I am a big fan of Thai cuisine which is full of amazing flavours and dishes and two things that I am more than a little obsessed with are the spicy peanut sauce, typically used as a dipping sauce for satay, and sweet chili sauce. Having experimented with using them in many different ways I have noticed that very often where one works, the other also works! The other day I made my chicken satay salad with spicy peanut dressing and that reminded me that I had been wanting to try a sweet chili sauce dressing and that it was finally time to make it! For the recipe I started with the sweet chili sauce which is a little thick for a salad dressing so I added some coconut milk which is a common Thai ingredient and it worked well in the spicy peanut dressing. Another thing that I like about Thai cuisine is that the recipes commonly try to balance the sweet, spicy, salty and sour flavour elements and so it only seemed natural to do so in the dressing so the next ingredients were fish sauce for saltiness and lime juice for sourness. The last aspect of the dressing, a bit of peanut butter, came from a sticky chicken wing recipe on how sweet it is and you can't go wrong adding peanuts to a Thai inspired recipe. The final result is pretty amazing and I cannot wait to try it out on something!
Thai Sweet Chili Dressing
A sweet chili sauce dressing with the perfect balance of spicy heat, sweetness, saltiness and sourness that is great on salads or as a marinade.
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce for vegetarian)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
- Simmer everything in a sauce pan over medium heat until the peanut butter has meted in and let cool