Making peanut sauce yourself without extra sugar

Making peanut sauce or peanut butter yourself. My Dutch, Spanish and international girlfriends and friends in Barcelona love it! Seriously no (vegan) barbecue goes by without them saying, “Danique you can come, but only if you make your peanut sauce.” So that’s how bad it is by now. They would rather have my satay sauce than me ;-).

Unfortunately, peanut butter in Spain is a lot more expensive when you just want peanut butter with no fuss. In all the Mercadonas and Lidl’s you buy that American peanut butter with sugar*. Bleeg. We don’t want that, of course. I like to take the unsalted peanuts from the Netherlands to make my own peanut butter here, very inexpensive too. I then do not use this peanut butter for the satay sauce by the way.

Update: Mercadona now sells pure peanut butter without sugar! In the variant with and without pieces.

Making sate sauce from peanuts

For the satay sauce I make in Barcelona I just use salted peanuts which then blend with a little walnut oil to make the well-known spread, with little peanut pieces of course! If you live in the Netherlands, then almost all peanut butter is suitable! My favorite before this was the 100% peanut butter without sugar and salt from Albert heijn but with bits. Delicious!

Making the satay sauce is really super easy and done within 10 minutes. And so much tastier, you beat yourself up for always buying that ready-made peanut sauce. This is delicious with French bread, nasi or diced tempeh. If you want something less spicy, you can also leave out the chili pepper. Selamat makan!

*There is no extra added sugar in this recipe because I use sugar-free peanut butter. Of course, soy sauce manis does contain sugar. Should you not eat sugar, this is equally important. Then try using soy sauce instead of ketjap manis and substitute soy milk for coconut milk addition or natural sweeteners.

Making sate sauce yourself without extra sugar

Cooking time 10 minutes
Tijd totaal 10 minutes
Number of persons 4


  • 400 g peanut butter homemade
  • 200 ml soy milk (without sugar) or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce Manis sweet soy sauce
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 green chili or red if you like a little more spice
  • 2 cm minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste


  • Chop the onion, chili pepper, ginger and mash the garlic. Take a sauce pan and add the onion, garlic, chili pepper and ginger. Stir for about 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter and soy milk.
  • Mix all the ingredients into a thick substance. Now add the Ketjap Manis as well. If you think the sauce is too thick, pour some more soy milk or water/coconut milk whatever you like.
  • At the end, add the salt to taste.
  • Mix again and serve immediately with, for example, baguette. Also delicious with fries, potatoes from the oven, as a dip during barbecue or with vegetable burgers.