spicy peanut sauce

This recipe is really more of a guideline...you start with the peanut butter, then start adding ingredients into the food processor until you get the taste and consistency you're looking for.  Trevor and I were in the mood for some heat, so we added a pretty generous amount of hot sauce, but you could dial it back to what ever level you're comfortable with.  You could also enhance the sweet flavour profile by adding in some brown sugar or liquid honey.  The sauce also needs some salt (from soy sauce or fish sauce) and the acid from the limes to cut through the rich peanut butter.  I wanted my peanut sauce to be a "dippable" consistency, so I thinned it out with water.  It keeps well in the fridge for several weeks and is a great addition for a quick and easy meal. 

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • few dases of fish sauce
  • 1 jalapeno or chili pepper
  • squeeze of Vietnamese hot sauce
  • water

Dinner idea: 

Cook up a pot of basmati rice and grill some chicken breasts.  Grate some carrot, slice some cucumber and sprinkle with rice vinegar.  Serve with spicy peanut sauce, lime wedges and fresh basil.  Easy - a quick nutritious dinner in about 20 minutes. 

Dinner idea:

Salad rolls are fun, and surprisingly easy to make.  First prepare some vermicelli rice noodles by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes, then drain and set aside.  Thinly slice any vegetables that you might want to add.  This time I used carrot, avocado, cucumber and fresh basil leaves.  Add in some form of protein (if desired)  I cooked up some prawns and I had some leftover chicken in the fridge, so I shredded it up.  Get a shallow baking dish or dinner plate large enough to fit a rice paper wrapper and add some lukewarm water.  Submerge one wrapper at a time and allow it to sit for about one minute then move it to a flat surface covered with a tea towel.  You want the wrapper to feel damp, but not totally soaked - it will keep softening up as you add your toppings.  Fill it up however you like, then wrap it by folding the sides in first then rolling it up.  Sometimes they stick together if you stack them, so it's better to keep them single layered on your serving dish.  Serve them up with a generous side of spicy peanut sauce!