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How to Make Beef Satay

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"With grilling season still in full swing, you can never have enough new and exciting ways to enjoy beef. This is the main course-size version of a fabulous Thai appetizer, strips of beef marinated in Asian spices, skewered, and grilled for a truly amazing combination of flavors. I think you should try this very soon."
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2 h 30 m servings 484
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 skewers)


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  1. Place ginger, garlic, onion, brown sugar, fish sauce, vegetable oil, soy sauce, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl; whisk into a smooth marinade.
  2. Bruise lemon grass by hitting it lightly several times with the back of a large chef's knife; mince the lemon grass and add to the marinade.
  3. Cut beef sirloin into strips about 2 1/2 inches long and 1/8 inch thick. Thoroughly mix the beef into marinade until all beef strips are completely coated, about 1 minute. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Remove beef from marinade and shake off excess marinade. Thread 1/4 the meat onto each metal skewer.
  6. Arrange skewers on the preheated grill and cook until the meat stops sticking to the grill, about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip skewers over onto other side and cook until meat is well browned and shows grill marks, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn onto first side again and cook until meat is still slightly pink, 2 more minutes. Transfer to a platter and let skewers rest about 2 more minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 484 calories; 26.8 19.2 40.1 121 1638 Full nutrition

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Initially I used chicken and it was excellent, so then I tried it using beef but I made the mistake of marinating it for too long :( I will certainly make it again however this time I will lis...

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This was my first attempt at grilling thin strips of skewered meat. Chef John's technique is spot on. That said, there were problems along the way. By the time I got a good sear on all sides ...

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Initially I used chicken and it was excellent, so then I tried it using beef but I made the mistake of marinating it for too long :( I will certainly make it again however this time I will lis...

My whole family loved this recipe - including my picky little eaters. So flavorful and tasty. Served with brown rice and broccoli - a perfect meal.

Easy and very good. Great for summer bbq

I've got a couple of kids that as soon as you put an exotic name to a dish, they won't try it. This however, got them. This really is easy to make and so amazing. The depth of flavor in the b...

How exciting! My rents are picky eaters to Asian style not Chinese. They enjoyed it very much and requested that I store this recipe. Thank you for helping break the cultural barrier :)

I found this to be a delightful recipe. Easy to make, delicious tasting. (Keep that beef rare to medium-rare, though!)

Just wonderful. Melt in your mouth delicious. Could not find lemongrass in my rural area, would love to try it with it someday. Otherwise made it just as written. served with a peanut dipping s...

Have made now at least 3 times , perfect every time. everyone asks for the recipe so be prepared!

This beef satay was awesome! I had marinaded the meat the night before. And then had unexpected company for dinner so I turned the all beef skewers into kabobs adding thick slices of peppers, o...