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Peanut Sauce Proportions

TX_Mommy Feb 25, 2013 10:34 AM

I saw a peanut sauce in the grocery store but want to make it at home since I have the ingredients already. The ingredient list on the bottle was as follows, in order:

Peanut Butter
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil

If I use a cup of peanut butter, can anyone of you please estimate the amounts of the other ingredients? I'm clueless.

  1. weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    Interesting how differently everyone makes it!

    I start with a can of coconut milk or coconut cream and add a huge spoon or two of crunchy peanut butter, a big glob of sweet chili sauce, a splash of fish sauce, a splash of soy, sriracha or sambal oelek or something else hot and go from there, adjusting to taste.

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      sparky403 Apr 25, 2013 12:05 PM

      I don't have the time to search now - but there are a few recent threads on this topic - pretty close to the advice below.

      I do recommend Chunky PB - at least I like it better.

      1. iL Divo Apr 24, 2013 02:07 PM

        now this is giving me the idea of Thai chicken with peanut sauce for tonights' dinner, hum...................

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        1. re: iL Divo
          iL Divo Apr 25, 2013 11:26 PM

          I didn't measure, I usually don't measure anything.
          I didn't have all that much chicken in the freezer so the amount of sauce didn't have to be a lot.
          ingredients used:
          sesame oil
          creamy pnut butter
          red wine vinegar
          red pepper flakes

          it was mild and didn't take your face off with any overbearing flavors, quite good, I was pleased

        2. splatgirl Feb 25, 2013 03:47 PM

          My favorite:

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          1. re: splatgirl
            iL Divo Apr 24, 2013 02:12 PM

            gosh I love it when I have all the ingredients on hand :)

          2. Antilope Feb 25, 2013 02:15 PM

            This is an adaptation of an old Sunset Magazine recipe from the 1980's. It's our go to peanut sauce:

            Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce

            4 tablespoons peanut butter
            2 tablespoons salad oil
            4 tablespoons soy sauce
            4 tablespoons granulated sugar
            4 tablespoons distilled vinegar
            1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
            2 teaspoons hot chili sauce, Sriracha
            1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

            Combine ingredients. Mix well with whisk.

            Serve over warm or cold pasta, rice, hot or cold noodles,
            pot stickers or as a spring roll dipping sauce. Or over
            a chicken salad.

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            1. re: Antilope
              iL Divo Apr 24, 2013 02:10 PM

              ^^^ooooh ooooh ooooh^^^

            2. pinehurst Feb 25, 2013 02:14 PM

              Totally agreed on winging it--taste as you go. I prefer chunky PB, and don't use sesame oil. I do used crushed garlic, soy, vinegar (believe it or not, I've used malt vinegar with success) and hoisin with whatever hot sauce I have on hand (usually sriracha, but I've used Frank's and Cholula).

              1. westsidegal Feb 25, 2013 01:56 PM

                unless you are using natural peanut butter (the kind that separates), i'd skip the cornstarch.

                interesting that there was no ginger in that recipe.

                i wing it too.

                for the vinegar i use the unseasoned rice vinegar.
                i don't use sherry at all

                agree with Davwud that chopped peanuts on top enhances it and also like him/her i use sriracha.

                next time i'll try adding the hoisin that s/he recommends too.

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                1. re: westsidegal
                  Davwud Feb 25, 2013 02:18 PM

                  Davwud is a he


                  1. re: westsidegal
                    iL Divo Apr 24, 2013 02:08 PM

                    "I don't use sherry at all"

                    yah, I don't even own sherry but I do keep sherry vinegar in the kitchen store. could prob sub that with the sherry but less and omit the vinegar.

                  2. Davwud Feb 25, 2013 10:42 AM

                    I've made it at home and to taste. Really just messed around with stuff until I was happy with it. So no, no I can't give proportions. My advice would be to just wing it.

                    Mine had fewer ingredients one of which was hoisin. Which I would recommend.

                    It was mostly peanut butter and hoisin with (I think) mirin and sriracha helping to round things out.
                    Chopped peanuts on top is a nice touch too.


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