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Thai Lime Sauce

  • SERVINGS: Makes about 2/3 cup
  • BASIC-EASY
  • FAST

You'll need only about one and a half tablespoons of this tangy sauce for each serving of meat or shrimp.

  1. 1 garlic clove, minced
  2. 1 small shallot, minced
  3. 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  4. 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  5. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
  8. 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  9. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  10. 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  1. In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine the garlic, shallot, jalapeño and citrus zests. (To make the sauce with pan juices, discard the fat from the sauté skillet and make the sauce in the pan.) Cook over moderate heat fro about 1 minute, whisking quickly to release the flavors; don't stand over the pan or the chile fumes may make you cough. Stir in 1/2 cup of water and reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the lemon juice and fish sauce and simmer gently for 1 minute. Whisk in the peanut butter and coconut milk and simmer until thickened and flavorful, about 2 minutes. Add the cilantro. taste and add more fish sauce if needed.
Serve With Pork loin chops, shrimp or chicken breasts.

Suggested Pairing

Stick with beer—Corona for light fare, Bass Ale for meatier dishes.