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Authentic Peanut Sauce (Satay Sauce)

Authentic Peanut Sauce (Satay Sauce)

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 5 shallots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 5 dried chilies, deseeded and soaked in warm water
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 star anise
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely ground
  • Salt to taste


  1. Blend the shallots, garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, coriander and fennel into a spice paste
  2. Over medium high heat in a nonstick pan, saute the spice paste until fragrant, about 3 minutes
  3. Add sugar, kaffir lime leaves and tamarind juice, stirring to mix
  4. Pour in coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously
  5. Toss in cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom, star anise and nutmeg and stir to combine
  6. Add in the ground peanuts, season with salt and mix well. Simmer until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency
  7. Remove from heat and set aside. Once cool, fish out the aromatics and discard


Makes 3 cups