Tamarind Satay Sauce

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Satay or Sate means BBQ in Indonesia, Malaysia, or Singapore,  is usually made for seasoned mutton (satay), skewered into a stick and grilled over a fire, and eaten with a spicy satay sauce.

This Sentient Satay sauce is made of peanuts, tamarind, and other ingredients, except garlic and onion. In the 21st century, nearly everything is pre-processed and substituted for instant cooking. The western versions of this tamarind satay sauce use peanut butter and preprocessed tamarind paste instead of natural roasted peanuts. As you can imagine, the taste and texture end up being compromised. Our recipe uses real peanuts and real tamarind pulp for you to get the authentic  Satay sauce flavors.

Tamarind is commonly used for cooking, especially in the Caribbean, Mexico, Middle East, and South Asia. It is mostly used to create sauces, desserts, juices, chutneys, and marinades.  Other health benefits of tamarind include providing relief when suffering from constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, and fever, especially in children.

This quick and easy recipe with roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted is fine) extracted tamarind pulp from the tamarind fruit. Add the rest of the ingredients into a liquefier and blend until smooth and garnish with crushed peanuts.

Once you taste the real stuff, there is no going back to processed foods; the difference in taste will speak for itself. Satay sauce has various purposes: over salads, spring rolls, steam vegetables, rice, or noodles. You can use it as a marinade for tofu, tempeh, or simply as a dip.

If you love a little heat in your sauces, feel free to add your favorite chili. This will add some zing into your Tamarind satay sauce that will have everyone asking for more. Let me know what you think of this sauce after preparing it in the comments section. Enjoy!

Tamarind Satay Sauce

Sauce Dadaji Fusion Recipes
Serves: 4-5
Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 0 min Total Time: 10 min

Nutritional Benefits: Tamarind is rich in essential nutrients such as Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Potassium. Due to its high antioxidant levels, it helps improve your heart health by fighting off oxidative stress. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal benefits, and its for this reason why tamarind is highly valued in traditional medicine. Peanuts are a rich protein source. They are also endowed with fiber, healthy fats, phosphorus, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and complex carbs, making them great for staving off hunger and preventing heart disease.


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/4 tsp pinch of red chili paste or flakes



Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend or process into a crunchy and lightly smooth sauce.


Add a little more water or coconut milk as needed.


Add soy sauce for a salty taste.


Add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice.


If you'd prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar


Add in a dash of chili (optional) for a little zingy taste.


  • 243 Calories
  • 12g Carbohydrates
  • 20.1g Fat
  • 3.3g Fiber
  • 8.2g Protein
  • 5.7g Saturated fat
  • 100mg Sodium
  • 7g Sugar

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