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How to Make Beef Satay

Chef John

"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 cals
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 g fat; 19.2 g carbohydrates; 40.1 g protein; 121 mg cholesterol; 1638 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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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There was one spice that overtook this dish. I think it was the coriander (I only marinated for two hours). I may try this again

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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

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...

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 :)

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

I would rate this a 10 if possible. Another Chef John Masterpiece. I love cooking with an ingredient I have never used before, this time it was the lemongrass. This dish blew us away. Thanks aga...

AMAZING FLAVOR!!!! Chef John has done it again!!! Love it!! Made it and it was the best meat I have ever made on the grill. I always looked at sirloin as the "cheaper meat" they serve you at...

Loved the marinade. The family loved it, no leftovers!