August 10, 2015
At Home with Friends


Dipping Sauces: Peanut Sauce & Chili Garlic Sauce

I served a Chili Garlic Sauce and a Peanut Sauce with the Thai Lettuce Wraps. I buy the Chili Garlic Sauce readymade because frankly I can’t make it any better and the ingredients are simple and straight forward.

I make my own Peanut Sauce because most of the readymade peanut sauces available in supermarkets are loaded with weird chemicals and lots of corn syrup and dextrose.

My version has a fresher, cleaner taste and I feel good knowing I’m eating and serving food with no chemicals.

Peanut Sauce is a great sauce to have in your repertoire. Sometimes I add toasted sesame seeds and use it as a dip for steamed asparagus, serve it with grilled pork or chicken.

I’m giving you the basic recipe which you can tweak to your taste. Start with the basics and taste as you go. If you want it slightly hotter, add more Sriracha sauce or chili flakes. If you want it a bit sweater, add more honey.

Make it two days ahead and allow the flavors to marry. Taste and correct as needed.



EVENT: Game Night

YIELD: 2 Cups


2/3 cup smooth peanut butter

3 garlic cloves

Juice 1/2 medium lime

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoon honey

1/3 cup water

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a blender, blend together all the ingredients except salt and pepper, until smooth.

2. Taste. Add salt and pepper and adjust as needed.