This easy to make, spicy peanut sauce recipe is my go-to when I fancy some pinda sauce because it’s absolutely delicious and takes so little effort it can be made in just a few minutes.
There are lots of other sauces which I love to make, like the essential cashew sauce in all its glorious forms, or a homemade vegan pesto or an instant carrot sauce, but when you want a kick, there’s nothing quite like this spicy peanut sauce.
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How to make Spicy Peanut Sauce
All you have to do is put half a clove of garlic, chopped, and the same amount of fresh chopped ginger into the blender container. Next, add 2 tbs peanut butter and the juice from half a lemon.
Pour in a little water and a sprinkling of salt and blend the whole lot together. You’ll need to gradually add more water until you get a sauce that’s slightly thinner than you want it to end up.
The sauce will thicken up when you heat it up.
Once blended, taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, lemon juice, salt or chilli powder to tweak the taste. Remember it will improve if you make it in advance and leave it to stand and infuses the flavours but it can also be eaten immediately.
Give the sauce a grinding of black pepper if you like pepper.
Put the spicy peanut sauce in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. Then, take it out and heat in the microwave for a moment, or in a saucepan if you prefer.
And that’s it, you’re done!
What to Serve with Spicy Peanut Sauce
This spicy peanut sauce goes so well with so many things!
Serve with . . .
- a delicious fried rice with vegetables served with spicy peanut sauce!
- As an accompaniment to potatoes: chips, steamed, fried or sautéed.
- This spicy peanut sauce is an essential accompaniment to stir fried vetetables with gluten free noodles
- You can add this sauce to anything, as a topping on tofu, a spread on gluten free cheese crackers, a dollop on your plain rice or on top of your Buddha bowl.
- Cheer up any plain veggies by adding this sauce to the side of the plate. For example if you have some plain steamed veggies, this goes really well on top.
- Crudités – make a plate of raw veggies to dip into the spicy peanut sauce. Raw cauliflower goes really well with this, though it’s quite rich so maybe have it as one option of many dips.
You Can Serve Other Sauces Alongside this Spicy Peanut Sauce
For a Buddha bowl, you can make a hummus as well as this spicy peanut sauce and serve them both on top of your Buddha bowl. Yum.
For noodle dishes, salads and rice, you can also serve a cashew nut sauce, which goes with absolutely anything.
So there you have it. One of the easiest recipes of all time and well worth making to add a bit of zing to the main dish. All you have to do is blend it, heat it and eat it!
Spicy Peanut SauceCourse: Vegan sauceCuisine: Spicy SauceDifficulty: Easy
Delicious spicy sauce that typically goes with Nasi fried rice or Bami style noodles
3 tbs smooth peanut butter
1/2 clove garlic
Piece of fresh ginger the size of a thumbnail
Small piece of red chilli
Pinch of salt
Dash of gluten free soy sauce or gluten free ketjap manis sweet Indonesian soy sauce
- Put the peanut butter, garlic, ginger, chilli, dash of soy and pinch of salt into your hand blender.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of water and blend.
- Taste as you make the sauce and add more lemon juice to taste.
- Add more water as necessary and keep blending.
- Check the levels of chilli, salt, lemon, soy and water. Give a final blend and put into a container in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, remove from the fridge and heat.
- Tip: For convenience, buy fresh ginger, chop it into cubes or slices and pop into the freezer in a container with a lid. Then you can just take out a slice whenever you need it! Simply peel and it’s ready to go.
If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think . . .!