This recipe is from Good and Cheap.
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This is the peanut sauce I make when I have decided to do it properly. I LOVE peanut sauce so I often make a cheaty version with just peanut butter, sriracha and a little brown sugar and soy sauce. It does the trick for my mid-afternoon or late-night hanger needs. But this is the proper version and the addition of the garlic, shallot and fresh chiles really does make it that much better and really only adds 10 minutes of cooking and clean up so not a bad trade. This is beautiful as a dip, but I love it on noodles, especially cold Asian Noodles with cucumber or as a glaze for chicken or beef and vegetables in a stir fry. Make it and you’ll use it, guaranteed.
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 jalapeño or chile pepper finely chopped (or 2 Tbsp chile paste like sambal oelek)
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 shallot (or equivalent amount of onion), finely chopped
- 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1/2 -1 cup coconut milk (or water)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil (optional)