Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Typical Ground Peanut Sauce
Goes with Sate, also Gado Gado

Cooking Asian dishes with onions


This is a typical Indonesian Peanut Sauce, served with Sates and also forms the basis for the classical Indonesian salad, Gado Gado.

The recipe makes about 3 cups and takes about a quarter of an hour preparation time and about 10 minutes to cook.

Peanut Sauce
Bambu Sate



Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

1½ cups shelled fresh Peanuts, about 8 ounces
2 tablespoons Peanut Oil or other oil
½ Onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove Garlic, peeled
½ teaspoon dried Hot Peppers
1 tablespoon ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar, packed
2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
2 cups hot Water, more if needed
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste


How to make Indonesian peanut sauce


Fry Peanuts in Oil in frying pan, stirring constantly until browned.  Transfer to food processor or blender with Onions, Garlic, Hot Pepper, Ginger, Brown Sugar and Lemon Juice. Purée until very smooth, adding a little more hot Water if necessary, so mixture churns well.

Work in more hot Water, adding enough to make sauce that is thick enough to coat spoon.  Transfer sauce to saucepan. Simmer about 2 minutes, stirring.  Taste for seasoning.

This sauce can be made up to a couple weeks in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator. This recipe makes enough for about a dozen people for a Rijsttafel banquet.

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