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. Slideshow:  More Southeast Asian Recipes 

Indonesian-Spiced Peanut Sauce
Photo: © Tara Fisher
Total Time:
20 mins
Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 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


  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.

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