Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beef Satay

Beef Satay or Sate (BBQ Beef Skewers)
The Arabs introduced kebabs to Indonesia in the 19th century, evolving to the satay we know today. The Indonesian satay consists of grilled diced or sliced skewered meats, traditionally beef or chicken.
Try Filipino-Style: Filipinos add 2-3 cups of 7-Up or Sprite to our beef marinade to help inject sweetness and help tenderize your meats.
Makes 20-25 Skewers


2 lbs beef fillet
2 tbsp ginger, minced
1 cup onion, minced
1 large onion, cut in wedges (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Bamboo skewers (soaked in water)
Serve with peanut sauce, sliced onions and cucumbers
Did You Know: Satay may have originated in Indonesia but it has become popular in other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

1. Cut meat into 1 inch cubes or strips, 3 inches long and 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate until ready.

2. Combine all ingredients, except for large onion cut in wedges, in blender, and puree until smooth. Pour over meat, and mix to coat evenly. Marinate at least 1 hour or overnight.

3. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 2-3 hours so they don't burn on the grill. Thread 4 to 5 pieces of meat on each water-soaked skewer, placing a slice of onion wedge between each piece of meat.

4. Preheat BBQ or grill until hot. Place Satay skewers on grill until done, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Baste occasionally with marinade during cooking. Serve immediately with spicy peanut sauce, slivers of onions and cucumbers.
Did You Know: Spanish explorers introduced peanuts to Indonesia in the 16th century, which became a staple in the Indonesian cuisine. Indonesians then created their own peanut sauce by crushing and roasting the nuts with other Indonesian spices.


  1. Totally awesome! I love this weeks 'Did You Know'! I had no clue the Spanish explorers introduced peanuts.

  2. I love the peanut sauce, but what if you have allergies? What is your second choice of sauce for the Satay Skewers?

  3. Hey Candice, My kids love peanut butter and honey sandwiches.. so to entice them to eat the Skewers, I substituted sugar with Honey and they loved it! Keep up the amazming work. I love reading your blog. - Daisy Rickshaw, Alabama.

  4. I would like to share this recipe on my facebook account, however I know you're busy creating masterpieces and trying to live a healthy life with your amazing BF.. but! Can you please add a 'Share' option for facebook and other blogs?

  5. Hi Jaeger Mah, good question about a peanut sauce alternative, especially if you're allergic to peanuts. I would recommend sweet & sour sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce, both taste great on BBQ beef and can be easily found in most grocery stores.

  6. Hi Guy Fieri, that's another good question. I will look into adding the "share" option to Facebook and other social media sites. Stay tuned...