and snacks for the next week.

You won’t regret taking the five minutes to make this one.

Garlicky cashew sauce in a jar, overhead view
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Garlicky Cashew Sauce

Garlicky cashew sauce in a jar, overhead view

This cashew sauce is rich and salty with sour and spicy notes from the lime and sriracha and it only takes a few minutes to make. It's great as a veggie dip, on noodles, on roasted vegetables, or with tofu. For meat eaters it is also good with chicken or pork.

Cilantro haters could substitute basil or leave out the herbs entirely. It’s naturally vegan, and is gluten free if you use tamari.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup roasted salted cashews
  • 6 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha, or more to taste


  1. Add the cashews, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce/tamari, brown sugar, lime juice, water, and sriracha to a wide mouth jar and blend with an immersion blender to a smooth paste. (Or add to a blender of food processor and blend.)


Keeps in the refrigerator for a week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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Jeff Albom

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Easy and tasty, my chicken will never be the same again. I love the spicy hint of the sriracha.


Thursday 18th of March 2021

Love how easy this is and with those flavors, I can imagine it's packed with delicious flavor. Great with lots of things!


Thursday 18th of March 2021

This looks delicious and so easy to make! Will be trying it out very soon.

Gail Montero

Thursday 18th of March 2021

You had me at rich and salty! Love that it's such a versatile sauce!


Thursday 18th of March 2021

Simple and delicious... what else do you need for the perfect sauce recipe, right?! Yum!

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