Indonesian Chili-Peanut Sauce

Satay: whether itʼs chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp, this is the sauce to serve with it for dipping.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. minced red chili pepper (jalapeño or serrano)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts


  • Heat the peanut butter and water in a sauce pan over low heat, whisking to smooth out the peanut butter.
  • Add the chili pepper, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and lemon juice and continue to cook over low heat for a few minutes, stirring to prevent scorching.
  • Stir in the soy sauce and remove from heat. Stir in the chopped peanuts.
  • Serve with a variety of things such as skewered shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork.