Peanut Sauce

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

  • About

This is a classic Indonesian sauce which we associate with small kebabs called satay. It’s also good with crudités.


  • 4 tablespoons groundnut/peanut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 100 g/4 oz/½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • sea salt to taste
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz/ cup milk


Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion and garlic with the chilli until soft. Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Stir well and continue to cook until you have a smooth sauce. Take out the chilli and add the milk.