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Vietnamese sate sauce in a white bowl with red chilies.
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vietnamese sate sauce

Vietnamese sate sauce makes a great condiment for any asian stew, soup or grilled or roasted poultry.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Vietnamese sate sauce
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1174kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, a neutral oil is key
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, hard exterior removed and coarsely chopped
  • 3-4 fresh finger hot chilies - not the crazy hot ones
  • 1-2 fresh thai hot chilies - these are the crazy hot ones
  • 1 Tbsp dried crushed red chili
  • 2-3 tsp white sugar, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup sriracha sauce
  • salt to taste


  • Using a small food processor chop the garlic, shallot, lemongrass and chilies separately. You want the chilies and lemongrass to be pretty finely chopped. Set the lemongrass and chilies aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 10 minutes. It should bubble lightly. You don't want it to colour though. Be careful.
  • Once the garlic has cooked for 10 minutes, add the shallots and cook for another 10 minutes. Watch closely. Burning is bad.
  • After 20 minutes add the lemongrass and cook another 10 minutes or so.
  • Once the lemongrass has cooked about 10 minutes add the fresh, chopped red chilies and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the crushed chilies and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the fish sauce and sugar. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Mix in the sriracha sauce. Taste and adjust for salt.


This sate sauce will keep in the fridge for a month or more. Use it in asian stews, soups or mix it with a bit of mayonnaise and use it in sandwiches.
If you want it even milder leave out the Thai chilies altogether.


Serving: 10servings | Calories: 1174kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 111g | Saturated Fat: 89g | Sodium: 4450mg | Potassium: 1333mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 5725IU | Vitamin C: 315.9mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4.9mg