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Sweet, tangy and slightly spicy peanut sauce.

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce - The Real Deal

A fantastic recipe for a peanut sauce that is a must have with chicken satay. Sweet, tangy and slightly spicy makes this sauce the perfect accompaniment to any steamed vegetable, rice, chicken or pork dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course sauces
Cuisine Southeast Asian
Servings 4 people
Calories 230 kcal


  • Food processor
  • Strainer


For the Spice Paste

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • ½ stalk lemongrass chopped
  • 1 whole chili stem removed
  • 1 piece ginger 6g or about the same amount as the garlic
  • ¼ cup peanut oil or vegetable oil

The Rest

  • ½ stalk lemongrass
  • ¼ cup blanched peanuts peeled, unsalted, not roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ piece lime juice
  • 3 tsp palm sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt

Tamarind Water

  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp de-seeded
  • ¼ cup hot water


  • Set the oven to 190°C/375°F and roast the nuts on a tray until dark brown, about 7 minutes.
    Roasting the nuts on a tray in the oven.
  • Pulse the nuts in the food processor until fine but not a paste.
    Blitzing the nuts in the food processor until fine.
  • Add the hot water to the tamarind and let sit for 15 minutes.
    Soaking the Tamarind in water.
  • Gather these ingredients and the oil.
    Chili, garlic, lemongrass and ginger.
  • Blitz with the oil until fine.
    A close up shot of the spice paste after blending.
  • Strain the water from the soaked tamarind pulp. Discard the pulp and set aside the tamarind water.
    Straining the tamarind pulp.
  • Have everything ready to go like this before you begin.
    All of the ingredients ready to go.
  • Cook the spice paste over low heat for about 5 minutes until it smells aromatic. Add the lemongrass stock.
    Cooking the spice paste with the lemon grass stock until aromatic.
  • Add all of the other ingredients except the peanuts and cook out until slightly thickened. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Once slightly thickened, add the peanuts and turn off the heat. Check the seasoning. Let cool slightly and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!
    Finished peanut sauce in the pan.


If the sauce is too thick just add 1 or 2 tbsps of hot water and mix. 
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