Saturday, 27 September 2008

Satay Sauce

This is a favourite of ours from Thai restaurants and so my lady keeps asking me to cook something similar. This is my take on satay sauce. It is quite versatile, and can be used as a sauce for dipping, for stir fries or for serving with grilled meats like chicken.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 dried or fresh chillies (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I am using crunchy type, and yes it is Tesco value but it has the same ingredients as the standard peanut butter, just a cheaper looking label and half the price)
  • 1 teaspoon hot curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • ~150 ml water
  • Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the garlic and chilli.

Reduce the heat to very low, and add the peanut butter to the pan.

The peanut butter will start to melt very quickly.

Add the water and soya sauce to the pan and mix well (you may need to add more water later on, as the sauce tends to thicken up, but appears quite runny initially on adding the water, if that makes sense). Now add the curry powder, ginger, and a little salt and pepper to taste.

Heat for about 10 minutes on a very gently hob, stirring frequently. You may need to add a bit more water to get the consistency you want (or more peanut butter if you like it thicker I suppose).

We served the sauce over some grilled chicken, with rice and some stir fried garlic spinach and courgettes. Very nice!

By the way, I put two chillies into my sauce, and it was pretty spicy, hot enough to be sweat inducing, so depending on how spicy you like your food you may want to add a bit more or less chilli!

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Rachel said...

This satay sauce sounds like just the thing for dinner tonite with some rice and veggies. Thanks for the inspiration!

Foodycat said...

The main difference between this version and the one I make is that mine has coconut cream and a big slurp of lemon juice in it but no ginger or curry. I want to try your version!

Ryan said...

Lemon and coconut milk sounds good!! I might try that.

Rachel - did you make it? Did it work out?