Peanut dip is a dipping sauce made with peanuts or peanut butter and several other ingredients which often include garlic, sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, and many more. Though peanut butter is commonly used to prepare the dipping sauce; however, the Thai peanut dip recipe, which is quite popular, often suggests the use of peanuts to prepare the sauce. Peanut dipping sauce can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature, along with vegetables, chips, noodles, and several other dishes.
Ingredients, Preparation Overview, Serving, and Storage of Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
A popular Thai peanut dipping sauce recipe suggests the use of unsalted and dry roasted peanuts, water, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and coconut milk as the essential ingredients. A variant of this dip suggests using tamarind paste in place of lime juice and Thai chili sauce in place of cayenne pepper.
The sauce is prepared by blending together all the ingredients until smooth and then placing it in microwave for a few minutes. It is often served warm with spring rolls or fresh vegetables. This sauce can also be combined with noodles.
The Thai peanut dipping sauce can be stored in refrigerator for around two weeks, if kept properly covered; freezer should be used for storing the sauce beyond two weeks. Also, the sauce tends to become thick when allowed to sit; hence little amount of coconut milk or water should be added for thinning it out.
Peanut Dip Recipe Variations
A few popular peanut dip recipe variations are discussed hereunder:
- Spicy peanut dip- the spicy peanut dipping sauce is prepared by sautéing ginger, garlic, and shallots in some oil, until shallots get soft, and then adding red pepper (crushed), curry powder, chicken broth, lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and peanut butter. The sauce is simmered for a few minutes before stirring in pepper and salt. It can be served at room temperature or chilled.
- Peanut dip for fruits- peanut based dip for fruits is prepared by mixing together cream cheese, vanilla, peanuts, and brown sugar and refrigerating it for a few hours. It is served popularly with apple wedges.
- Asian peanut dip- it is a blend of peanut butter, low-fat tofu, brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, red pepper (crushed), and crushed garlic cloves. The dip is refrigerated before serving.
Serving Peanut Dips
A few serving suggestions with respect to peanut dips are mentioned hereunder:
- The Thai peanut dipping sauce goes well not only with fresh vegetables, noodles, or spring rolls, but is also a perfect accompaniment to cucumber slices, and shrimp chips. Further to that, it acts as a very nice salad dressing and pairs well with rice too.
- Peanut dips also pair well with grilled chicken strips.
- The dip can also be served as a spread for sandwiches.
- Peanut dip is a perfect accompaniment to fruits also.