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Chilli Peanut Sauce


Living with food intolerances presents many challenges. I love the flavour punch that pickles, chutney and spicy sauces deliver to a meal of smoky barbequed meat, but there’s a problem. All my favourite old recipes have a huge amount of onion, garlic or apple on their ingredient list which strikes them from my diet. Rather than be deterred, it’s set me on a quest to reinvent those delicious preserves to make them acceptable without any flavour compromise.

Surprisingly, the Asian sauces are proving to be the simplest despite their notoriously heavy use of shallots and garlic. Substitutions can be drawn from a long list of other aromatics. Root ginger, galangal, kaffir lime leaf and zest, lemongrass, garlic chives and coriander root are just the beginning.

I used a few different recipes, including my own  to cross reference when I made this spicy sauce. I was determined to create a rich punchy flavour without onion, garlic or coconut milk, I wanted to prove that deprivation and dietary limitations do NOT go hand in hand.

The method for this sauce is straight forward, there are no tricks or traps. The result was truly delicious, so good I found myself “tasting” long after I’d decided the sauce was finished. The chilli peanut sauce will keep in a covered container for up to one month but my first batch was well gone within a week

My next post will tell you how I used my low FODMAP satay sauce to dress a vegetable salad.

Chilli Peanut Sauce

1 teaspoon dried crushed chillies

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 tablespoon finely grated root ginger

1/4 cup crushed salted peanuts

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon light soy

1 tablespoon kecap manis

1 tablespoon brown sugar

300mls coconut water

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Put the chilli flakes into a small bowl, por the vinegar over and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

Warm the oil in a small pan and cook the ginger over a low heat until transluscent.

Add the peanuts, peanut butter, sauces, chillis in vinegar and sugar.

Stir until the peanut butter melts and the mixture is well combined.

Slowly stir in the coconut water, bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook until thick.

Stir in the lime juice.

Store in a covered container tin the fridge.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

22 comments on “Chilli Peanut Sauce

  1. chef mimi
    January 21, 2016

    Oh this sounds wonderful!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 21, 2016

      Sharp with lime, hot with chilli and very peanutty, it’s a great BBQ sauce

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  2. Francesca
    January 18, 2016

    This looks delicious. Can Coconut milk also be used?
    I have a young friend who has been advised to follow the FODMAP diet, given her intolerances which cause her a great deal of distress. She was feeling depressed about missing out on the foods that she loves. I have recommended your blog to her and she is already excited. Things don’t have to lack flavour. Thankyou for providing such an excellent resource.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 18, 2016

      Yes coconut milk is fine. It gets a green light on the diet but I can’t tolerate it. Rachel got in touch yesterday. I suggested she ask you for some sourdough starter to convert. I’m slowly inching my way toward a FODMAP recipe book.

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      • Francesca
        January 18, 2016

        Great idea. I have the starter for her and hope she can follow your technique using spelt. Yes, a Fodmap book is what is needed. In the meantime, I advised Rach that your posts are as good as a book.

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  3. ChgoJohn
    January 18, 2016

    You and a few other cooks that I follow are to be commended, Sandra. It’s not just that you’ve learned to live with these dietary restrictions but you really have thrived, developing tasty dishes that, in many ways, are superior to those they are meant to replace. I bet this peanut sauce of yours is vastly better than any peanut sauce that I’ve been served at any restaurant. No doubt about it.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 18, 2016

      I love to eat John, that’s what motivates me to reinvent recipes to comply with my diet. Life’s to short to eat bland food

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  4. Gretchen
    January 15, 2016

    Looks incredible. We use so many sauces and I keep saying it’s time to make more of them ourselves. I will have to try this out. Nice to know you’ve found a way to enjoy sauces with dietary restrictions.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 16, 2016

      I don’t give up easily, I like flavour too much. You might need to modify the chilli a little for the boys, but you are the best judge of that..

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  6. Claudia Anderson
    January 14, 2016

    Is it hot? Or merely..mmm…full tasting? Im going to try making it.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 14, 2016

      That will depend on the dried chillies you use. Some are more fiery than others so modify to suit your palate. I like some chilli burn but like to leave my palate intact…

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  7. Claudia Anderson
    January 14, 2016

    This sounds right up my alley. But what is kecap manis?

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 14, 2016

      Hi Claudia, kecap manis is a sweet syrupy soy sauce of Indonesian origin. You could substitute regular soy sauce and 1 tablespoon brown sugar

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  8. Liz - Good Things
    January 13, 2016

    Yum. I love the addition of lime! xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 14, 2016

      I love the fresh finish of this sauce, not at all cloying like some peanutty things

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  9. Eha
    January 13, 2016

    Well, the only food to which I seem to be allergic is the Asian fruit ‘durian’ – the ‘stinky’ one which nearly sent me to hospital in Singapore 😦 !! Don’t think I’ll shed tears over that!! That said, I make and eat a lot of peanut and other sate etc sauces and yours has really caught my fancy . . . real curiosity as to taste especially as I have never used coconut water in mine . . thanks!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 14, 2016

      I was really happy with the result and the family love it too

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  10. Lisa @ cheergerm
    January 13, 2016

    Great photo Sandra and the sauce looks delicious.

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  11. kathandkate
    January 12, 2016

    This looks delicious! FODMAPS are out for me too and it can make cooking challenging at times! I will definitely try this out!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 12, 2016

      Oh it is KandK, and with plenty of robust flavour and no irritating FODMAPS.

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