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Just because this satay sauce is truly authentic doesn't mean it isn't easy to make--you simply mix all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, adjust the seasoning and you're done!
While most Western versions of satay sauce are made with peanut butter, this one starts with real peanuts - and you'll taste the difference! Satay sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, from a sauce for chicken or beef satay to an Asian salad dressing to a dip for fresh spring rolls. Or use it to make a delicious cold noodle salad or as a marinade for grilled chicken or tofu. If you want to make the sauce vegetarian simply substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce.
This sauce tends to thicken as it sits - just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks; freeze thereafter.
- 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 tsp. dark soy sauce
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 to 2 tbsp. fish sauce (depending on desired saltiness/flavor; vegetarians substitute 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
- 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 1/2 tbsp. lime juice)
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1 tsp. Thai chili sauce; more or less, to taste)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Blend or process until sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
Do a taste-test, adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you'd prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.