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Paleo satay sauce recipe

Paleo Satay Sauce with Cashews

  • Author: Irena Macri | Eat Drink Paleo
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Malaysian/Thai


This delicious paleo satay sauce is made with roasted cashews instead of peanuts. It’s more mellow but is still deliciously sweet, pungent and aromatic.


  • 3 small red chillies, deseeded and roughly diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly diced
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, outer layer removed and roughly diced
  • 3 small shallots, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 cups unsalted, raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 150ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos sauce (or 2 1/2 tbsp Tamari wheat free soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • You will need a food processor or a large mortar and pestle, and/or a blender


Process chillies, garlic, lemongrass and shallots to a smooth paste in a food processor or use a mortar and pestle to grind all ingredients together.How to make paleo satay sauce

Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan. Add the ground paste and fry for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. The mixture will start caramelising and browning slightly.

Meanwhile, heat another frying pan over medium heat and toast cashew nuts for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. You will be stirring the nuts and the mixture in parallel.

Making satay sauce with cashews

Add turmeric and curry powder to the mix and stir through for 20 seconds to release the aromas. Add one cup of water to the cooking paste and bring to boil.

Grind toasted cashews into crumbs using a food processor. Add to the cooking mixture together with coconut milk, lime juice, coconut aminos and fish sauce. Bring to boil and then bring the heat down to simmer. Cook for 5 minutes and add honey, a good pinch of salt (about 2/3 teaspoon) and another half a cup of water. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently as the mixture will start thickening and caramelising. Take off the heat and transfer to a blender to further process into a smooth paste, add a little more water if needed.

Paleo satay sauce consistency

Store the sauce in the fridge in a clean, airtight jar. It will thicken in the fridge, so reheat with a little water when using again.


This recipe makes about three cups of the sauce, which you’re obviously not going to devour in one sitting unless feeding a crowd. Store in an airtight container or a sterilised jar in a fridge for a week or two. You can also use it with some grilled or steamed vegetables (think Indonesian Gado Gado dish) or with fish or prawns.

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