Recipe: Sambal kacang - Peanut sauce

This is a famous Indonesian peanut sauce. Another name for it is bumbu sateh. Serve with sateh ayam or gado gado.

Makes: 1 ½ cups
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: - minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes


  • Natural peanut butter - 1 cup
  • Water - ¾ cup
  • Soy sauce - 2 tablespoons
  • Sambal oelek (chili paste), or minced hot chiles - 2 teaspoons
  • Brown sugar - 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste


Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.


Substitute coconut milk for some of the water if you like.
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon shrimp paste.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon or two limes if you like. Or add 1 tablespoon tamarind paste.

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