Satay is a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled or barbecued meats, served with a spicy peanut sauce.
Satay may have originated in Java or Sumatra in Indonesia but it is served all over Indonesia and has become their national dish. It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and even in the Netherlands, as Indonesia is a former Dutch colony.
Traditional satay is made with crushed roasted peanuts but most Western versions use peanut butter and we have done the same as there is less mess to clear up!
Ingredients for skewers
- 800g of chicken breast, pork or beef cut into strips or chunks
- Small piece ginger grated / chopped very finely
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs runny honey
- 1 tsp peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1 tsp each turmeric, ground coriander seeds and ground cumin
You will also need 10 wooden skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes
Ingredients for sauce
- 1 Onion
- 100g crunchy peanut butter
- 75m coconut milk
- 75ml water
- 1 or 2 fresh chillies
- 1 tsp soy sauce
Put the ginger in a large bowl with the garlic. Squeeze the lime, measure out 1 tbs and add to the bowl, along with the soy sauce, honey, spices and peanut butter. Mix well. Toss the meat in the marinade and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Fry the onion in the oil until softened, add the chilli and cook gently for a couple of minutes more. Then add the peanut butter, coconut milk, water and soy sauce. Warm gently, stirring constantly, until everything has melted together. Bring to a simmer and cook 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat, stir in 1 tsp of the leftover lime juice and set aside.
Preheat the grill to high. Weave the strips of meat onto the skewers and put on a foil-lined baking sheet. Grill for 5 minutes (around 5cm/2 in from the flame), turn and grill for a further 5 minutes, until the meat is cooked through. (Or you can cook the skewers on a Barbeque)
Carefully remove the skewers and put them to one side. Warm the sauce again if necessary and add an extra tablespoon of water if it has become too thick. Drizzle a little of the sauce over the skewers and serve the rest in a bowl, for dipping.
Serve with Basmati rice or Jasmine rice.
Tuak (Palm wine), Rice wine or Jasmine tea and Java coffee
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