Beef Satay with
Peanut Dipping Sauce

Satay has origins in Indonesia and refers to skewered, grilled meat served with a sauce. Peanut sauce is the perfect complement to juicy, marinated steak grilled to perfection. If this recipe doesn’t get you drooling, it might be time to check your pulse.

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Serves About 10 skewers
 3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
 1 small onion, chopped
 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
 1 tablespoon ground coriander
 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground  turmeric
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons cilantro, plus extra sprigs for garnish
Grilling and Serving
1  pound skirt steak, trimmed, halved and cut cross grain into 4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide by 1/4 inch thick*
 ~  10-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
 1  recipe Peanut Dipping Sauce

*Have your butcher cut the satay meat—it’s much easier and saves time later.



  1. Place lime juice, onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and cilantro in blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade into a spacious bowl. Add meat and stir to coat.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Remove meat from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Thread several strips of meat on each skewer leaving approximately one inch  of space at the top and bottom. Stack on a plate.

Grilling and Serving

Oil a grill pan for step 2.

  1. Heat a gas grill with a low–medium flame.
  2. Place the satays in an oiled grill pan with the bare portions of the skewers set away from the direct heat.
  3. Grill for 2–5 minutes until just beginning to crisp. Flip and grill another 2–5 minutes.NOTE: Grilling time ultimately depends on the size and thickness of your meat and the heat of the grill. Satays should feel firm to the touch once cooked through.
  4. Remove from grill and let rest 2–3 minutes.
  5. Stack satays on a platter and serve with Peanut Dipping Sauce.
  6. Decorate with sprigs of cilantro for garnish.
Preparation Time: 
40 minutes, plus marinating time (2 hours–overnight)