This 5-minute authentic Thai satay sauce is a must for your Thai satay recipes. It’s the perfect creamy, sweet, salty, and tangy sauce dipping sauce that you can whip up in no time!
What is Thai Satay Sauce?
Authentic Thai peanut satay sauce is a popular sauce for dipping Thai satay. The sauce is creamy and rich in flavors from peanut butter and coconut milk with a distinct taste of Thai red curry paste and seasoned to perfection with sugar, salt, and sour flavor.
What Goes Into 5 Minute Authentic Thai Satay Sauce
- Peanut butter. You can use creamy or chunky peanut butter. You can also use crushed peanuts rather than pre-made peanut butter. The recipe is flexible, and you use what you have. The only thing to adjust is the final seasoning at the end, as each brand of peanut butter is different.
- Red curry paste. Use store-bought or homemade red curry paste. If you don’t have red curry paste, try the prik khing curry paste, homemade or store-bought.
- Coconut milk. Use full-fat coconut milk. You can use coconut cream, too. You just need to dilute it with water if it gets too thick.
- Fish sauce. Each brand of fish sauce has a different level of saltiness. Adjust as necessary with more or less for your final taste. Use salt if you don’t have fish sauce.
- Vinegar. You can substitute tamarind concentrate, lime/lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar.
- Sugar. Use honey, agave, syrup, palm, or monk fruit sugar. All work great.
How To Make Your 5 Minute Authentic Thai Satay Sauce
This satay sauce is so simple. It's almost unbelievable. The most challenging part is gathering all the ingredients together to make the sauce. Here are the simple steps below.
Step One. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat.
Step Two. Breakup the chunks of peanut butter and stir well. Keep a close eye on the sauce so it's not burnt or gets too thick and brown. Scrape down the sauce on the side of the pan to mix it all well.
Step Three. Let the sauce bubble, and it will soon thicken. Turn the heat off, remove it from the pan and let cool slightly before serving. The sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Helpful Kitchen Notes
- You can use peanut butter to make the sauce for a quick satay sauce. You must modify the taste with sugar, fish sauce, or lime juice.
- When making the sauce, watch the saucepan carefully and stir often, or the peanut sauce will get burnt, especially around the edges of the pot.
- Red curry paste. Add more or less as desires. More for spiciness and bold taste or milder with less. Adjust the final flavors at the end to get a balanced flavor you are happy with. Try this authentic homemade Thai red curry paste for a fresh and bold flavor.
- Water. Add more water if your sauce gets too thick, and you’d like less of a thick creamy sauce.
- The sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and in the freezer for 2 months.
- You can use the sauce for dipping vegetables, as a salad dressing, or slater over other grilled food. So good!
What is Thai Peanut Sauce Made of?
Thai peanut sauce is made with peanuts, red curry paste, and coconut milk and seasoned with sugar, fish sauce, tamarind, vinegar, or lime juice.
What is Satay Sauce Made of?
Typically, Thai satay sauce is made with peanuts, coconut milk, and red curry paste, seasoned for sweet, salty, and tangy flavors used for dipping satay meat.
Is Peanut Sauce and Satay the Same?
Satay sauce is sometimes called Thai peanut sauce. It is essentially the same thing. Each chef uses different ingredients to make their unique sauce, but one common ingredient is the peanuts used to make the sauce.
How do You Thicken Satay Sauce?
To thicken the satay sauce, add creamy peanut butter or coconut milk. Also, cook turn up the heat a bit to help reduce the sauce to a thicker consistency. Just be sure not to cook too long, or it will quickly burn and turn your satay sauce bitter.
Is Satay Sauce Good for You?
Besides the sugar in the sauce, Satay sauce is good for you if you use all-natural, unsweetened peanut butter.
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