A quick and easy recipe for this famous Southeast-Asia dish of beef in a creamy peanut sauce.


  • Beef Satay

  • 750 g rump steak

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp ground fennel

  • Finely grated rind of half lemon

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • I tsp sugar

  • 4 tsp thick coconut milk

  • Chilli and Peanut Sauce

  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

  • 10 large dried red chillies

  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • ½ tsp dried shrimp paste (blacan)

  • 3 tbsp coconut or peanut oil

  • 3 tbsp tamarind liquid

  • 1 tsp salt

  • I cup thick coconut milk

  • 1 tbsp palm sugar


  • Beef Satay:

  • 1.

    Cut beef into small cubes, about 2 cm. Combine turmeric, cumin, fennel, lemon rind, salt, sugar and coconut milk in a bowl and stir to dissolve sugar.

  • 2.

    Add beef and mix well, cover and leave to marinate for at least 2hrs.

  • 3.

    Thread on bamboo skewers that have been soaked in cold water for a few hours, putting about 5 pieces on the end of each skewer and

  • 4.

    Leaving at least half the skewer uncovered. Grill until beef is well done and crisp and brown on all sides.

  • Chilli and Peanut Sauce:

  • 1.

    Crush the peanuts roughly and reserve aside, pour boiling water over the dry chillies and soak them for 20 minutes.

  • 2.

    Blend the soaked chilli and about 2 tablespoons of the soaking water, the onion, garlic and blacan

  • 3.

    Blend until a smooth paste. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the blended mixture over medium heat,

  • 4.

    Stirring constantly, until it darkens in colour and the onion and garlic begin to colour.

  • 5.

    Remove from heat. Stir in the tamarind liquid, salt, coconut milk and sugar and transfer to a bowl to cool.

  • 6.

    When sauce has cooled stir in the peanuts so they retain their crunchiness.

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Posted by Angela165Report
I have tried this and it's yummy. I couldn't find shrimp paste so I didn't use any and use tamarind paste instead of the liquid and it still turned out great. Also used brown sugar instead of palm sugar and everything still went find. I didn't soak any chilli I just used chilli flakes.
Posted by SilkReport
also - the lemon rind, for the marinade, on the show, was actually lime rind (I know a good proof reader!)
Posted by SilkReport
Hi Angela - I agree - watched the show twice too! - am trying this recipe tonight using chicken as well as beef since I have a non-steak eater in the house. :-)
Posted by Angela165Report
Just so everyone is aware I think the Chilli & Peanut Sauce are missing the ingredients of the tumeric, cumin & fennel which was also used in the marinade, I added the same amount as the marinade into the blend mixture and it turned out delicious. I remembered it as I had seen the show for this recipe twice.