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Malay Satay Sauce

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time2 minsTotal Time12 mins

Discover how to make this delicious Malay Satay Sauce with dry roasted and macadamia nuts. Perfect for a variety of dishes. Full recipe here:


3 cloves garlic
1 red onion
10 macadamia nuts
2 stalks lemongrass
1 Tbsp peanut oil ½ tbsp.
½ Tbsp Malay spice mix
1 ½ Tbsp tamarind puree
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
Trident 1 ½ cups coconut milk
1 cup hot water
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

Malaysian Spice mix

4 blend of spices
2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
¾ Tbsp fennel seeds
½ Tbsp chilli powder (to taste)
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cardamon
¼ tsp pepper


1. Throw the garlic, onion, macadamias, lemongrass into your processor and blitz until a paste forms.
Heat oil on med-high in saucepan. Saute this paste until it begins to turn golden and caramalises. Stir constantly and add a touch more oil if needed to stop sticking.
2. Add spice mix, tamarind and combine. Fry for 2 minutes.
3. Add peanuts, coconut milk and water.
Simmer until sauce is thick but can still pour.

Top tip: It will reduce quickly so don’t forget to stir. If too thick add more hot water.

Finally add sugar & salt.
To make it hot add 2-3 Tbsp Sambal Oelek.

Sambal Oelek:
5 chillies
½ lime
Pinch salt

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0