Spicy peanut dipping sauce

If you’re a fan of peanuts and bold flavours, then this is a sauce you’re going to want to slather all over anything you can get your hands on. It’s a super-simple sauce that’s packed with complex flavours, so will be sure to impress anyone who didn’t watch you make it! ūüėõ For me, it’s the perfect accompaniment to corn fritters, so move over sweet chilli sauce, and make way for a mouthwatering peanutty dip that demands a serious plate-swiping!

Add to¬†your sauce-n-dips repertoire and sensationalise your next finger-food offering¬†with this sauce that’ll elicit a Pavlovian drool response the next time you think about making it…

Flavour: Spicy, salty and tangy

Yield: Enough dip to go with one batch of nibblies to feed 12 (or just enough for myself and The Robert to pig out on as a late-night snack)


  • 4 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • juice of half a lime
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 bird’s eye chillies
  • 1 tablespoon sugar – I use rapadura or palm sugar for their deep, dark flavour
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Mince the garlic as finely as you can, and chop up your chillies – add these to a medium-sized bowl
    • Tip: to get your garlic so finely minced it’s almost a paste, the trick is to slice it finely with a really sharp knife, then chop it roughy, sprinkle a little bit of salt over it, and keep chopping until the salt reduces the garlic to a paste-like consistency (shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes all up, and well worth it for infusing garlic throughout your dish and making it super-smooth)
  2. Stir in the sugar, lime juice and soy sauce – make sure the sugar is dissolved before you move to the next step
  3. Add the peanut butter, and stir until you have a thick paste
  4. Add the water to your sauce gradually, stirring as you go until you have a thick but pourable consistency
  5. Serve immediately with crunchy nibbles or over a salad of shredded Asian vegetables
    • Tip: leftover sauce (sacrilege, to be honest, but I concede that it can happen…) can be brought back to life by just adding a bit of water and stirring it back to its original consistency

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