Peanut Butter Satay Sauce

published by TechDoc on Apr 19, 2009

Homemade Peanut Butter Satay Sauce in less than 30 minutes.

Figure 1 Image Source: Chicken Satay Sticks with Peanut Satay Sauce

How-to make your very own Peanut Butter Satay Sauce. These days a satay dipping sauce is practically obligatory with any Asian, Chinese and Thai banquet/takeaway. While; making a peanut satay sauce may at first sound somewhat daunting, the truth of the matter is exactly the opposite. A Peanut Butter-Based Satay Sauce is in fact quite easy and fast to make.

The reason that I have based this particular recipe firmly around peanut butter as the source of roasted peanuts is that it affords the least amount of work of all of the many ways in which a peanut-based satay sauce can be made.

Peanut Butter Satay Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Fresh Red Chili Pepper
  • ½ of a Small Brown Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ½ Cup (125ml) of Pure Water
  • ¼ Cup (70g) of Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon each of Peanut Oil and Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon each of Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar


  1. Skin a small brown onion and cut it into two halves. Store or set aside one half for later use. Fine chop the onion half that you elected to retain into small pieces.
    1. Trim, rinse and fine chop the red chili pepper then crush the garlic clove. I find that a garlic press does an admirable job
    2. Add the peanut oil into a mid-sized saucepan or wok and heat over a medium heat
    3. With your peanut oil ready to go it is time to add the finely diced onion. Continue cooking the diced onion until it become soft and golden (roughly 5 minutes) remembering to stir all the while.
    4. Gradually stir in the crushed garlic and the finely diced red chili. Continue cooking until the mixture becomes aromatic (around 1 minute).

Figure 2 Image Source: Smooth Peanut Butter

  1. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter into the mix. Stir well to combine.
    1. Once ready reheat the mixture over a low heat. Stir in the water, lemon juice, Balsamic vinegar and sugar. With all of the ingredients now in the saucepan continue cooking until the sauce thickens (3 minutes or so). Don’t forget to stir. You are done.


All up you should be able to make this recipe in 20 minutes and produce ¾ of a cup (185 ml) of this exceptionally irresistible satay sauce. Serve as an accompaniment (dipping sauce) to partner BBQ beef skewers (see Figure 3 below), chicken skewers, grilled lamb skewers, BBQ pork skewers and mixed vegetable skewers.

Figure 3 Image Source: Satay Beef with Peanut Butter Satay Dipping Sauce

Another great way to use this satay sauce is to use it as a marinade for satay sticks. You will find yourself tweaking this recipe to reflect the type and kind of ingredients that you intend to combine on the skewers as well as your intended cooking style (BBQ, grill, fry pan etc).

Load up and enjoy!

3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by C LEBLANC
    April 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    sounds really good.

  2. # 2 by TjRockin
    August 2nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Sounds gross. I don’t like peanut butter, but nice article.

  3. # 3 by Faith Hodge
    December 8th, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Sounds good actually. Different.

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