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Jan 26, 2008 12:08 PM

Your favorite peanut sauce recipe?

I have been researching the best peanut sauces to put on rice with chicken or to toss with noodles...something versatile! There seems to be a lot of variety in ingredients....some use coconut milk, lime juice, curry paste, etc and some don't..there doesn't seem to be a basic recipe! What's your favorite and how do you use it?

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  1. This inauthentic recipe is my favorite for several reasons: it's easy and quick, it's versatile, and it's lighter (calorie-wise) than many others. I think it's an old Eating Well recipe from the late 90s.
    Spicy Asian Peanut Dip

    Whisk together:

    2 Tbsp natural-style peanut butter
    2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
    2 Tbsp mayonnaise (optional: light or regular, not fat-free)
    1 Tbsp brown sugar
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 Tbsp lime juice (can use lemon juice)
    ½ - 1 tsp. minced ginger (or more if you like a lot of ginger!)
    ½ tsp red pepper flakes (or some cayenne or some dried red peppers—to taste)

    Refrigerate for at least four hours to let flavors blend. Thin with a little water if necessary. Serve with raw vegetables. Leftovers can be tossed with cooked rice and vegetables.

    Edit: thin it a bit to make it more "saucy", since it IS a dip recipe

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    1. re: nofunlatte

      nofunlatte, I just made this, minus the mayo and with extra ginger. Delicious! It's in the fridge now and I'll probably poach and shred some chicken later on and toss it with the sauce and some rice noodles and scallions. I have red bell pepper, maybe some strips of that in there, too.
      Thanks for this easy and tasty recipe!

      Back to add that we just ate it (I couldn't wait for it to sit in the fridge for 4 hours, oink oink.) Tossed the noodles in the peanut sauce and added shredded chicken, red bell pepper, lots of scallions and cilantro. Put some chili oil on the table so those who wanted more kick could get it. Very, very quick and good. Thanks again!

      1. re: fern

        Glad you liked it! Maybe I'll have to make it tomorrow. I do like its ease, since we don't always have lots of time to indulge in cooking.

    2. Thanks! Do you think if I thin it with coconut milk it would be good? And could I toss it with noodles then?

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      1. re: icecreamgal

        I think using the coconut milk would make the flavor even better--it would add more of an oomph than just plain water. I don't think the mayo would necessarily need to be added then. The mayo thickens it and makes it "dip-pier" rather than "saucy-er".

      2. Sweet and Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

        4 tablespoons peanut butter (chunky or regular)
        2 tablespoon salad oil
        4 tablespoons soy sauce
        2 or 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (to taste)
        1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or rice vinegar
        1 teaspoon sesame oil
        1/2 to 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chili sauce (to taste)

        Mix ingredients well. Serve as a dipping sauce
        or over noodles, etc.

        1. My favorite Peanut Sauce is in Deborah Madison's book, The Savory Way. What an extraordinarily savory dish this makes. I've made hot - cold - and love every last morsel.

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