5-Minute vegan peanut satay sauce can easily be made at home from scratch! It tastes just like the traditional Thai version and you will never go back to buying it from stores. Using fresh peanuts is the best part of this recipe.
Its not that I think the store bought items are bad. I just like the challenge of making food myself and see how close I can get my recipe to match in taste and flavor.
I have used Thai peanut satay sauce so many times in different recipes, so, I thought it was time to try my hand at making it at home.
This peanut satay sauce turned to be easier to make than I thought. First, it only took 5 minutes to make which really surprised me. I thought I would have to find complicated ingredients online and try to mix them in the right combination!
I have never been so happy to be so wrong!
What is peanut satay sauce?
Peanut satay sauce is a sauce made with roasted peanuts or sometimes fried peanuts. The “satay” is from Indonesian which is skewered meat. The sauce is often poured over skewered meat and also works great for marinating meat that is going to be put on a stick.
In most countries outside of the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, its common to use peanut butter to make the recipe. Also, red pepper flakes are also substituted for chili. I think it has to do with convenience which is why there are so many different types of recipes for this sauce
For me, I am going to use it to saute tofu and maybe even paneer, if I can. Then, I am going to use that tofu in another recipe, so, stay tuned. I am still in the experimental phases, but, you will get to see this recipe soon.
Is Peanut Satay Sauce Gluten-free?
So, I am not an expert on Gluten-free recipes or anything gluten. The main thing I know is that soy sauce is not gluten free and since almost all satay sauce recipes use it, it makes it not gluten-friendly.
If you make my recipe, you can substitute soy sauce for tamari sauce which is similar and is gluten-free. I have used this (affiliate link) tamari sauce brand in the past and highly recommend it.
Consult with your doctor first just to confirm.
Is Peanut Satay Sauce Vegan?
Sadly, the traditional version is not vegan nor vegetarian. Most of the recipes I have seen, use fish sauce in it. There are a few grocery stores that will sell this satay sauce which is vegan. I like going to my grocery store and trying to find it.
In my recipe below, I use nutritional yeast and soy sauce to compensate for the fish sauce. It tastes really good and I am told that my recipe tastes just like the traditional version.
You can also use vegan Worcestershire sauce which is a vegan replacement for fish sauce in many recipes. Annie’s makes an amazing (affiliate link) Worcestershire sauce that you can use in this recipe.
I also used non-dairy milk in this recipe. My favorite is almond milk for this recipe. You can also use coconut milk which will make it more creamier.
How long does peanut satay sauce sauce last?
The store bought versions have a long shelf life. I think they can stay refrigerated for about six months. When you purchase it from a grocery store, make sure you look at the expiration date to be sure.
If you make my recipe below, it can stay refrigerated for about a month. You can also freeze it in ziplock bags or freezer friendly containers.
What else can you add to this sauce?
Other than the traditional ingredients, I like to add a few of my own. I experimented with fresh oregano, hemp seeds, agave, chia seeds, walnuts, pistachios and even green apples.
The world is my pantry, so, I will use anything I can find. Feel free to experiment with any ingredients.
If you have time, roast the peanuts first before grinding them. Roast them in the oven at 250° for about 10 minutes or until they brown. You can also roast them in the mini oven or stove top.
And, if you like peanuts, have you tried slow cooker boiled peanuts before? They are so good!
What is your favorite way to use peanut satay sauce?
I used this peanut sauce in a delicious vegan summer rolls recipe. You have to check it out!
How to make peanut satay sauce
Vegan Peanut Satay Sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
- Grind peanuts in food processor until creamy
- Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above
- Blend all the ingredients until everything is mixed well
- Transfer to a glass bottle and refrigerate