This is my version of a spicy Asian pesto. It’s a fusion of Italian and Thai basil with hints of cilantro, mint, lime and Thai chili peppers. Even without cheese the ground roasted nuts (peanuts and pine nuts) in my opinion, makeup for the creaminess of the pesto. This spicy pesto makes a savory marinade for meat and fish. Next time, instead of squeezing fresh lime or lemon juice over grilled shrimp or salmon, try brushing it with this Asian pesto for a new, flavorful contrast. Can this spicy pesto be used as a condiment or spread on sandwiches? Absolutely!
Storing pesto. In a glass jar or air-tight plastic container, pesto can last up to a week in the refrigerator. Before placing pesto in the refrigerator, make sure oil has risen to the top layer. This will help act as a barrier and prolong the pesto’s life. It can also be frozen and last up to a year.