Pork Satay Recipe

grilled pork satay recipe with sweet dipping sauce

The Spruce/Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Marinating Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 33 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
729 Calories
36g Fat
22g Carbs
78g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 729
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 207mg 69%
Sodium 3440mg 150%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 78g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 1417mg 30%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

One thing that really makes this satay recipe stand out is the peanut butter. The nutty flavor mixed with the mild smokiness of the soy sauce and the sweet brown sugar combines well to form delicious morsels perfect for get-togethers. Serve as appetizers or the main dish.

“The soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and peanut butter come together as a rich and savory marinade for tender pork satay. Whether grilled over coals or gas the satays are a delicious appetizer or main dish, especially when served with a chili laced dipping sauce.” —Joan Velush

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  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin

For the Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup minced onion

  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lightly packed brown sugar

  • 1 dash Tabasco

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 to 2 medium green onions, finely chopped

  • 1 small chili, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients to make grilled pork satay recipe with sweet dipping sauce

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  2. Cut pork into 1-inch pieces and place into a resealable bag.

    cubed pork in a plastic zip bag

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  3. For the marinade, place peanut butter, onion, garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco, and oil in a blender and purée until well combined.

    pork satay marinade in a blender

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  4. Pour the marinade over the pork and toss, making sure all the pieces are coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. For best flavor, marinate 2 hours or up to overnight.

    If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning. 

    pork cubes in marinade in a plastic zip bag

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  5. Prepare a medium-high (400 F to 475 F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

    Thread pork on skewers and grill, turning occasionally until the internal temperature reaches 145 F, 6 to 8 minutes total.

    Pork satay cooking on a charcoal grill

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  6. For the dipping sauce, combine the soy sauce, water, green onions, chili, brown sugar, and fish sauce in a small bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. Serve with the grilled pork.

    sweet dipping sauce in a bowl

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