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Thai Peanut Satay Sauce is an incredibly creamy dipping sauce that pairs well with many Asian-flavored dishes. Ready in 5 minutes – no cooking involved!
Satay Sauce is a healthy peanut dipping sauce that is popular throughout Southeast Asia. It features peanut butter and coconut milk along with some spices, making it a rich, creamy, and flavorful sauce.
Classically, it is served with satay skewers. But it goes so well with many other dishes such as summer rolls, rice noodles, poke bowl, and much more. Thai peanut sauce can also be used a marinade for protein, such as tofu or chicken.
Satay is originally from Indonesia, but is now widely popular in Southeast Asia. Since I came to know and love this dish and sauce in Thailand, I’ll show you the Thai version of it.
Now, let me show you how to make this easy no-cook satay sauce in just 5 minutes at home. Simply add all ingredient into a bowl and stir well – that’s you have to do for this quick Thai peanut satay sauce recipe!
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- Peanut Butter → The main ingredient. I love to use crunchy peanut butter for this recipe. If you like a smooth sauce, use creamy peanut butter. For homemade peanut butter: Blend toasted peanuts in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Coconut Milk → Add flavor and makes the peanut sauce recipe especially creamy. Can be replaced by water, but you will lose some flavor.
- Thai Red Curry Paste → A secret trick. Authentic Thai Satay Sauce doesn’t actually contain red curry paste, but I find it gives an incredible amount of flavor and a great heat. Vegans beware, red curry paste often contains fish sauce or shrimp paste. Make sure to use a vegan brand to be on the safe side.
- Soy Sauce → For saltiness.
- Lime Juice → Gives off a great acidity and fresh aroma! Can be replaced by rice vinegar. However, it tastes fresher if using lime juice.
- Maple Syrup → Or brown sugar!
- Optional Decoration → Chili, cilantro, peanuts. I like to serve satay sauce in small bowls and decorate them with finely sliced chili pepper, fresh cilantro, and chopped peanuts.
Love Ginger? Add some grated ginger to the sauce.
Satay sauce stores very well in a canning jar/airtight-container for 3 days in the refrigerator.
The sauce thickens a little when stored in the refrigerator. No worries, simply mix it with a little water until it reaches the desired consistency.
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- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Optional Decoration: Cilantro, chopped peanuts, sliced chili pepper!