How To Make Satay

Satay [sah -TAY] or saté  is a popular snack and appetizer, consisting of skewered pieces of meat, usually beef or chicken, which are grilled and then served with a spicy peanut sauce.

Often times called street food, because it’s sold by almost every street vendor in Southeast Asia amongst fierce competition, this delicacy is synonym to shish kebab in Turkey, yakitori in Japan, brochettes in France and kabobs in the U.S.

4 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and 1 tablespoon sauce)


  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, 1/2 inch long
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. tamarind, dissolved in 1 tbsp.
  • warm water
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. peanut oil
  • (bamboo) skewers

Step 1

With a mortar and pestle, food processor, or blender, combine coriander, garlic, salt, brown sugar, and tamarind.

Step 2

Place steak cubes in a medium bowl and add the spice mixture. Use your fingers to rub the spices into the meat. Set meat in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3

In a wide, shallow dish, mix soy sauce, water, and peanut oil.

Step 4

Place 3-4 pieces of marinated meat on each skewer and dip the meat into the soy sauce mixture.

Step 5

Broil meat over a charcoal fire or under the broiler of the oven. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Serve with peanut sauce.

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for about 1 hour before using to prevent them from burning.
  • The tamarind acts as a powerful tenderizer, making even very chewy meat tender.


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