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Satay Sauce

A zesty, spicy recipe that's a perfect addition for chicken skewers.


  • 100ml/3½fl oz vegetable oil

  • 225g/8oz peanuts

  • 4 shallots, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tsp shrimp paste (blachan)

  • 1 small red chilli, chopped

  • Pinch chilli powder

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • 400ml/14½fl oz water

  • 1 lemon, juice only

  • salt, to taste


  • 1.

    To make the sauce, heat the oil in a pan or wok and stir fry the peanuts until golden. Place in a food processor and blend until smooth.

  • 2.

    Fry the shallot, garlic and shrimp paste for a few seconds. Add the chopped chilli, the chilli powder, sugar, soy and water. Bring to the boil.

  • 3.

    Add the blended peanuts and simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened. Add the lemon juice and salt, to taste, if required.

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