Thai peanut dressing is an awesome sweet, salty and spicy sauce that can be served as a salad dressing, as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, or as a sauce with noodles. It is extremely easy to make, and incorporates four of the five basic tastes (i.e., spicy, sour, sweet and salty) to maintain a balanced flavor. Read on the recipe and prepare it at home with great ease.
Preparation Time required: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time Required: 10 Minutes
Total Time Required: 20 Minutes
Yield: 1(1/2) cups
Corn starch – 2 tablespoons
Cold water – (1/2) cup
Low-sodium soy sauce – (1/4) cup
Smooth and creamy peanut butter – (1/2) cup
Brown sugar – (1/4) cup
White vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Toasted sesame oil – 2 tablespoons
Warm water – 1 cup
Peanut oil – (1/3) cup
Lime juice – (1/4) cup
Maple syrup – 1 tablespoon
Garlic – 1(1/2) teaspoons (minced)
Cayenne pepper flakes – (1/4) teaspoon (crushed)
Rice vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Honey – 1 tablespoon
Kosher salt – (3/4) teaspoon
Canola oil – 1 tablespoon
Chopped peanuts – (1/4) cup
Minced fresh mint leaves – 1 tablespoon
Method Of Preparation
1. As said previously, Thai peanut dressing is a super easy recipe and consumes very little time. Though it involves a lot of ingredients for coming out with the unique spicy, tasty and tangy flavor, the method of preparation is absolutely hassle-free. At first, take a small bowl and pour (1/2) cup of cold water into it. Add 2 tablespoons corn starch to it slowly.
2. While pouring the corn starch into the water, stir the mixture continuously with a fork. Alternatively, you can use a regular small wire whisk to whip up the whole combination. Constant stirring prevents lumping and helps the corn starch dissolve in the water quickly. Once you are done with this, just keep the bowl aside.
3. Now, take a medium-sized cooking pan. Put the low-sodium soy sauce, smooth and creamy peanut butter, brown sugar, white vinegar, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, minced garlic, honey, and warm water one by one in the pan. Place the pan over medium flame. Using the wire whisk, whisk all the ingredients together slowly and constantly. Simmer the mixture and continue whipping until the brown sugar gets completely dissolved.
4. Add kosher salt, crushed cayenne pepper flakes, lime juice, and maple syrup to the mixture of the cooking pan. Blend them well. Also, pour peanut oil and canola oil into the pan and stir the entire thing continuously to get a smooth consistency.
5. Now, add the already dissolved corn starch mixture to the concoction of the pan very slowly. Keep the pan simmering on medium heat. Stir the entire mixture continuously as you pour the dissolved corn starch mixture in it, so that the corn starch does not get separated to form lumps. As the mixture heats up, the sauce gets thicker. After a couple of minutes, take the cooking pan off the oven.
6. Garnish the dressing with delicately minced peanuts and finely chopped fresh mint leaves. You can either serve it warm with some healthy and nutritious salad or store it for using in future. If you are going to stock it up, just transfer it to a sealed bottle and keep in the refrigerator for up to one month. Before using, bring it to the room temperature first and then whisk well.