Java Style Beef Sate

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I've had a couple cooking lessons in Bali, my part time home. This is something I learned to make - it is so good - make it a party and try something different!

Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
8 skewers


  • 1 head garlic, peeled

  • 5 shallots, chopped

  • 1 (1 inch) piece galangal, thinly sliced

  • 8 red chile peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts

  • 1 teaspoon belacan shrimp paste

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar

  • 1 beef bouillon cube

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons kecap manis

  • 6 makrut lime leaves, thinly sliced

  • 32 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 15 minutes


  1. In a mortar with a pestle, mash together the garlic, shallots, galangal, chile peppers, and macadamia nuts into a fine paste. Add the shrimp paste and oil, continue mashing until incorporated. Place the paste into a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir the beef into the sauce and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour in the water, palm sugar, bouillon cube, and salt. Simmer until the water has evaporated, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the kecap manis and lime leaves, then spread the beef out on a baking sheet or large dish, and allow to cool until cool enough to handle.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate. Remove the beef cubes from the tray, and thread onto skewers, reserve any leftover sauce for basting.

  4. Cook on preheated grill for a few minutes until slightly browned; baste occasionally with the leftover sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
30g Fat
18g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1374mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 70mg 348%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 610mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.