If you are looking for a satay sauce recipe, you should first know that although the basic type of satay sauce in Thai cuisine is the one made with peanuts, there are different sauces that are better served on particular meats. For instance, there is a chicken satay sauce and a beef satay sauce and every of them go better with that particular type of meat. Read more and learn how to make one of the best sauces for both chicken and beef.
But let’s start on how the basic coconut milk-based satay sauce is prepared. According to a simple recipe, you will need a can of coconut milk, half a cup of peanut butter, half onion, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1 spoon of soy sauce and half of teaspoon of red pepper. As you will see, satay sauce is not very difficult to make but you have to make sure that you prepare it at the right temperature (which is medium heat). The only thing you have to do is to mix everything together, preferably in a saucepan and bring them to boil while stirring continuously and here you have your coconut satay sauce. However, the secret of a perfect Thai dish is to maintain the sauce warm until the main dish is prepared.
Those of you who like beef can prepare a delicious satay sauce to be served with beef. For this you will need a third of a cup with coconut milk, half a cup with peanut butter, 2 spoons of red curry, a spoon of brown sugar and half a spoon of fish sauce and water. However, you can make it tastier by adding a spoon of chicken stock instead of water. Also, you may use massaman curry instead of red curry if you wish. For this particular sauce, it is recommended to first warm up the peanut butter and stir until it melts. Afterwards, you can add the rest of the ingredients and stir continuously until you got the thickness that you desire. And once again, don’t forget to serve it warm because a cold peanut satay sauce will ruin your entire Thai dish.
The chicken satay with peanut sauce is however one of the most famous types of satay and that is perhaps due to the popularity of chicken as a type of meat. Satay sauce for chicken is basically prepared like the others satay sauces. However, you can choose to make it more or less spicy by adding chili sauce. A particular type of satay sauce that is served with chicken is the satay Ponorogo. This variation of satay comes from a town in East Java, Indonesia and which is mainly prepared with chicken meat, typically marinated, and with peanuts and chili satay sauce. Commonly, this dish is garnished with shallots, lime juice and a paste made of chili.
In the end, you can choose the best satay sauce recipe according to your meat preferences, especially because Thai cuisine is so rich and you have plenty of choices.