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Garlic Peanut Sauce
© John Kernick

Garlic Peanut Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Unlike most versions of this Asian condiment, which taste like overly sweet peanut butter, Chris Yeo's is spicy, nutty and just slightly fruity thanks to the coconut milk and tamarind he stirs in. The peanut sauce is terrific with the shrimp satay but just as good with almost any grilled or roasted meat or poultry.

  1. 1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped
  2. 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  3. 1 large stalk of fresh lemongrass, bottom third of the tender white inner bulb only, thinly sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  6. 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (see Note)
  7. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  8. 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate (see Note)
  9. 1 tablespoon sugar
  10. 2 1/2 tablespoons smooth or chunky peanut butter
  11. Salt
  1. In a mini food processor, combine the chopped onion, chopped garlic and lemongrass, and process to a paste.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion paste and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the ground coriander and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the sambal oelek and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and boil over high heat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tamarind concentrate, sugar and peanut butter until smooth. Remove from the heat and season with salt. Let cool, then transfer to a bowl.
Make Ahead The peanut sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Let return to room temperature before serving. Notes Sambal oelek, a spicy Indonesian chile sauce, and tamarind concentrate are both available at Asian markets and at specialty-food stores. Serve With Grilled Shrimp Satay.