Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day and if you are one, you’re going to love this easy recipe. A sauce traditionally made from ground peanuts, for which peanut butter is a great substitute, peanut dipping sauce is used widely in many different Asian cuisines, such as Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, to name a few. In the Netherlands, fast food restaurants offer the ever-popular fast food item, French fries, and serve them with mayonnaise and peanut sauce.
This Asian-style Peanut Sauce is easy and quick to make and requires no cooking. It is delicious served as a dipping sauce for beef, pork or chicken satays. Or try it as a dipping sauce for coconut shrimp. Mmmm! This sauce can also be used as a marinade for meats before grilling to give them a unique flavor. However you use it, Asian-style Peanut Sauce will be popular with all of the peanut butter lovers in your house!
Be sure to check out local Trader Joe’s for great prices on the ingredients needed to make this sauce. Trader Joe’s also carries all natural peanut butters, which can be used to make Asian-style Peanut Sauce.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry sherry or dry white wine
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 fresh lime, zested then juiced
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (Start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste for heat, and then add more if you want it hotter.)
- Place all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Process or blend until smooth and creamy. If the sauce seems a little too thick for dipping, simply add a little water while blending to loosen it up a bit.
- Asian-style Peanut Sauce may be made a day or two ahead and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For some other great recipes to satisfy the peanut butter lover in you, try:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones
- Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
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