Creamy Peanut Sauce For Dipping And Drizzling

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Peanut sauce is a creamy, flavorful condiment that elevates countless dishes. From spring rolls and satay to noodles and vegetables, this versatile sauce adds a touch of savory sweetness and nutty richness. This recipe is a UK twist on the classic peanut sauce, featuring ingredients readily available in British supermarkets.

Ingredients:

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce - RecipeTin Eats
Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce – RecipeTin Eats

1 cup smooth peanut butter (preferably crunchy for extra texture)

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free tamari can be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (caster sugar can be used as well)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (white vinegar works in a pinch)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed for the best flavor)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 red chili pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)

  • Directions:

    1. Whisk the Base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, lime juice, ginger, and garlic until smooth and well combined.

    2. Thin the Sauce: Gradually whisk in the hot water, one tablespoon at a time, until the peanut sauce reaches your desired consistency. You can always add more water later if needed.

    3. Spice it Up (Optional): If you enjoy a bit of heat, stir in the finely chopped chili pepper. Taste and adjust the spiciness to your preference.

    4. Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the peanut sauce to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping companions like spring rolls, vegetables, noodles, or even grilled chicken skewers.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, about 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 450mg (depending on the soy sauce used)

  • Note: These are approximate nutrition values and can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    This easy peanut sauce recipe is a fantastic addition to your culinary repertoire. It’s vegan-friendly (if you use tamari), customizable to your spice preference, and incredibly versatile. With just a few pantry staples, you can create a restaurant-worthy dip that elevates any dish.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of nut butter?

    Yes, almond butter or cashew butter can be substituted for peanut butter. The flavor profile will be slightly different, but still delicious.

    2. My peanut sauce is too thick. How can I thin it out?

    Simply add more hot water, one tablespoon at a time, until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

    3. How long can I store leftover peanut sauce?

    Store leftover peanut sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.

    4. What are some other ways to use peanut sauce?

    Drizzle it over rice bowls or stir-fries.

  • Use it as a marinade for tofu or tempeh.
  • Add a dollop to soups or stews for extra flavor.
  • Spread it on sandwiches or wraps for a protein boost.

  • 5. How can I make this peanut sauce healthier?

    Use reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari.

  • Substitute honey or maple syrup for the brown sugar.