Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

Beef Satay is a Southeast Asian dish of strips of beef threaded onto a skewer and served with a smooth and spicy peanut sauce.

beef satay skewers with sauce and cucumbers

Popular throughout Southeast Asia and Indonesia, satay is strips of skewered, grilled meat eaten with a fragrant dipping sauce. This recipe of grilled beef satays is an appetizer, but it can be adapted to be a wonderful meal served with brown rice and a refreshing cucumber salad (recipe below).

The peanut sauce goes well with many Asian dishes so be sure to make extra sauce!

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Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

This recipe is adapted from Emeril Laggasse
Author: Jurga


Beef Strips

  • 2 pounds flank or sirloin steak, trimmed and cut against the grain into strips about 2 1/2″ long and 1/4″ thick
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 10-12 wooden skewers

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon thai fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped peanuts, toasted

Marinated Cucumbers

  • english cucumber, Peeled if you prefer and sliced into 1/8″ thick slices
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, to taste
  • pinch of salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional


Beef Strips

  • In a medium-sized glass bowl, add beef and teriyaki sauce and gently stir.
  • Add the ginger and garlic to the bowl and stir to blend.
  • Refrigerate and marinate for 2-4 hours.
  • Soak the wooden skewers in water for about an hour.
  • Preheat a gas grill on high heat.
  • Lightly oil the grates with wrapped paper towels soaked with vegetable oil.
  • Drain the beef from the marinade and shake off excess marinade.
  • Thread several slices of the meat onto each skewer, loosely packed.
  • Place the skewers on the grill and cook until the meat shows grill marks and stops sticking to the grill, about 2 minutes.
  • Flip skewers over onto the other side and cook until the meat is browned. Do not overcook.
  • Transfer to a platter and let skewers rest about 2 more minutes before serving.

Peanut Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients (except cilantro and peanuts) in a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended.
  • Place the sauce in a serving bowl and garnish with the cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Marinated Cucumbers

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
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Beef Satay and Peanut Sauce recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse.

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  1. Jurga | 31st May 16

    Thanks Jenny! The recipe works great with chicken as well.

  2. Jenny | 30th May 16

    This was a big hit at a party this weekend. Delicious! All the guests loved it.

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