Peanut Satay Sauce

This smooth and vibrant peanut sauce is actually the result of years of experimenting to create the best combination of peanut or satay sauces served everywhere in Southeast Asia. This satay sauce combines the sweet soy sauce, Kecap Manis, of Indonesia with red curry paste from Thailand to create a luscious satay sauce worthy of the best grilled meats in Southeast Asia.

Thai peanut satay sauce

Satay Sauce – Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Indonesian peanut sauce is little different than the satay sauces of Thailand and Malaysia. Instead of red curry paste, it uses garlic and red chili to create a sweeter peanut sauce. This is one of many satay sauces used throughout Thailand and Indonesia as a dip for grilled meats. This version also makes a wonderful dressing for Indonesia's famous salad, Gado-Gado.
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Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: Indonesia, Malaysia, Southeast Asian, Thailand
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Medium saucepan
  • Food Processor or blender


  • 1 cup Canned coconut milk
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 2 small Red chili peppers, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 medium Shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • cup Crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice (½ lime)


  • In a food processor or blender, puree garlic, shallots, chiles, and fish sauce to a paste. Add coconut milk, sugar, and peanut butter. Blend well.
  • Scrape into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes to thicken slightly. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and adjust for salt.


Calories: 1228kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 57g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 1888mg | Potassium: 1812mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 7mg

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