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questions about canyon ranch thai peanut sauce recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
Pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon evaporated cane juice
1 tablespoon light coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger juice
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari sauce

so this is the recipe

my question is what is the point of the "fish sauce" what kind of flavor will that add.. can i leave it out...
any suggests for a peanut sauce you love?

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ElsaSalsaaa

Asked by ElsaSalsaaa at 9:38 PM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Food & Drink

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Answers (4)
  • It will give it a hint of something extra...plus a lot of salt/sodium.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Fish sauce adds a salty flavor, as well as a slight "fish" taste. Its needed to balance out the sweetness of the peanut butter. You may be able to substitute soy sauce, but I've never tried that myself. If you leave it out, I would increase the sea salt, and maybe add a bit more tabasco.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 9:48 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • do not leave it out. This is a recipe that has been scaled down for home use. I am sure they make it in a larger quantity. You can double it too. fish sauce keeps well in the frdge and adds sprk and depth to some recipes. the coconut milk wil freeze well, You can use it in place of water when making rice ( I also add spinnach at the end when I make this ) You can use agave nectar in place of cane juice or even sugar or corn syrup. Ginger will keep in the fridge a few weeks or frozen too.
    chefjen

    Answer by chefjen at 10:58 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Pasta with Finger-Licking Peanut Sauce
    1/2 cup low or no sodium vegetable broth
    1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (I use smooth)
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
    2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic (add to taste, it is pretty spicey)
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    8 ounces uncooked whole wheat angel hair
    1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed (optional)
    1 cup (2-inch) sliced green onions
    1 cup shredded carrot
    Combine first 8 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until smooth, stirring frequently (this can also be done in the microwave; use a tempered glass bowl, like pyrex, cook for 20 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth). Remove from heat. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add tofu, onions, and carrot; drain. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture; toss g
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:07 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

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