This recipe is super simple and can be adapted for lots of different veg. I made this last week & it was a big hit with my family. As we have cauliflower in all the veg boxes I thought this would be a good week to share it.
Satay sauce is an Asian peanut sauce often used for dipping skewers into but it works with lots of vegetables, hot or cold and is a great thing to have in the fridge. There’s a lot of different ways to make satay sauce and it can be really complex with lots of ingredients depending which region the recipe comes from. This recipe is the absolute basic so you can add other ingredients if you wish or just enjoy its nutty, salty simplicity.
Ingredients (serves 2-4)
1 large cauliflower
15g coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
3-4 tbsp soy sauce
40g peanut butter (crunchy or smoooth)
4 spring onions
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 large clove garlic (crushed)
1 fresh chilli (or sriracha/hot sauce)
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees
Break down the cauliflower into florets & spread in a roasting tin so they are not touching. This allows the air to circulate as they cook & they will be crispy. Roast for 15 minutes.
When using cauliflower you can eat every part of it so dont be afraid to roast the stalk as well. The leaves can be cooked like cabbage
Check whether the cauliflower is cooked – this is something of a personal preference. I like mine to be crispy and brown and still with a bit of bite in the stalk. Cauliflowers vary in their texture though so there are no hard and fast rules about how long to roast them for.
If it’s almost cooked sprinkle about a tablespoon of soy sauce over it & back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes
Meanwhile make the satay sauce. Finely slice the spring onions and add the white part to a small saucepan along with the coconut oil, ginger, garlic & chilli.
Fry this on a medium heat for a few minutes until the ingredients are softened and smell cooked. Add the peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and a splash of water. Stir and bring everything together and keep adding water until the mixture becomes a thick sauce – like the texture of
Taste for seasoning and add more soy if needed. If the chilli is too hot for your taste add a little sugar (about 1tsp) to calm it down.
Check that the cauliflower is cooked as you like it & to serve just drizzle the satay over the roasted cauliflower and garnish with the green part of the spring onions.
The satay sauce will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks if you don’t use it all. It makes a great dipping sauce for raw veggies, veg or meat skewers or a stir fry sauce or base for a Massaman style curry