The Best Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe comes from the vegetarian times and is actually a vegan recipe, though I am not either of those things :-). I made this because I just LOVE peanut sauces and this is the best one I have had, not to mention how simple it was to make! I used reduced fat peanut butter and it didn't seem to affect the recipe at all. It will keep up to a week or so in the fridge and personally, I like to either toss it with noodles and chicken or serve it with chicken chunks over brown rice. I don't like things spicy and this was perfect. I also saute the chicken chunks in 1 tsp sesame oil just to enhance the flavor. It makes quite a bit of sauce, I would say it serves 6! Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat Oil in saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Saute shallot in oil 2 minutes, or until beginning to soften.
  3. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute 1 minute (until fragrant).
  4. Whisk in peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup water until smooth and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer about 5 minutes.
  6. stir in lime juice.
  7. This can be served hot or at room temperature.
  8. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

4 5

This is peanut sauce the way I like it. It is tasty without being too hot and spicy. I found it was getting too thick when simmering so did not simmer the full five minutes. I used it mixed in noodles with some grilled chicken thrown in. Thanks for posting, will make again.

5 5

I adore peanut sauce, and this is an excellent one, creamy with a touch of spice, the peanut butter not too evident. I loved the flavours of lime coming through, I could have (and did sneak some) eaten all this with a spoon, all by myself! :) Bowing to civilisation, though, I sauteed some tofu cubes in sesame oil and a little chilli-garlic paste, I added some frozen peas to the simmering peanut sauce, and served the whole lot over chinese egg noodles. Oh man, sooo good! Made for PAC Fall 2009, thank you, Quistis!

5 5

Yum!I made a stir fry with squash, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and green onions and served with whole wheat spaghetti. Delicious sauce. I did use chunky peanut butter with no problem. Thanks! Made for the Asian tag game-Nov. 2010.