01 April 2014

Foodie Tuesday | Spicy Peanut Sauce

For years now, Daryn's and my solution to vegetables going justthisside of rotten in the fridge has been to stir-fry the crap out of them.

Stir-fries are totally undemanding, and very forgiving. Less-than-fresh veggies get a little perk-up; a little love. And it doesn't matter which veggies you use - one time carrots, peppers and broccoli, another time snap peas, zucchini and mushrooms - it all ends up tasting delicious.

The trick to every great stir-fry, we've discovered, is to find a really great sauce.

Like, really great.

Because it's the sauce that makes it. That's a scientific fact.


In a pinch we're perfectly happy to use ready-made sauces (PC Memories of Shanghai is pretty great, actually) but homemade is always (always) best, and this delicious, nutritious, foolproof, super-easy peanut sauce (that you can throw together using ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry) makes every stir-fry a perfect stir-fry.

Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: N/A | Makes: enough to coat 7-10 cups of stir-fry
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce (we use sushi soy because it has less sugar, but you can use whatever brand/type soy sauce you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. grated or minced ginger (we used fresh because we happened to have a piece of ginger root on hand from another recipe, but jarred will work just as well)
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice (lime would work, too)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes OR 1 tsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
Cooking Directions:
  1. Combine peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add to any stir fry (2-3 cups protein + 5-7 cups vegetables) or rice noodles, or use as a fab & tasty dipping sauce for satay.
The only thing left for you to do is revel in the deliciousness, and pat yourself on the back for 1) cleaning out your pantry of nearly rotten veggies, and 2) taking good care of your taste buds at the same time.

Good work, soldier. Well done.