|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 46g||59%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||60%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 20g|
|Vitamin C 22mg||108%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Satay is popular throughout Southeast Asia, and this Thai satay recipe offers a traditional taste of the succulent grilled meat dish. It's an excellent choice for a barbecue but can also be broiled in the oven, and satay makes a great party appetizer.
To make satay at home, you'll marinate strips of chicken or beef in a flavorful combination of lemongrass, garlic, chiles, galangal, and a few spices. Soy sauce and fish sauce, along with brown sugar, give the marinade a sweet-salty foundation that adds to its intrigue. Once marinated, the meat is skewered and grilled, then served with a homemade peanut sauce and jasmine rice.
The marinade can be adjusted to taste. You can also try the recipe with strips of pork, and there's a vegetarian satay that's equally irresistible.
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For the Marinade:
1/4 cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen
2 shallots, or 1/4 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 to 2 fresh red chiles, sliced, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
1 thumb-size piece galangal, or ginger, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons cumin
3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons fish sauce
6 tablespoons brown sugar (you need all of this)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Meat:
8 boneless chicken thighs, cut into small, thin pieces
Peanut dipping sauce, for serving
Cooked jasmine rice, for serving
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Make the marinade by placing the lemongrass, shallots, garlic, chiles, galangal or ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and oil in a food processor or chopper. Process well.
Taste-test the marinade. You should taste sweet, spicy, and salty; sweet and salty should be the strongest flavors. Add more sugar or fish sauce (in place of salt) to adjust the taste. You also can add more chile if you want it spicier.
Cut beef or chicken into small pieces or strips—thinner is better.
Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the marinade over the top (reserve some marinade if you want it for basting). Stir well to combine. Marinate for at least 2 hours (or up to 24 hours).
When ready to cook, thread the meat onto wooden skewers. Fill up to 3/4 of the skewer, leaving the lower half empty as a "handle" to easily turn the satay.
Grill the satay, basting the first time you turn it with a little of the reserved marinade from the bowl. Depending on how thin your meat is, the satay should be done in 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve with Thai jasmine rice and Thai peanut sauce for dipping. For extra special occasions, serve with Thai coconut rice.
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.
- According to the USDA's food safety guidelines, marinade that comes in contact with raw meat should not be reused for basting. To avoid contamination, keep a portion of the marinade refrigerated separately from the meat and use that as a baste while cooking.
- To broil satay, place the prepared skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet about three inches below the broiler. Broil for about 5 minutes on each side, basting if desired, or until cooked through.
Do Wooden Skewers Need to Be Soaked Before Grilling?
When using wooden skewers, soak them before you adding the meat to ensure that the skewers don't catch fire and burn. To soak the skewers, place them in a container large enough to hold them. Cover with water and let soak for at least 20 minutes, and up to 4 hours. Drain well, thread on the meat, and grill.