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Easy Thai Basil Sauce with Key Lime and Peanut

July  5, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This is a sauce I have been making for a few years with evolving variations from a recipe I first learned in a Thai cooking class. Today I have Thai basil and key limes. I do love using my lime green hand held juicer. This sauce goes well with chicken, pork, tofu, or salad (especially shredded red and green cabbage, sliced red onion, and sliced avocado). You can decide how thick or thin you would like this sauce to be by varying the amount of peanut butter and oil. I love this as a salad dressing. —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 3-4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey (acacia is lovely)
  • 2-3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • a few flakes of dried, red chili peppers (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fish oil (or vegetarian fish oil)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 8 key limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Thai basil leaves, rolled and snipped
  • 10 mint leaves, rolled and snipped
  1. Add the honey to the peanut butter and mix. Add the oils, optional chili pepper flakes, and ginger to this.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the fish sauce before adding the vinegar, lime and lemon juice.
  3. Combine the vinegar citrus mix with the oil mix.
  4. Add the basil and mint leaves. Serve with poultry, pork, tofu or salad.

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2 Reviews

Staci F. July 10, 2010
may try this one
Sagegreen July 10, 2010
Great. I hope you like it!