Homemade Satay Sauce


Satay sauce is extremely easy to prepare, and is ready in 10 minutes. It takes only 5 ingredients to make this delicious, spicy peanut sauce.

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Homemade satay sauce
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2015-01-03, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 10 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 28-08-2023

10 minutes 6 people Sauces
Homemade satay sauce


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  • 250 grams peanut butter, approximately half a jar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 100 ml regular, or sweet, soy sauce, to taste
  • 500 ml of water
  • Chilli sauce, to taste

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  • Chef's knife
  • Chopping board
  • Small saucepan
  • Large whisk

Homemade Satay Sauce

10 minutes 6 people Sauces

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Preparation 5 minutes

Peel the onion and garlic cloves and dice finely. Add the water and soy sauce to a small saucepan. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pan.

Decide how much chilli sauce you want in the satay sauce, and add it the saucepan. 1 or 2 teaspoons is usually sufficient for a spicy satay sauce. 

Homemade satay sauce
Homemade satay sauce

Making the satay sauce 5 minutes

Heat the saucepan over a medium heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, add the peanut butter and mix continuously with a large whisk until a smooth satay sauce has formed.

Taste, and add more soy sauce and/or chilli sauce, if desired. Bonus tip: Add 2 tablespoons of coconut milk to make an even creamier satay sauce!

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Homemade Satay Sauce: frequently asked questions

What is the difference between satay sauce and peanut sauce?

Peanut sauce refers to a sauce with a peanut base, while satay sauce (in Indonesia) is a sauce for serving over skewered, grilled meat (the satay). These Indonesian satay sauces can have a variety of bases/flavours.

In Europe, some people refer to the type of sauce in our recipe as “satay sauce”, while others call it “peanut sauce”. Both are correct!

Which type of peanut butter is best for making satay sauce?

You can use whatever peanut butter you prefer; smooth or crunchy. The brand does not matter, so just use whatever you have in the cupboard.