Peanut and Tamarind Sauce

    20 min

    This sauce has the perfect balance of hotness, nuttiness, creaminess and sweet and sourness. Use it over fish, chicken, rice, noodles or as a dip for vegetable sticks, chicken fingers or anything you fancy.

    12 people made this

    Makes: 500 ml

    • 250ml chicken stock
    • 130g crunchy peanut butter
    • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste or pulp
    • 1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
    • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 4 teaspoons coconut cream concentrate
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Whisk together the chicken stock, peanut butter, tamarind, chilli, ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, coconut cream concentrate and soy sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes more. Serve hot.


    If your local supermarket doesn't stock tamarind paste or pulp, you will find it at Indian/South Asian speciality stores.
    Coconut cream concentrate can be purchased online.

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    This turned out awesome, but I totally modified it almost beyond recognition based on what I had on hand. I omitted chile pepper and ginger, and substituted szechuan for hoisin, 2% milk for coconut milk, and garlic powder for fresh garlic. I used half the amount of peanut butter (smooth) and then threw in some crushed peanuts. It turned out awesome though!!!  -  02 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was good, but I made some changes the second time around that made it phenomenal. I found the consistency to be better when I tried it with smooth peanut butter, and tossed some crushed peanuts on top when serving. I also added a half cup more of chicken stock, and the juice of half a lime for that authentic tangy Thai zing. When cooking for kids or those not fond of spicy dishes, substitute the chile for 2 Tbs. sweet chile sauce. All in all a great sauce.  -  07 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Flavors didn't seem to meld well--I don't think the tamarind goes well with peanut. It was heavy, which is uncharacteristic of all other good Thai food we have had. I won't make this again.  -  25 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)