Thai Peanut Sauce
Hands up, people. Is anyone out there as obsessed as I am with thai peanut sauce?
Oh my goodness. That little jar in the Asian food aisle forever seems to be calling out my name. It is one of my favorite last-minute dinner secrets to making a yummy stir fry, a quick Asian salad, chicken satay, or whatever other peanut-y meal sounds good. I seem to have no trouble coming up with excuses to try new recipes with peanut sauce!
But after years of buying the little jars, I have been itching to find an easy peanut sauce recipe to make at home. So I’m excited to say that after experimenting with a few, I have finally found a winner and wanted to share with you! This peanut sauce is ridiculously good. Way better than anything I’ve tried store-bought. It is flavorful and rich, but not overpowering and easy to adapt to whatever flavors you love best. It also just takes a few minutes to make, and makes for a heavenly sauce that you can use however you’d like.
So for all of you peanut sauce lovers like me, I hope you’ll give it a try homemade! :)
A quick and simple recipe for peanut sauce that can be used in everything from a stir-fry, to chicken satay, to a salad, and more!
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk (full-fat is standard, but you can also use "light")
- 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
- 1 cup natural (unsweetened) creamy peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 1/4 tsp. sesame oil
- (optional add-ins: sriracha hot chile sauce, grated fresh ginger, and/or minced garlic)
Combine all ingredients except sesame oil in a medium saucepan and bring to a very gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes over low heat; be careful not to let the mixture scorch at the bottom of the pot.
Remove from heat, stir in the sesame oil, and let the sauce cool for at least 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 month, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe adapted from She Simmers.