Peanut Butter Stir-Fry Sauce With Coconut Milk

by Brynne Chandler

Coconut milk goes well with peanut butter.

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Peanut butter sauce is an oddly perfect complement to poultry and meats. Stir fry sauce adds flavor to meats and vegetables as they are cooking, and the flavors of peanut butter and coconut work perfectly together to give your stir-fry a slightly exotic flavor. Plain coconut milk is available canned in most supermarkets, but be sure that you get plain coconut mix and not pina colada mix or anything else that is sweetened.

Place your peanut butter in a small bowl. The amount you need depends on how much stir-fry you are making, but starting with 1 cup is usually enough to season enough stir-fry for four people.

Slowly stir in the coconut milk until the peanut butter begins to thin out. Exact measurements are not necessary because tastes vary.

Add a splash of soy sauce and taste the sauce. Adjust the proportions of peanut butter, coconut milk and soy sauce to your individual preference.

Sprinkle some chili powder into the sauce. One-half tsp. is a good amount to start with, but add more if you prefer. Add an equal amount of grated ginger and a splash of lime juice and stir everything together well.

Add the sauce to the stir-fry when it is almost done so that it cooks just long enough to warm through.


  • Top your stir-fry with a some crushed peanuts for a nice presentation and some added texture.

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About the Author

Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.