Satay sauce which is also called peanut sauce is a popular dip or gravy known worldwide. Often accompanied with grilled skewered meat (satay), the very mildly spicy yet sweet sauce with a subtle hint of sourness goes really well with skewered meat. Due to the freshly pounded peanuts in the sauce, it easily coats the marinated grilled meat. This delicious satay sauce cannot be compared with peanut sauces which uses peanut butter. The best satay peanut sauce must have a good balance of all the flavours namely sweetness, spiciness, sourness and savouriness to tantalize your taste buds.
This recipe has been tried and tested numerous times by viewers with very positive feedback.
Difference in Malaysian satay sauce
Since satay is available in many Southeast Asian countries, it is understandable that there are many variations of satay and peanut sauce. However, Malaysian satay sauce does not contain coconut milk or ingredients such as soy sauce or fish sauce.
Tips to remove the skin of peanuts
As shown in the video, the peanuts are soaked in water to soften their skin. That way, it would be easier to remove the skin. You can also fry the peanuts in oil. Afterwards, wrap the peanuts with a clean kitchen towel and rub them among each other. The skin will fall off during the process. To save the hassle, roasted peanuts without skin can also be used.
Peanut butter instead of fresh peanuts
You might be tempted to use peanut butter (chunky) to quicken the cooking process. While it does deliver the nutty flavour, do note that it's not going to taste as authentic. The sauce is also not as fragrant.
Store-bought peanut butter has other ingredients added to it. This will alter the flavour of the sauce. Only if you are in a hurry and need a quick fix, I generally wouldn’t recommend it.
Should I increase the amount to make more?
Yes! Just be mindful to constantly stir the sauce especially if you plan to double or triple the number of ingredients. This is to prevent the sauce from being burned. The right ingredients would ensure a truly amazing and delicious peanut sauce.
How to store satay sauce?
Satay sauce can be made in advance and kept refrigerated for up to 5 days. Otherwise, store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw the peanut sauce before using it. You can either steam or microwave it shortly before serving.
This peanut sauce is certified delicious and is a must-try. My friends renamed this recipe, “Grace’s awesome peanut sauce” because of its delectable taste and have given it two thumbs up! Give it a shot and tell me what you think.