Vegan African Peanut Sauce

by Jill Dalton

This meal happens to be our family favorite and has been for many years, even for the years before we went plant based. The original recipe contains chicken and loads of oil so we adapted it to be oil-free plant based and wonderfully delicious. It is a comforting stew that is super filling, served over rice or steamed greens, and pairs well with our delicious lentil flatbreads.

Vegan African Peanut Sauce

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.5/5
( 102 voted )


2 large onions, quartered
28oz  can chopped tomatoes
4 cups water
1 6oz can tomato paste
juice of one lemon
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp onion powder
Tbsp Braggs liquid amino acids
1 14oz block of firm tofu, drained and cubed
1/4 cabbage, chopped
bunch of kale, destemmed and chopped small


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Place drained and cubed tofu onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the onion and can of tomatoes to the blender and blend lightly.
  5. Pour mixture into a soup pot and cook on medium high.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients to pot and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. When tofu is done, add it to the pot and cook for another 20 minutes, stirring every 5 - 10 minutes.
  8. Cook to desired thickness. 
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Carel June 17, 2020 - 12:31 am

A wonderful and easy family meal. Next time I’ll do the sauce in the instant pot. I know this will work because I make a sauce like this (ground onions and tomato only) with greenbeans in the instant pot…15 min is good. I used to make them on the stovetop and cook for an hour. This is a sauce that likes some simmer time, I didn’t have tofu, cabbage or kale, so I served it with roasted red yam cubes. So many things would work. Love this site!

Jane October 19, 2020 - 8:01 am

I tried this recipe a few months ago and it immediately became a family favorite. It is easy to put together and so delicious!

Eve July 11, 2020 - 12:26 pm

I’m making this right now, it is almost ready and I can already tell it’s delicious! Thank you!

Vanessa October 6, 2020 - 10:41 am

Do you think this could work in a crock pot?

Jill Dalton October 7, 2020 - 9:45 am


Richard Anton November 13, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Hi Jill,

This too has become a family favorate.

Thank you for all that you do.


luvallanimals April 18, 2021 - 8:26 am

Going to make this today. I have a bag of spinach that I am going to use rather than kale.

Marysia May 17, 2021 - 12:36 pm

It’s soooo good! Thank you!

Eveline Laenen May 28, 2021 - 3:48 am

Hi Jill just bought your book, it’s great! Can I also use the Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos instead of braggs liquid? Greetings Eveline

Jill Dalton May 28, 2021 - 9:24 am



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