Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Product Review: San-J Thai Peanut Sauce

This peanut sauce by the San-J company caught my eye on the grocery store shelf because it had gluten-free emblazoned across the front of it's label- no eye strain from label reading! I love it when companies make my life easier. San-J's Thai Peanut Sauce is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (speaking of organizations that make life easier!) and the company produces several other GF sauces, including teriyaki and Asian BBQ.
I paired the Thai Peanut Sauce with one of my favorite naturally GF foods: Thai Spring Rolls and found it an interesting diversion from my usual peanut sauce selection. It didn't have quite enough peanut flavor for my taste, but I enjoyed the contrast between the tamarind soy sauce and the spring roll's flavors. I think it would be excellent with chicken and plan to experiment more soon.

Thai Spring Rolls
  • Rice paper
  • Rice Noodles
  • Carrots, grated or thinly slices
  • Scallions, sliced
  • Lettuce, thingly sliced
  • Fresh mint, chopped
  • Cooked shrimp with tails removed
This is a simple and versatile dish, feel free to experiment with ingredient combinations. Chopped chicken, tofu or tempeh can be substituted for the shrimp and basil also works nicely in the place of the fresh mint. This is my favorite combination: the fresh, crisp vegetables, bright mint and shrimp taste like spring to me.

To make a roll (or packet, to actually describe what they look like), follow the package directions to wet the rice paper. A plate with a small amount of water works well for this task. In the center of the rice paper, pile the rice noodles, shrimp, carrot, onion, lettuce and mint. Roll or fold together- whatever works best for you. Serve with warmed peanut sauce and enjoy!


  1. I absolutely agree with you. I tried this GF peanut sauce and the peanut flavor was really weak- I ended up boosting it with real peanut butter, at which point you might as well just make your own. It's tasty if you're not using it as a straight dipping sauce, probably- I will also experiment more with it as a marinade.


  2. I literally bought rice paper yesterday! Crazy!


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