Daring Cooks: SATAY


The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

One of our favorite dishes, served as appetizers at our parties and often enjoyed as a main meal for two. I make homemade peanut sauce similar to the one given by our host (recipe below).  Which I also use as a marinade for either the pork, chicken, beef or lamb pieces.  Sometimes I make an almond version substituting toasted almonds.  For this challenge, I made pork satay using the marinade provided but with a little bit more crushed chili pepper since we like it really spicy hot when it comes to our satay! I served it with turmeric basmati rice and a simple steamed vegetables.  Yummy!!!! You might be interested in trying a version I made for the Royal Foodie Joust which is a ground turkey on asparagus.


Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

Satay Marinade

  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 T ginger root, chopped (optional) (2 cm cubed)
  • 2 T lemon juice (1 oz or 30 mls)
  • 1 T soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (5 mls)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin (5 mls)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (2-2.5 mls)
  • 2 T vegetable oil (or peanut or olive oil) (30 mls)
  • 1 pound of pork (loin or shoulder cuts) (16 oz or 450g)


1a. Cheater alert: If you have a food processor or blender, dump in everything except the pork and blend until smooth. Lacking a food processor, I prefer to chop my onions, garlic and ginger really fine then mix it all together in a medium to large bowl.
2a. Cut pork into 1 inch strips.

3a. Cover pork with marinade. You can place the pork into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.

4. If using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak your skewers in warm water for at least 20 minutes before preparing skewers.
5. Gently and slowly slide meat strips onto skewers. Discard leftover marinade.*
6. Broil or grill at 290°C/550° F (or pan fry on medium-high) for 8-10 minutes or until the edges just start to char. Flip and cook another 8-10 minutes.

* If you’re grilling or broiling, you could definitely brush once with extra marinade when you flip the skewers.


Faster (cheaper!) marinade:

  • 2 T vegetable oil (or peanut or olive oil) (1 oz or 30 mls)
  • 2 T lemon juice (1 oz or 30 mls)
  • 1 T soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
  • 1 tsp ginger powder (5 mls)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (5 mls)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (5 mls)

1b. Mix well.
2b. Cut pork into 1 inch thick strips (2-2.5 cm thick), any length.
3b. Cover pork with marinade. You can place the pork into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.


Peanut Sauce

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (6 oz or 180 mls)
  • 4 Tbsp peanut butter (2 oz or 60 mls)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (5 mls)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (2.5 mls)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander (2.5 mls)
  • 1-2 dried red chilies, chopped (keep the seeds for heat)


1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add soy sauce and lemon, mix well.
2. Over low heat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter and your soy-lemon-seasoning mix. Mix well, stir often.
3. All you’re doing is melting the peanut butter, so make your peanut sauce after you’ve made everything else in your meal, or make ahead of time and reheat.


Thanks, Cuppy, for an awesome and delicious challenge!

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» cuppy said: { Jan 14, 2010 - 05:01 }

Oh wow! These are amazing! Your photos are soooo awesome, I’m jealous. ;o

I clicked on the ground turkey on asparagus link, too, and I’m positively blown away. ^_^

» TeenieCakes said: { Jan 14, 2010 - 09:01 }

Looks absolutely delicious! Nice work on your Daring Cooks’ Challenge!

» Audax Artifex said: { Jan 14, 2010 - 09:01 }

You sure know how to satay meat it looks so so so delicious and well done that you have your own recipe. Lovely pixs. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

» wic said: { Jan 15, 2010 - 01:01 }

absolutely divine looking food. this makes me want to cook some more satay. great job with this challenge.

» mamatkamal said: { Jan 15, 2010 - 02:01 }

Your satay look perfect. Bravo!

» jo said: { Jan 15, 2010 - 02:01 }

Great job on your challenge and everything looks so yummilicious. Love your pictures and presentation of the satays.

» penny aka jeroxie said: { Jan 15, 2010 - 05:01 }

Nice work! Looks really good too. And I love this month’s challenge

» Balise said: { Jan 15, 2010 - 06:01 }

Very nice pictures – looks delicious! Love your reference to your other post – I think the asparagus and almonds are brilliant!

» wasabi prime said: { Jan 16, 2010 - 08:01 }

Yum — what a delicious dish! I love all the ingredients here. So fresh and flavorful!

» marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said: { Jan 17, 2010 - 05:01 }

These skewers look awesome. I am very tempted by the idea of toasted almonds. Hmmmmm.

» Alta said: { Jan 17, 2010 - 06:01 }

Yum! Love the idea with the almonds. And I LOVE your plate. It’s gorgeous.

» Wolf said: { Jan 20, 2010 - 06:01 }

Lovely tray you served your satay on! It all looks delicious

» Nadine said: { Jan 25, 2010 - 01:01 }

Looks fabulous – on the menu for this week. Thanks for all the “cheat tips”…Nadine

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