Easy Peanut Sauce

January 23, 2020

This easy peanut sauce is the base sauce for satays, tofu and salad.

Asian Peanut sauce Recipe

What is Peanut Sauce?

Some will call this Satay sauce but to some it is just peanut sauce.

Peanut sauce or satay sauce, it is of the same to the Malaysians.

Peanut sauce is our favourite sauce when we have our chicken or beef on skewers, marinated in spices and cook over open fire.
These meat on skewers are known as Satays.

This creamy peanut sauce is well known around the world.

Malaysian peanut sauce has to be sweet with a tinge of chilli heat, thick and nevertheless, creamy , without adding coconut milk.

Unlike other Asian peanut sauce, we do not add fish sauce nor soy sauce to ours!

How to make peanut sauce

How to Make Peanut Sauce?

There are 4 main ingredients required for this creamy peanut sauce recipe.

  • Brown onions
  • Peanuts (of course!!)
  • Dried chillies
  • Sugar (both palm and white sugar)

4 main ingredients for peanut sauce

The rest of this peanut sauce ingredients, steps by steps and as well as Video can be found at the end of this post. 

Scroll down pass the photos to get to the Printable Recipe Card.

How to cook satay sauce

Steps to cook satay sauce

What is Peanut Sauce Used For?

Malaysians has ways to cook and enjoy our peanut sauce.

One of the ways, this creamy satay sauce is known to be a delicious condiment to our famous chicken satays and beef satays.

I did post a recipe on How to Make Chicken Satays and Beef Satays, not long ago.

What Taste Good With Peanut Sauce?

This creamy peanut sauce (kuah kacang) is also used as a dipping sauce, and serve with compressed rice cubes (photo below).

This peanut sauce and compressed rice cubes combo, are served during Eid (celebration after a month long of fasting in Ramadan).

Peanut sauce can be served as salad dressing to Asian salad or Gado-Gado (Indonesian salad).

I use peanut sauce to stir fry beef or chicken strips.
It is my quick and easy one pot satay dish.

 Serve with rice and steam vegetables.

Peanut sauce serve on rice cubes

Is There Gluten in Peanut Sauce?

No, there is NO gluten in this easy peanut sauce recipe.
Bonus point!!! 
This peanut sauce is Vegan friendly too!

How to Keep Peanut Sauce?

I keep my leftover peanut sauce in an air-tight container and freeze them.

The peanut sauce should be good for 3 months in the freezer.

To use, take out the peanut sauce and thaw it in the refrigerator for a day.
Do make sure that the peanut sauce is thoroughly heat through before consuming. 

Best peanut sauce

Can I halved this Peanut Sauce Recipe?

Of course you can.
You can halved or cook quarter of the quantity stated in the recipe.

I am a family of 4 adults, and we love our peanut sauce!
Honest be told, the last 2 batches of peanut sauce I cooked, was gone within 3 days.

Pardon me, I did not mean to sound braggy!
But this is the Best Peanut Sauce ever!!!

I know the recipe stated for 20 adults, which is equivalent 75g peanut sauce each, but I can assure you that once you tasted this creamy peanut sauce, you will at least go for second helping, third and so forth.

How To Cook Peanut sauce Video

Finally, I have a video on How to cook Peanut Sauce / Satay Sauce.

Other Recipes Using Peanuts

You might want to try these if you have some leftover peanuts :

This easy peanut sauce is the base sauce for satays, tofu and salad. Peanut sauce can be used in stir fries as well as a dip for rice vegetable wrap. Make a pot and freeze some for later use. This is a gluten free and vegan peanut sauce.


  1. Looks like a unique way to try Peanut.
    Going to make this sauce soon and taste it.

  2. I love peanut sauce but have never made it; thanks so much for sharing this and I wanted to compliment you on your beautiful photography!

    1. Hi Dan,
      No worries and thank you for your compliment :D


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