A few weeks ago, I happened to have dinner at an Asian restaurant and ordered their Peanut Butter Chicken. The chicken was sautéed and tossed in a tasty sauce.  Indulgent, a bit spicy, lots of umami. I enjoyed it quite a bit and it reminded me–not without good reason–of my own version of Thai peanut sauce.

This is another recipe that really tends to be a crowd pleaser. It has made a believer of some of the pickiest eaters I know… the ones who give me a look at say “Peanut butter? It’s a sauce? That’s not sweet? Really?” Ah yes, good friends. There are many savory uses for PB and this is one of them!

Coconut Shrimp w/ Thai Peanut Sauce

Coconut Shrimp w/ Thai Peanut Sauce

But what to do with it once you’ve made it? All sorts of things! I usually serve this as an entree with chicken, pork or shrimp that has been marinated in sesame oil and garlic for a few hours. You can toss it all in a pan and saute it up. The proteins are good done up on the grill, too. Serve it with leaves of Boston Bibb lettuce to make wraps. Or some udon for a noodle bowl. Dress up some instant ramen with it. Add some veggies and you’ve got a meal. Or just pour it over rice and have it as a snack. In our house, leftover peanut sauce usually isn’t a problem. 🙂

Meatballs w/ Basmati Rice & Thai Peanut Sauce

Meatballs w/ Basmati Rice & Thai Peanut Sauce

In the pix shown here, I’ve served it with coconut shrimp from Trader Joe’s, both chicken and veggie meatballs from IKEA and steamed basmati rice.

Recipe: Thai Peanut Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed Aleppo pepper
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix well. Cook and stir over medium heat until the flavors blend and the mixture thickens a bit, around 5 minutes.
Notes
The sauce will keep for several days in the fridge and also freezes well.