Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Daring Cooks #6 Beef Satay...

The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.
I was so happy when I saw this month's challenge. I love satay but never made it myself - which was a mistake.

Satay marinade is VERY easy and combined with peanut sauce is delicious! I used beef instead of pork and didn't use skewers, but just fried my meat on the pan. It was chilling/marinating over night (around 16 hours). Peanut sauce was simple to prepare and ideal accompaniment to the meat. I served this as a main dish with some boiled rice.

How to make it...

Satay marinade
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon ginger root, chopped (2 cm cubed)
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used peanut oil)
- 1 pound of meat
Feeling the need to make it more Thai? Try adding a dragon chili, an extra tablespoon of ginger root, and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.

Cheater alert: If you have a food processor or blender, dump in everything except the pork and blend until smooth. Lacking a food processor, I prefer to chop my onions, garlic and ginger really fine then mix it all together in a medium to large bowl. Cut your meat into 1 inch strips. Cover meat with marinade. You can place the it into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.
If using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak your skewers in warm water for at least 20 minutes before preparing skewers.
Gently and slowly slide meat strips onto skewers. Discard leftover marinade* .
Boil or grill at 290°C/550° F (or pan fry on medium-high) for 8-10 minutes or until the edges just start to char. Flip and cook another 8-10 minutes.
* If you’re grilling or broiling, you could definitely brush once with extra marinade when you flip the skewers.

Peanut sauce
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 4 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1-2 dried red chilies, chopped (keep the seeds for heat)

Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add soy sauce and lemon, mix well. Over low heat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter and your soy-lemon-seasoning mix. Mix well, stir often. All you’re doing is melting the peanut butter, so make your peanut sauce after you’ve made everything else in your meal, or make ahead of time and reheat.

Anula's notes:
Don't overheat your peanut sauce or it will split!
Serve your satay meat/tofu with the warm peanut sauce.
I highly encourage you to check other Daring Cooks blogs - as they did fantastic dishes this month! You can find them all here :)



  1. Anula, satay turned out great! It looks delicious and very tempting! The peanut sauce is smooth and perfect :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  2. it looks amazing, love the look of the plate.
    maybe I will have to try it with beef.

  3. I realize that I am supposed to comment on your satay. Problem is I just bought a tortilla press and now I see the taco in your photo header. Must be my ADD.

    Excellent work on the challenge.

  4. Your posting makes me hungry again for this wonderful recipe which is SO quick and simple and delicious. Your writing style makes the recipe sound so enciting!!! Cheers from Audax in Australia.

  5. I made beef too- very yummy.
    Yours looks great!

  6. I like your satay idea! I will definitely try beef on my next satay.

  7. That beef looks sooooo good! I want some right about now :)

  8. That is a dish I really love!



  9. yummy looking beef satay, bet they taste great too! Great job on the challenge :)

  10. Mmm... that looks so good! I love being able to see the texture of meat in pictures. What beautiful plating, too!

  11. Anula,

    Your satay and sauce look delicious! Glad you enjoyed the challenge!

  12. Your beef looks really tasty! Nice presentation.

  13. Great work on this challenge! Peanut sauce = yum, hmm what's next – veggie skewers?

  14. The beef looks succulent and tasty, well done! I'm glad you enjoyed this challenge!

  15. That looks so delicious! Beauttiful presentation Anula, great job on this challenge!

  16. Ciao Anula ! I like Your variations ! Hope you are great !!

  17. Anula, your beef satay looks delectable. I made a beef one along with the pork, and it simply lacks that visual mouth watering factor that yours has. I'm drooling..well done and beautifully presented!


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