Ingredients: For the satay marinade:

  • 1 pound chicken, beef, or lamb, cut into small strips or cubes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Water (as needed to adjust consistency)
  • Salt to taste

For serving:

  • Cucumber slices
  • Onion slices


  1. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, vegetable oil, brown sugar, ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric powder, minced garlic, minced lemongrass, and lime juice to create the satay marinade.
  2. Add the chicken, beef, or lamb to the marinade and mix well. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce. In a blender or food processor, grind the roasted peanuts until they resemble a coarse powder.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and shallot, and sauté until fragrant and golden.
  5. Add the ground peanuts, tamarind paste, brown sugar, soy sauce, and coconut milk to the saucepan. Stir well to combine.
  6. Cook the sauce over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes. Add water as needed to adjust the consistency to your preference.
  7. Season the peanut sauce with salt to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Preheat the grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.
  9. Thread the marinated meat onto skewers. Grill the skewers for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through and slightly charred.
  10. Serve the satay skewers with the peanut sauce, cucumber slices, and onion slices.

Satay is a popular street food in Malaysia and is often enjoyed as an appetizer or main course. It’s best eaten fresh and hot off the grill, dipped in the flavorful peanut sauce.

Enjoy the authentic flavors of Malaysian Satay!



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