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Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Real Simple SEPTEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 basil leaves, chopped (optional)


In a saucepan, over low heat, whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, curry paste or cayenne, sugar, and salt. Cook, whisking frequently, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the basil, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tip: This rich dipping sauce goes well with grilled chicken, shrimp, pork, or tofu. If desired, sprinkle with black pepper to offset the slight sweetness.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 9.12mg
  • Calories: 103.58
  • Calories from fat: 82%
  • Carbohydrate: 3.64g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Fiber: 0.87g
  • Iron: 0.84mg
  • Protein: 3.07mg
  • Saturated fat: 4.66g
  • Sodium: 145.11mg

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