Snacks, dips and sauces

The best Sate sauce

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You must have noted that I am a huge fan of this delicious and creamy sauce! Therefore I have decided to upload one recipe only for the actual sate sauce, which can be used in many different dishes.

Sate sauce is also known as peanut sauce or satay sauce and is used in worldwide cuisines. But I mainly know it from the Indonesian kitchen. Being born in The Netherlands, I have grown up with Sate sauce.

Sate sauce in The Netherlands (where I grew up)

The Netherlands adopted sate sauce as a common side dish through its colonial period of Indonesia. Besides being used in certain traditional Indonesian and Dutch-Indonesian dishes, it has found its way in to a purely Dutch context where it is eaten with literally everything.

So that is why I am a sate addict. 😉

We eat Peanut sauce with baguettes, bread, cucumber, potatoes and French fries. It is also used as an ingredient in the deep-fried snack food called Satékroket, a croquette made with a ‘flour thickened ragout’ based on Indonesian satay.

Ingredient options

You can make the sauce in many different ways. Some like it hot, some like it sweet. You can completely adjust it to your personal liking. The main things it should always have in it, is;

  • roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • soy sauce or ketjap manis
  • water, or dairy free milk

Then you can add things like;

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chilli paste or sambal
  • sesame oil or any other oil
  • tamarind or lime juice
  • sugar or agave
  • coconut milk
  • or any other spices like coriander or cumin seeds
  • galangal
  • lemon grass
  • fried onion.

As you can see, there are millions of options. And you really can adjust it the way you like it. In my believe there is no 1 authentic way of making sate sauce. When I was in Indonesia I have tasted an enormous variety of peanut sauces. Every area, family or restaurant has their own ways.

In the recipe I used whole peanuts, but nowadays many people use peanut butter, which is completely fine. You can actually use almond butter as well if you feel like a little change (or if that is what you have in your cupboard).

So, go ahead and try this king of all sauces! Find your own personal favourite, and use it with everything you can imagine 🙂 ENJOY! If you do use this recipe, please add @haricoco1 to your instagram posts, because I cannot get enough of seeing dishes with the use of delicious creamy sate sauce.

Check out recipes with the use of sate sauce, like my crispy tofu with sate. YUM!

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