Indonesian-Spiced Peanut Sauce

This sweet, spicy and tangy Indonesian peanut sauce is great with everything from warm noodles to shrimp to beef or chicken satay.

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  • Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cups
KEY: Asian, Southeast Asian, Sauces & Condiments, Fast, Healthy, Make Ahead, Dinner

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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the shallot, garlic and ginger and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water and whisk until blended. Whisk in the sugar, crushed red pepper, coriander, cinnamon and Worcestershire sauce; if a thinner sauce is desired, whisk in a little more water. Transfer the sauce to a medium bowl and season with salt and black pepper.

Make Ahead

The sauce can be refrigerated for 1 week.

Serve With

Use this sauce on chicken skewers, beef satay or warm noodles.

Contributed By Photo © Tara Fisher Published July 2014

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