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Peanut Sauce Proportions

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.

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  1. 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.


    1. 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

          "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. 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. 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: splatgirl

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

              2. 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

                  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. 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. 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.

                    1. Peanutless Peanut Flavored Dressing/Sauce
                      1 cup mayonnaise
                      1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
                      1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
                      3 Tablespoons Chinese hoisin sauce
                      2 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
                      1 teaspoon soy sauce
                      Combine ingredients. Mix well.
                      Tastes like a peanut sauce dressing, but has no peanut products. This is from an old newspaper clipping. I found it interesting that you could create a peanut flavored sauce without any peanuts.
                      Serve on a Chinese Chicken Salad.