It’s strange. I don’t like peanut butter, but a good spicy Thai peanut sauce is one of my favorite things. I love it drizzled on just about everything. I had trouble making good peanut sauce until it finally dawned on me: to have really good Thai peanut sauce, you must start with really good peanut butter. It was one of those “Duh” moments for me! So, forget the popular brands and go for the good stuff for this recipe. It is a little more expensive, but you only use a little and it is well worth it. I like the all-natural kind that says “dark roasted” on the label, and only has two ingredients: salt and peanuts. I made this recipe with the idea of serving it cold on salads, so it is more like a vinaigrette than a sauce you would serve warm with chicken.
With a garden full our second crop of of spinach and Swiss chard, I have plenty of dark greens to spare, and they are a perfect match with peanuts, it turns out! I very lightly and briefly sauteed some rough chopped spinach for less than a minute until it just barely started to wilt. You could also blanch it quickly in boiling water. I then drained it and drizzled it with my Thai peanut sauce recipe, and sprinkled with some diced roasted peanuts. Wow! Such an explosion of flavors!
This peanut sauce is so delicious I just want to sit and eat it with a spoon!
SPICY THAI PEANUT DRESSING
1/3 cup all-natural dark roasted peanut butter
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons sweetener (honey, agave nectar or sugar substitute equivilant)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Blend (or vigorously whisk) all ingredients until smooth.
OtherÂ fabulous looking Thai peanut sauce recipes (for serving warm) by fellow bloggers:
Red Curry Thai Peanut Sauce, Kalyn’s Kitchen, with coconut milk and red curry
My Mom’s Thai peanut sauce recipe, She Simmers, simmered with coconut milk
Peanut Noodle Saute with sauce, Closet Cooking, also with coconut milk
Peanut Chicken Stir Fry with sauce, Karina’s Kitchen, a zesty sauce with lime juice
–posted by Donna