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Beef Satay

Beef satay with spicy peanut sauce recipe. Beef satay is marinated overnight with spices and then grilled to perfection. Easy beef satay recipe.

Beef Satay

As I have mentioned in my Beef Panang post, I love beef, for example: mongolian beef. I also love beef satay, marinated and skwered and beef grilled ala kebabs or chicken satay. Since I am in the mood for an appetizer, I decided to use it to make some Malaysian-style beef batay.

Satay is probably Malaysia’s “King of Street Food.” It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Satay is perfect as an appetizer or snacks. The skewered meat never fails to impress, especially for those people who have never tried Malaysian street food. Serve the beef satay with a spicy peanut sauce and you have the most amazing tasting skewered meat ever, with a flavor so complex and deep that you want more with each bite.

Beef Satay

Anyway, here is my easy, authentic, and super delicious beef satay recipe, with a spicy peanut sauce for dipping. Serve the beef satay with some onion and cucumber. Take some cucumber and onion after each bite of the beef satay to refresh your palate. Trust me, it’s the most amazing combinations ever.

Malaysia is probably very far away but beef satay can be prepared at the comfort of your home. Enjoy!

Beef Satay


Malaysian Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Makes 16-20 skewers | Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


16-20 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
2 lbs beef (sirloin), cut into 1/4-inch thick, 3/4-1-inch cubes
1 small cucumber, cut into small pieces
1 red onion, cut into quarters
Malaysian rice cakes (optional), cut into bite size pieces


1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons coriander powder
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
10 shallots, peeled, cut and halved
3 cloves garlic, peeled
4 stalks lemongrass (white part only), cut into 1-inch length
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons oil
1-2 tablespoon water


Blend all the ingredients in Marinade into a smooth paste. Heat up some oil in a wok, stir-fry the Marinade until fragrant and the oil slightly separates from it. Transfer out and set aside.

Marinate the beef pieces with the Marinade overnight. Keep in the refrigerator.

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce:

5 tablespoons oil
3/4 tablespoon seedless tamarind pulp, soaked in 3 1/2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup roasted peanuts, skins removed and coarsely blended
3/4 cup water
Sugar, to taste
Salt, to taste

Spice Paste:

1 tablespoon oil
5-6 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons coriander powder
3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
3 stalks lemongrass (white part only), cut into 1-inch length
3/4-inch galangal, sliced
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3 shallots, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
salt and sugar to taste


Extract the juice from the tamarind pulp, discard the pulps. Blend the Spice Paste ingredients into a smooth paste. Add some water if needed.

Heat up the oil in a pan, stir-fry the spice paste until fragrant, turn the heat to medium-high and continue cooking until the oil slightly separates.

Add in the tamarind juice, peanuts, water, stir well and bring it to a quick boil. Cover the pan, turn the heat to low and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Add sugar and salt sugar to taste. Dish out and set aside.

Making and Cooking Beef Satay:

Make the satay skewers with 3-4 pieces of the marinated beef threaded onto each bamboo skewer. Repeat until you use up all the meat. Grill the satay over a charcoal grill or outdoor gas grill until both sides are slightly charred and the meat is cooked through.

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