Rating: 4.75 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

I'm not exactly sure how much pork satay they eat in Penang, but I'm confident that your average pork-loving Malaysian would enjoy this explosive combination of flavors. Use a fairly large chunk of pork, because it doesn't take long to develop that beautifully brown, crusty exterior on the grill. Or in a broiler turned to high. Or in the oven at 500 degrees! Serve over rice with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
2 1/2 pounds pork satay
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place fresh turmeric in a food processor along with powdered turmeric. Add ginger, shallot, garlic, brown sugar, ancho chili powder, coriander, chipotle, cayenne, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, tamarind paste, and cilantro. Blend into a fine paste.

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  • Cut pork into 1 1/2-inch cubes, trimming off fat as needed. Place pork in a bowl; season with salt. Pour in the marinade. Mix and massage pork with your hands until completely coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 18 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Thread pork through skewers so the pieces are touching but not squished together. Reserve leftover marinade.

  • Grill skewers, brushing on reserved marinade, until pork just starts to firm up but is still slightly pink in the center, about 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

Substitute 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric for the fresh kind, if you like.

Use any kind of chili powder you prefer.

A satay marinade usually gets a splash of coconut milk, which adds sweetness and apparently helps tenderize the meat, but I think it's perfectly fine without.

You can use bamboo skewers instead. Just soak them in water beforehand.

Get the recipe for Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Nutrition Facts

153 calories; protein 10.3g; carbohydrates 8.1g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 35.6mg; sodium 897.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2019
I made this according to the recipe. It turned out delicious. I maybe let it marinate a little too long (24 hours), so the flavors were strong. Served it with a peanut sauce, coconut rice, and cucumber salad. Highly recommended. Read More
(5)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2019
I made this according to the recipe. It turned out delicious. I maybe let it marinate a little too long (24 hours), so the flavors were strong. Served it with a peanut sauce, coconut rice, and cucumber salad. Highly recommended. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2019
Made this on a cast iron and used satay-sized bamboo skewers instead of on the grill. Turned out perfect! Served with satay peanut sauce and the usual satay sides of smashed rice, cucumber and onion. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2020
We made these skewers, opting to forego the peanut sauce and they were... AMAZING! Wouldn't change a thing on the recipe. We cooked them in the broiler given the show outside, but they were tender and very flavorful. We love Chef John at our house, so this was a natural fit. As the kids are fond of saying... "and as always, ENJOY!" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2019
Delicious! I opted for pork that was labeled carnitas. I didn't want to buy an 8 lb. pork butt/shoulder. The meat came out really tender after using the baking option. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
Brought my husband to tears...such a great recipe! I did add the coconut milk to the marinade since I knew I would have it left from the peanut dipping sauce recipe.I have already sent the recipe to my daughter and sister. Wonderful!!! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2020
Chef John does it again! This was amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2020
My dad loved it! My mom was Asian, too! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2019
Delicious but however we did it...it was WAYYYY too salty and we could barely eat it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2020
This was really good and flavorful...but I combined with my favorite spicy Thai peanut sauce from this website and the two together were almost too spicy. I could not find the ancho chills powder...and so substituted half aleppo Chilli powder and regular chili powder. This might have accounted for more of the heat. But I will definitely find the ancho and try this one again. Read More