Peanut sauce is traditionally used as a part of Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines. Due to the easy availability of peanuts in the Eastern cultures, this type of sauce has been used as an accompaniment for foods for many generations.
Basic ingredients for peanut sauce:
Notes about Ingredients:
Fresh ingredients tend to be most suitable for peanut sauce.
Any ingredients that require cooking, such as shallots, garlic, onion and ginger, should be the first things cooked. Trying to cook these in the peanut butter will result in them being under cooked and lacking in the full flavor of properly cooked spices.
Your regular spices, such as the chili sauce and any peppers that you decide to use, should be added shortly after your peanut butter, soy sauce, water, garlic, shallots, onions and ginger reach a boil. You will want to watch the flavor of your sauce carefully so that it is neither too mild or too spicy. Traditional peanut sauce tends to be rather spicy, although this can be modified depending on your needs.
Peanut sauce can have a range of thicknesses depending on what you intend on using your sauce for. Once you have brought all ingredients to a boil, you will need to watch your sauce carefully. It will be up to you to determine when the sauce is thick enough.
Peanut sauce can be jarred. After the sauce has been prepared, you will want to sterilize your jars by boiling them for at least ten minutes, then jarring your peanut sauce. After the jars and sauce have completely cooled, the sauce should be stored in the refrigerator. Peanut sauce may separate in the refrigerator. If this happens, simply stir to recombine the sauce.
While peanut sauce can be frozen, it can be extremely difficult to revive to its full texture and flavor after being stored in the freezer. Due to this, it is suggested that you only store your peanut sauce in the refrigerator. Peanut sauce can be stored for several weeks after being made.
Peanut sauce can be used as a garnish, dipping sauce or marinade for foods. It often accompanies dishes such as gyoza, summer rolls, spring rolls and egg rolls. In addition to this, it is often used as a stir fry sauce to add a spicy flavor.