There are many variations of making vegan peanut stew on the internet. The stew that Apronese want to share with you is inspired by several peanut based stews made in West Africa. It’s rich, flavorful, and super comforting. Read on to get the vegan peanut stew recipe.
What is Peanut Stew?
This stew is inspired by the many versions of peanut stew made in several countries across West Africa. The common formula of these regional recipes is a rich and creamy tomato broth with peanut butter, and seasoned with plenty of delicious spices.
Although most versions of this stew are made with chicken, I made a few subs to make it vegan.
I love the texture and flavor of the collard greens in this vegan peanut stew recipe. But there are versions using all sorts of different greens, so feel free to substitute with kale, spinach, mustard greens, or whatever hearty greens you prefer.
How to Serve Vegan Peanut Stew?
Brown rice is my choice of carb to go with this dish because of its slightly nutty flavor and extra texture.
But it can be served without rice as well, or even with some bread, or some naan, for dipping.
Store The Leftovers
This recipe holds up really well both in the refrigerator or freezer. Just pack up your stew and refrigerate for a few days or freeze for longer term storage.
Vegan Peanut Stew Recipe
With peanut and tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and crunchy peanuts, this stew is rich and flavorful.
Servings: 6 (1.5 cups each)
- 1 tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
- 4 cloves garlic ($0.32)
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger ($0.30)
- 1 sweet potato (about 1 lb.) ($1.47)
- 1 medium onion ($0.21)
- 1 tsp cumin ($0.10)
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($0.02)
- 1 6oz. can tomato paste ($0.45)
- 1/2 cup natural style peanut butter ($0.55)
- 6 cups vegetable broth ($0.78)
- 1/2 bunch collard greens (4-6 cups chopped) ($0.99)
- 1/4 bunch cilantro ($0.25)
- 4.5 cups cooked brown rice ($0.53)
- 1/3 cup chopped peanuts ($0.16)
- Peel and grate the ginger using a small holed cheese grater. Mince the garlic, and dice the onion. Sauté the onion, ginger, and garlic in a large pot with the olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion becomes soft and translucent.
- While the onion, ginger, and garlic are sautéing, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1/2-inch cubes. Add the sweet potato cubes, cumin, and red pepper to the pot and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, peanut butter, and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir until the peanut butter and tomato paste have mostly dissolved into the broth. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat up to high. Allow the stew to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are very soft.
- While the soup is simmering, prepare the collard greens. Use a sharp knife to remove each stem (cut along the side of each stem), then stack the leaves and cut them into 1/2-inch wide strips. Place the chopped collard greens in a colander and rinse very well
- Once the stew has simmered for 15-20 minutes and the sweet potatoes are very soft, stir in the collard greens. Let the stew simmer for about 5 minutes more, then begin to smash the sweet potatoes against the side of the pot to help thicken the stew.
- Finally, taste the stew and add salt or red pepper, if desired. Serve the stew with a scoop of cooked rice (about 3/4 cup), a few chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and a drizzle of sriracha, if desired.
Serving: 1.5 cups ・ Calories: 467.9 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 63.43 g ・ Protein: 14.7 g ・ Fat: 19.62 g ・ Sodium: 1341.67 mg ・ Fiber: 9.45 g
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How to Make Peanut Stew – Step-by-step Photos
Step 1: Dice one onion, mince four cloves of garlic, and grate about 1 tbsp fresh ginger. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger to a large soup pot along with 1 tbsp olive oil, and sauté over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.
Step 2: While the onion, garlic, and ginger are sautéing, peel and dice one sweet potato (about 1 lb.) into 1/2-inch cubes.
Add the sweet potato cubes to the pot along with 1 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes.
Continue to sauté for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add 1/2 cup natural-style peanut butter, one 6oz. can of tomato paste, and 6 cups of vegetable broth to the pot. Stir until the peanut butter and tomato paste are mostly dissolved into the broth (it will look a little weird and grainy at this point).
Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and bring the stew up to a boil.
Once boiling, turn it down to medium-low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are very soft and mashable.
Step 4: While the stew is simmering, prepare the collard greens. Run a sharp knife down the side of each stem to remove the stems.
Step 5: Stack the leaves and slice cross-wise into 1/2-inch wide strips.
Place the sliced collard greens in a colander and rinse very well (they tend to be very sandy).
Step 6: Once the stew has simmered for 15-20 minutes and the sweet potatoes are very soft, add the rinsed collard greens.
Stir them into the hot stew and let them simmer for about 5 minutes more.
Step 7: Use a large spoon to smash some of the sweet potatoes against the side of the pot to help thicken the stew.
Give the peanut stew one last taste and add more salt or red pepper flakes, if desired.
Step 8: To serve the peanut stew, ladle about 1.5 cups of stew into a bowl, top with 3/4 cup cooked brown rice, a tablespoon or so of chopped peanuts, a light sprinkle of cilantro, and a drizzle of sriracha (if desired).
And that’s all for vegan peanut stew recipe. You’re going to love this flavorful stew! Follow Apronese for more recipes!