How to cook Satay at home in 6 easy steps: Make Satay at home



Satay is a delicious grilled dish that originated in Indonesia and has gained popularity throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. This appetizing meal features skewered meat, which is typically marinated and served with a tasty peanut sauce. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply looking for a delightful appetizer, satay is a perfect choice(Let’s do this).

About the Dish:

Satay consists of grilled skewers of meat, such as chicken, beef, or lamb. The meat is marinated in a flavorful blend of spices, herbs, and sometimes a touch of sweetness. It is then cooked on a grill or barbecue until it becomes tender and develops a beautiful charred exterior(Let’s move forward…).

Traditionally, satay is served with a tangy peanut sauce and accompanied by cucumber slices and rice or bread.

Ingredients: For the Satay:

  • 500 grams of boneless chicken breast or thigh, thinly sliced
  • Wooden skewers (should be pre-soaked in water for 30 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (need to adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water, as needed

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a bowl, mix vegetable oil, soy sauce, fish sauce (optional), brown sugar, minced garlic, ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric powder, and a pinch of salt. Ensure the marinade is well blended.
  2. Marinate the Meat: Place the chicken strips in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to infuse the meat.
  3. Prepare the Peanut Sauce: Grind the roasted peanuts into a coarse powder using a blender or food processor. Set aside. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until golden brown. Add red chili flakes, brown sugar, soy sauce, tamarind paste, and coconut milk. Stir well to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat and let it cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground peanuts to the sauce and stir until well incorporated. If the sauce is too thick, gradually add water until you achieve the desired consistency. Season with salt according to your taste. Set aside.
  4. Skewer the Meat: Thread the marinated chicken strips onto pre-soaked wooden skewers, ensuring they are evenly distributed. Preheat your grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.
  5. Grill the Satay: Baste the satay with any remaining marinade during the grilling process to enhance the flavors. Turn the skewers occasionally to ensure even cooking. Avoid overcooking the meat to maintain its tenderness.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Once the satay is cooked to perfection, transfer them to a serving platter. Arrange them beautifully and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or mint leaves for a burst of freshness. Serve the satay alongside the prepared peanut sauce. You can also include cucumber slices and steamed rice or warm bread as accompaniments. Dip the succulent skewers into the peanut sauce, savoring the perfect blend of flavors.


By following this guide, you can easily recreate the enticing flavors of satay at home. These tender and juicy skewers, infused with aromatic spices, can be enjoyed with a creamy peanut sauce. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue party or want to impress your guests with an appetizer, homemade satay is guaranteed to tantalize their taste buds(Let’s move forward…).

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use different types of meat for satay? Absolutely! While chicken, beef, and lamb are common choices, you can also try pork, shrimp, or tofu for vegetarian options. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the meat is fully cooked.
  2. Can I make the peanut sauce in advance? Yes, you can prepare the peanut sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a few days. When reheating, add a little water to adjust the consistency.

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