Finally, the third installment of my sauce/dressing series. (One and two here.) This one is less leafy salad condiment and more noodles/rice/stir-fried veg enhancer. It’s peanutty and sharp with lime and fragrant with cilantro. If you like it a little heavy on the garlic it has a nice punch of heat when you first make it, but that will mellow over time (I’ve kept this in a jar in my fridge for weeks and it’s still good). It’s great for dipping things in, for tossing with rice or egg noodles or in a bowl of jasmine rice and Asian greens. We love the broccoli-yam combo around here.
And it’s so, so easy. If you like a bigger kick of heat, you can add your hot sauce of choice, or red chile flakes.
Lime-Spiked Peanut Sauce
Adapted from Rebar Modern Food and Bon Appetit
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 if you like it less garlicky)
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
juice and zest of one lime
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce (use low sodium if you want)
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
In a food processor or blender, add everything together and process well to a smooth sauce. I always taste and adjust seasonings accordingly–sometimes I need more lime, sometimes more soy sauce.