Spicy-Savory PB&J (Spicy Peanut Butter Sandwich)

September  5, 2014
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 2 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

I give full credit to the PBJ's Grilled food truck in Portland, Oregon for this masterpiece! They use their own house-made peanut butter and orange marmalade and local challah bread. The moment I put it in my mouth, my PB&J world changed forever. I've been trying to recreate it ever since. —Natalie

Test Kitchen Notes

Everything about this sandwich was on point. It's such a creative concoction and the ingredients married together beautifully. All measurements worked well and the Sriracha gave it the perfect kick. The wilted basil gave great flavor too -- 3 leaves were the perfect amount. Using challah is key since it's so light and not too dense. I used butter to grill, which made it golden and toasty. I highly recommend it since it’s such a unique, easy, and tasty sandwich! —hellskitchenspice

What You'll Need
  • 2 pieces challah bread
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 pieces fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  1. Heat the butter or oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Spread the peanut butter onto one slice of bread and the orange marmalade onto the other. Then sprinkle the curry powder onto either piece of bread. Squeeze the Sriracha onto the peanut butter slice, spread it out, and top it with fresh basil. Once the oil is heated enough, place one slice of bread on top of the other and grill the sandwich on each side until golden brown and crunchy. Cut in half and enjoy!

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22 Reviews

judy October 28, 2018
Well, This would hit ALL my top notes. I happen to have some Thai Basil left over from last night's Vietnamese take out. So I am totally going to do this. Will take the suggestion of mixing the PB Marmalade and curry together. I'll use Sambal Olek, as I prefer to sriracha. I'll let them bloom a bit, then spread on sourdough, as that is all I have at the moment. Garlic sourdough, by the way!. This reminds me of a sandwich I had in Chiang May. But it was grilled cheese with Thai spices. Quite good. Going to get started now.
judy December 12, 2018
Well, I make this sandwich. Excellent. used Olek Sambal instead of sriracha, added garlic, ginger and a splash of fish sauce, as my PB was unsalted. GREAT on sourdough grilled with a nice sharp cheddar cheese. Imagine all one can do with this?
Leslie K. January 19, 2017
The one here has coconut shrimp in it :')
Lea A. February 25, 2016
I'm wondering if the best way to get the curry powder evenly distributed would be to first mix it up with the marmalade. Shaking it using a spoon might leave some bare spots.
AnneOAK October 26, 2015
Somehow this came up in a listing filtered for vegan? Not with challah. Would be good to have some sort of note indicating substitutions required to qualify under a different nutritional category.
Lynn D. November 10, 2015
Well, just make it with vegan bread! The challah doesn't mean you can't make this.
JohnL October 2, 2015
Is the curry powder sprinkled on the naked bread side or on the peanut butter and the marmalade?
Natalie October 19, 2015
On the peanut butter and/or marmalade side
Alaina C. December 21, 2014
This was sooo good! Definitely making again!
LW.ATX.78 November 13, 2014
This is ridiculously addictive. I had everything but the challah bread so picked that up 3 days ago, and it's gone; largely eaten in this delicious curried PB&J variation!
brianna October 14, 2014
I actually worked for this food truck about a year ago. This is pretty on point. It's called the Spicy Thai because the flavors are supposed to remind you of Pad Thai
Natalie October 15, 2014
No way, that's awesome! Yeah, they have every little element of the sandwich designed to perfection.
Agnes October 10, 2014
I loved this! I used honey instead and multigrain loaf. Toasting the bread definitely brings out a great flavor!
VanessaJo October 2, 2014
I've done something similar with habanero jelly, but never added basil. Yum - I'll have to try it!
Natalie October 3, 2014
Ooh that sounds yummy. Yes, basil is an excellent addition!
walkie74 October 1, 2014
I wonder if peach marmalade will work...?
Natalie October 1, 2014
I'm sure that would work just fine. Sometimes I just use honey...I think you just need something sweet in there :)
Jeannie R. September 28, 2014
Awesome, but how is this Thai? The Sriracha is actually a Vietnamese-American invention named after a district in Thailand, and the curry powder isn't Thai either!
Natalie October 1, 2014
That's a good question, the food truck called it Thai -- maybe they used thai basil and Thai curry powder...
Laura415 February 28, 2016
Well to make it more "authentic" You could use Thai curry paste mixed with the peanut butter to spread on the bread. You could use pickled Thai bird chilies sparingly or even chilies cooked in sugar syrup or honey for the sweet aspect. Fact is nothing about this is authentic anything. It's straight up fusion. Sounds like a fun experiment.
aargersi September 5, 2014
wow, yum. Breathing new life into the PB&J!!
Natalie October 3, 2014
The options are endless! Try putting a fried egg inside a pbj....surprisingly delicious!