Vietnamese Chili Satay Sauce Recipe (Ớt Sa Tế)

Talking about satay sauce, of course, you will imagine thick spices with a mixture of nuts that are creamy and tasty.  However, Ot Sa Te, or Vietnamese satay sauce is a bit different from what you described earlier.

Vietnamese Chili Satay Sauce (Ớt Sa Tế)
Illustration: Ớt Sa Tế (youtube/Hungry Wanderlust)

Ot sa te when compared to peanut satay sauce, you could say it's even more similar to chili oil with the addition of some aromatic spices such as lemongrass and galangal.

Not only used as a satay sauce but ot sa te can also be used as a dipping sauce, flavoring in soups or stir-fries.  Its spicy, oily, and aromatic taste can create a dish that can make your tongue dance when you enjoy it.

Very versatile, this Vietnamese satay seasoning is highly recommended for you spicy lovers.  The full recipe can be seen below, yes!

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  •  1/2 cup dry cayenne pepper
  •  3 large chilies (green or red)
  •  1 tbsp paprika or chili powder
  •  2 knuckles galangal
  •  5 stalks of lemongrass
  •  8 cloves of garlic
  •  6 shallots
  •  1 tbsp sugar
  •  150 ml cooking oil
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

How to make:

Step 1:

Clean the lemongrass, galangal, and chilies, then chop the lemongrass, galangal, and chilies.

Step 2:

Put the pieces of lemon grass, galangal, and large chili into a blender or chopper.  Add garlic, shallots, and dry cayenne pepper.  Puree all the ingredients, you don't need to be too smooth with the texture of the chilies and others still being felt.

Step 3:

Sauté the ground spices over medium heat then stir so that the heat is distributed evenly.  Add paprika powder, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste, and stir well.

For the sauce to become homogeneous and not too sticky, you can add a little water and then stir-fry until the spices become fragrant and look a bit crispy.

Vietnamese Chili Lemongrass Satay Sauce (Ớt Sa Tế)
Illustration: Ớt Sa Tế (youtube/Hungry Wanderlust)

You can use the finished Vietnamese satay sauce as a spread for various dishes, not only satays, such as grilled squid, noodle soup, or even fried rice.

For storage, you can put the Vietnamese satay sauce in a closed container like a mini jar or something like that.  Even though it can last a few days at room temperature, you can store the satay sauce in the refrigerator so that it can be used for about 1 month.

Those of you who like super spicy dishes like this Vietnamese satay sauce.  The reason is that you can make various kinds of preparations with a spicy taste that kicks well with these spices.  So, what are you waiting for, create Vietnamese satay sauce with your favorite preparations!

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