Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

A Balinese recipe modified to use ingredients readily available in the West.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Puree peanut butter, garlic, chille peppers, ginger root, and brown sugar in food processor.
  2. Transfer mixture to heavy saucepan.
  3. Stir in coconut milk, soy sauce and molasses.
  4. Gently simmer, uncovered, until sauce is thick and full flavored, about 30 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Let sauce cool to room temperature.
  6. Correct seasoning, adding soy sauce or lime juice to taste.
Most Helpful

It is excellent but, instead of peanut butter, please use roasted peanuts and crush them in a mortar with a pestle or, in a pinch, a plastic bag with the side of a wine bottle. It really makes a big difference in authenticity!

RotiJala October 17, 2009

The real deal - Thank you!!! Its just like you'd get in a good Indonesian restaurant! I had no food processor so I chopped the garlic, ginger and chilli finely and mashed it in a bowl with the peanut butter before transferring to a large saucepan and adding the coconut milk. Delicious. December 20, 2008

Thanks so much, Brian! I thought this was a great, quick peanut sauce. My family said it tasted just like what we used to eat when we lived on Java. I used 5 Tablespoons of Kecap Manis instead of the soy sauce and molasses and I had to let my sauce cook for 50 minutes to thicken up. This is my new quick sate sauce. Love it!

laura.grant April 28, 2007