This tart & spicy peanut sauce will have you dipping every bite
Great for dipping or spooning over veggies, meats or fish, this spicy peanut sauce will turn any plain dish into tasty, South East Asian flavored fare. Sauces, or dressings like this are extremely quick & easy to whip up and make a simple salad, steamed or pan sautéed dish a joy to eat. Make it today and enjoy two or more weeks of dressed up meals!
As delicious as they are, I don’t often use peanuts in recipes because they’re a somewhat controversial food. Peanuts contain a type of mold that produces a carcinogenic toxin called aflatoxin. This is especially problematic for people with gut-dysbiosis, and for those with auto-immune disorders. But as you can imagine, aflatoxin may not be healthy for anyone to be exposed to on a regular basis.
That said, there are many foods that cause inflammation, but for the healthy person can be consumed in moderation without measurable ill effect. The occasional spicy peanut sauce can be so very satisfying and if you’re in good health, you should have no trouble with enjoying this small amount of peanuts once in a while.
I certainly had the craving this week for a peanut flavored dressing and am so glad I came up with this delicious recipe. You’ve been informed, now go make some spicy peanut sauce – just keep it occasional!
There are just a couple thing to keep in mind with this recipe:
- The amount of fresh chili pepper the recipe calls for produces a light heat. Add a bit more chili, if you like things hot.
- Be sure to mince scallions by hand. If you toss them in with the rest of the ingredients into the food processor, they won’t mince but rather wind up like string – yup, you bet I tried it!
- If you don’t have coconut sugar or turbinado on hand, use organic palm sugar. Coconut sugar measures better on the glycemic index, but turbinado is a true, minimally processed sugar which hasn’t been stripped of all it’s minerals and beneficial properties. This is not the same as “brown sugar,” which in the majority of cases, is processed white sugar with a caramel dye.
- If you don’t have a food processor or blender, mince all ingredients and using a fork, mix vigorously by hand.
Tools & Pantry Shopping List
The one tool I’d recommend having on hand to make this sauce is a food processor. You can also achieve a good sauce texture using a pro-blender, or a hand blender with deep container. Here are some top picks:
- Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor
- Blendtec (buy direct from Blendtec for better promo deals!)
- Vitamix 5200
- Waring Light-Duty Quik Stik Immersion Blender (100% stainless steel wand)
- Stainless Steel Milkshake Cup
- Oshawa Gluten-free Tamari – traditionally brewed high quality tamari
- Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar
Easy deeply-discounted Thrive Market shopping:
- Santa Cruz Organic Creamy Peanut Butter – one of few brands made with no added oils or sugars – just peanuts!
- San J International Organic Tamari – I prefer Ohsawa, but this is just $5.95!
- Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar – just $4.95!