Thai Peanut-Sesame Sauce Recipe

    
Chef Mario Limaduran
Chef Mario Limaduran

Feel free to make this sauce with almond butter instead of peanuts if your heart so desires. The versatility of this sauce is unbelievable. You can add it to Pad Thai's, season diced chicken, season your vegetables, or even add it to a burger (oh yes, peanut burgers are a thing). Have fun with this super quick, and highly delicious sauce.

How to Make a Thai Peanut-Sesame Sauce

For months I had the idea of making a sauce that had the characteristics of a Thai sauce. I made 4-5 variations of this sauce, never landing on one that made my gut go, "aha! I got it!" Typically, when I'm creating something, I tend to taste the final product and get an internal seal of approval, or a "it still needs work" feeling. 

One day, while in need of a Thai inspired sauce, I was in the kitchen and out of the sheer necessity, I grabbed all these ingredients, and boom - this sauce was born. Months of overthinking and frustration with my results led to this innate moment where my gut guided me better than my head could. I hope you enjoy and make this sauce part of your rotation.

Ingredients:

Kitchen Needs:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Microplane grater
  • Spatula
  • Jar or storage container

Feel free to replace the peanut butter with almond butter!

Step One: Measure and Add into Bowl

This sauce is incredibly straightforward and simple. Measure all ingredients as indicated in the ingredient section, and a combine in a bowl. 

Step Two: Peel Ginger and Grate

Once you have added the main ingredients into the bowl, peel the ginger using the side of a spoon, and grate into the bowl using a microplane grater. Grate garlic into the bowl as well. Fold all ingredients carefully into peanut butter. This step may take a little of elbow grease since incorporating liquids into peanut butter tends to be difficult. 

Once all ingredients are fully incorporated, taste for seasoning, and if needed add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

Storing and Shelf Life

Any kind of nut butter is shelf stable and doesn't need refrigeration; however, because we are adding fresh ingredients and an acidic component into the peanut butter, this sauce requires refrigeration. The refrigeration will cause the consistency to thicken up - warm up by leaving room temp a few hours before using or by slightly warming over low heat in a small sauce pan.

Serve this With

Diced chicken, on burgers (I'm not backing out of that suggestion), salmon, steak, Pad Thai, mix with a coconut curry, on your salads or broccoli... The use goes on and on. Get creative!

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Thai Peanut-Sesame Sauce

Thai Peanut-Sesame Sauce

Cook time: 5 min
Prep time: 5 min
Yield: 21
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Description

The perfect sauce for your meal prep - quick, simple, and super delicious. Make this recipe using peanut or almond butters - if you want, any kind of nut butter that makes sense. If you have some at hand, also add fresh turmeric for an extra punch of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 Garlic, fresh, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, grated

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl, except for ginger and garlic yet.
  2. Using a spoon, peel then carefully grate ginger into the bowl, followed by also grating the garlic. Discard the remaining core/root of garlic.
  3. Using a plastic spatula, mix to incorporate all ingredients until sauce is uniform and runny. If consistency needs to be loosed up a bit, add ½ cup of water and mix together carefully.
  4. Transfer to storing container and refrigerate. Use as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition facts

serves 21 - 1 Tbsp
Calories Per Serving: 80
% Daily Value
3% Total Fat 8g
0% Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 35mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

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