A truly terrific EASY Satay Sauce for stir fries! Just a handful of Asian pantry essentials then add your stir fry ingredients of choice using my “formula” and voila! A Satay Stir Fry!
Today’s recipe is a Satay Sauce for stir fries which is adapted from this Quick Satay Stir Fry which is a reader recipe. I must confess I was a bit doubtful when I first tried the recipe, knowing from experience that generally, “good” peanut and satay sauces have a fairly extensive ingredient list yet this one had so few.
I LOVE being proven wrong (about food) and variations of that Quick Satay Stir Fry has become a regular in my repertoire, that’s how much I enjoy it. What I do is use the Satay Sauce from that recipe and a “formula” to make stir fries and noodles. So that’s what I’ sharing here today – the recipe for the Satay Sauce for stir fries and stir fried noodles.
This Satay Sauce for stir fries is one of those gems that belies the short list of simple ingredients. It has depth of flavour and complexity that you find in restaurant peanut sauces yet is much more straight forward to make. The satay and peanut sauce spectrum is broad – very broad – with variations all across the world, not just from Asia. In Australia, the most well known are probably Malaysian and Thai peanut sauces that are served with satay skewers, and I promise that I will share both one day.
This one is not from any particular cuisine, though Australians will recognise it as similar to the Satay Peanut Sauce flavour served in Chinese restaurants, owing to the hint of curry flavour.
This is the curry powder I use – Clive of India which is widely available in Australia at supermarkets. Yes, this is an Indian curry. It doesn’t really matter what type of curry powder you use because it’s just a subtle background flavour. I promise!
Irrespective of the absence of authentic ethnic roots for this Satay Sauce, the most important thing is that it’s super tasty. I love it. And I bet you love it too. Especially because if peanut butter sandwiches and stir fries are a regular in your household, you probably have everything you need to make this right now! – Nagi x
PS The recipe for these Stir Fried Noodles with Peanut Sauce
is coming on Friday has now been published – here it is. It’s crazy good. Crazy, crazy good!
A terrific staple for satay and peanut sauce lovers!!! Use it to make stir fries and noodles using the "formula" provided below. Or use this Satay Peanut Chicken Stir Fry or this Stir Fried Noodles with Peanut Sauce recipe (pictured in post)! The addition of curry powder in this makes the peanut sauce similar to the satay peanut sauce used in stir fries in Chinese restaurants. Makes enough sauce for 2 - 3 people, a stir fry with rice, or stir fried noodles. Recipe VIDEO below.
- 1 tbsp fish sauce (Note 1)
- 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce (Note 2)
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp curry powder (any type)
- 1 1/2 tbsp / 30 g crunchy peanut butter, regular (Note 1)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (Note 2)
- 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce (Note 3)
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch
- 2 garlic clove , minced
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp curry powder (any type)
- 1/4 cup / 60g crunchy peanut butter, regular (Note 1)
- 1/4 cup / 65 ml water
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 - 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or minced
- 180- 200g / 6 - 7 oz protein of choice, sliced
- 3 - 4 cups vegetables of choice, chopped / sliced as required and grouped by cooking time (Note 4)
- 100g / 3.5 oz dried rice noodles, prepared per packet
- 180 - 200g / 6 - 7 oz fresh noodles of choice (egg or rice), prepared per packet
- Finely chopped coriander / cilantro
- Crushed peanuts
Place all ingredients other than water in a bowl. Mix to combine. Then add water and mix again.
Heat oil in a skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and 1/2 sliced onion. Cook 1 minute.
Add protein of choice or sliced tofu. Cook 2 minutes until just cooked.
Add vegetables in order of time to cook, starting with the veggies that take the longer. Cook briefly until just cooked but still crisp.
Add NOODLES if using, delicate veggies (eg bean sprouts, spinach and other leafy greens) and Sauce.
Toss for 1 - 2 minutes until Sauce thickens and coats stir fries. If using skillet, you may need to add a splash of water if Sauce thickens too quickly.
Remove from heat and serve immediately! Great served with crushed peanuts and fresh finely chopped coriander / cilantro.
1. Just use regular peanut you use for sandwiches! If you use unsweetened peanut butter, you may need to add a touch of sugar to the sauce. If using pure pureed peanut spread, you may find it's a bit dry so will need to add a little oil to the sauce.
2. Don't skip the fish sauce! It's key for getting enough complexity in the flavour of this Peanut Sauce with so few ingredients. The sauce smells a bit fishy but that smell disappears once cooked. Few people can pick that the stir fry sauce has fish sauce in it!
3. Dark Soy Sauce has more flavour than light and all purpose soy sauce. It also darkens the colour of the Peanut Sauce. You can substitute with normal soy sauce. For the STIR FRY, it can be substituted with more fish sauce (don't do this for the sauce for the noodles, it's too much so it can be too fishy).
4. When cooking stir fries, add the vegetables that take the longest to cook first, then delicate leafy things like the leaves of Asian greens, spinach and bean sprouts right at the end. For Asian greens, separate the stems from the leafy parts, and put the stems in first.
Broccoli / broccolini / cauliflower - cook prior to adding as they won't cook in the quick cook time for this recipe.
5. STORAGE: The Sauce can be made and kept for 3 days. If keeping for longer than than 3 days, leave out the ginger and garlic and add it when using (for freshness and also because minced garlic goes off).
6. Nutrition for Sauce only, for stir fry for 2 servings.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
LIFE OF DOZER
Dozer’s golden retriever boarder continued to send me daily updates even when I was off the grid. This is the first one I saw when I returned to civilisation. He looks like he’s behaving……. he respects her a whole lot more than me!!