Most “Thai” recipes created by Americans that I see when I’m scrolling through Pinterest have some sort of Thai peanut sauce made of sugary peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes (none of which are used in a Thai peanut sauce you would find in Thailand?!).
I often wonder, “Oh wow, do most Americans think that almost all Thai food has peanut sauce, and that it tastes like this??”
If so, let me set the record straight. Out of around 302 billion Thai dishes in the world, only ONE dish eaten in Thailand has a Thai peanut sauce!!
So how did Thai food and peanut sauce become synonymous in America??
I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that we Americans love our peanut butter (what’s not to love?!), so once Thai Pork Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce arrived (which is the one dish that has a Thai Peanut Sauce in Thailand), we pounced on it, and adored it, and told everyone we knew that Thai food is amazing because it has peanut sauces on everything!!! Let’s make peanut sauce now!
Thai food is amazing, and Thai Peanut Satay Sauce is also amazing, but Thai food goes way beyond a good Thai peanut sauce, check out the rest of the Thai recipes on my blog if you need evidence ;).
My Thai Peanut Sauce is based off of the kind you might find on the streets of Thailand. That means it’s made of creamy coconut milk, spicy red curry paste, sweet palm sugar and tangy tamarind paste, and normally is served with Thai pork satay.
Feel free to use it on whatever you want though because who doesn’t love a good Thai peanut sauce? Especially if it’s legit! Plus this is a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan Thai peanut sauce! Yay!
Here are some tips for how to use this peanut sauce Thai-fusion style:
- slather it on noodles along with leftover chicken and veggies from the fridge
- mix it in a crunchy Asian slaw with some quinoa
- drizzle it over grilled shrimp tacos
- whatever you can imagine! Share in comments please!
Try it today, and share it with me on Instagram, @thaifoodie! I want to see!