Peanut-Tamarind Dipping Sauce for Spring Rolls or Satay Recipe

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Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt

Why It Works

  • Using a mortar and pestle gets great flavor out of the garlic and peanuts.
  • Thai curry paste combines many aromatic components in one easy-to-find ingredient, saving you time and money in the kitchen.

This peanut-tamarind sauce is great as a dip for spring rolls, or as a marinade and dip for satay.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shelled peanuts (3 ounces; 85g)

  • 1 tablespoon palm or light brown sugar (1/2 ounce; 15g)

  • 3 medium cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) light soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegan Thai red or Massaman curry paste

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tamarind concentrate

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil

  • Dry chile flakes, to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. If You Have a Mortar and Pestle (Recommended): Toast peanuts on a rimmed baking sheet in a 375°F oven or toaster oven until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Combine sugar and garlic in the mortar and pound with the pestle into a smooth paste. Add peanuts and pound to form a chunky paste. Add soy sauce, curry paste, and tamarind concentrate and firmly stir with a circular motion until a homogeneous chunky mixture is formed. Add vegetable oil and stir to combine. Add water to thin to a pourable but still thick consistency. Adjust heat with chile flakes, if desired.

  2. If You Have a Food Processor: Toast peanuts on a rimmed baking sheet in a 375°F oven or toaster oven until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Combine peanuts, sugar, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a chunky paste is formed. Add soy sauce, curry paste, tamarind concentrate, and oil and process until a chunky homogeneous mixture is formed. Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until sauce reaches a pourable but thick consistency. Adjust heat with chile flakes, if desired.

  3. Sauce can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Special equipment

Rimmed baking sheet or toaster oven, mortar and pestle or food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
113 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 116mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)