The Best, Saté sauce (peanut sauce) Easy to make

You must have noticed that I am a huge fan of this delicious and creamy sauce! Peanut sauce! Also known as Saté sauce. Therefore I have decided to upload one recipe only for the making of the actual sauce.

Make the ‘king’ of all sauces with this easy recipe;

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

🥘Main ingredients

peanut sauce ingredients
  • peanuts (or shop bought peanut butter)
  • sesame oil
  • ketjap manis, or soy sauce / tamari with added sugar
  • sambal oelek, or another chilli paste
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • coconut milk, or cream

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 contain, are;

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

Other ingredient possibilities other than in the recipe are;

  • tamarind
  • lime juice
  • sugar or agave
  • coconut cream
  • 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 Saté sauce. When I was in Indonesia, I have tasted an enormous variety of peanut sauces. Every area, family or restaurant has their own ways.

🔪 Instructions, make your own nut butter

Even tough it is completely fine to use shop bought peanut butter. It is so easy, and much cheaper to make your own. It basically is just a matter of blending the nuts.

  • Add the raw / roasted (unsalted) peanuts to a good high quality food processor
  • Blend; after 1 – 2 minutes the nuts become crumbles. After that they will start to release their natural oil. And the crumbles will form a ball. After that you will see that it becomes a paste.
  • Keep on blending for 1 more minutes to get a nice smooth peanut butter

The whole process will take less then 5 minutes. Depending on the freshness of your peanuts, it might be helpful to add a few drops of nut oil, but don’t do this before their natural oil starts releasing (so when it starts to form a ball). If your peanuts are of high quality adding extra oil shouldn’t be necessary.

You can replace the peanuts for almonds. Very tasty too!

making nut butter into sauce …

As you can see in the short video in the recipe card, I sautéed the ingredients first in some sesame oil. This releases a more aromatic flavour of the spices. And the flavours get better integrated. But if you are really short of time, you can just blend all the ingredients in a food processor without cooking. Super simple and quick, and still very tasty!

🥗 Serving suggestions

Saté sauce, peanut sauce or satay sauce is used in worldwide cuisines. But I mainly know it from the Indonesian kitchen. Being born in The Netherlands where we eat loads of Dutch-Indonesian food. I have grown up with Sate sauce.

The Netherlands adopted Saté 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 into a purely Dutch context where it is eaten with literally everything.

So that is why I am a Saté addict. 😉

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

Or use the sauce in the more classic dishes like; Crispy tofu, in an African peanut soup or use it in one of your own favourite noodle dishes.

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.

📋 Recipe

close up sate sauce in bowl

Saté sauce – satah – peanut sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 184.65kcal


  • This recipe makes 1 Bowl of sate sauce
  • 130 gram 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 Tablespoon sweet ketjap manis (or soy sauce with added 1 Tablespoon brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or chilli paste, or cayenne pepper
  • 70 ml 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • Water


  • Start with making the peanut butter; by blending the peanuts in a food processor until you reach a creamy peanut butter. Only do this with a high quality food processor. (You can use store bought peanut butter instead)
  • Sauté the minced garlic and minced ginger in sesame oil on medium/high heat, approx. 3 minutes.
  • Add the sambal oelek (chille paste) and stir.
  • Pour in the ketjap manis (sweetened soy sauce)
  • Add about 3 large Tablespoons of peanut butter, stir until well combined
  • Pour in the coconut milk
  • Taste, and adjust to you own liking.
  • With a stick blender (immersion blender) blend the sauce until you reach a smooth texture, add a little water during the blending. (more water for a thinner sauce)



This sauce is completely adjustable to your own liking, reduce or increase any of the ingredients.
While cooling this sauce thickens significantly. You can add water at time of reheating.
Keep up to a week in the fridge, or freeze.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 184.65kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.05g | Protein: 7.25g | Fat: 16.54g | Saturated Fat: 4.16g | Sodium: 317.56mg | Fiber: 2.21g | Sugar: 1.24g | Vitamin C: 0.43mg | Calcium: 2.92mg | Iron: 9.23mg
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