Beef satay are a great appetizer to serve at parties as they make a delicious and mess-free finger food.
Tender strips of sirloin are marinated for at least 2 hours in a fragrant blend of coconut milk, curry powder, cilantro (coriander) and fish sauce.
The satay can be grilled on the barbecue or fried in a frying pan. They are served with a simple peanut sauce for dipping. I also like to serve an accompaniment of cucumber and shallots which really compliments the flavors of the tender beef.
- 400 grams of sirloin steak
- MARINADE MIXTURE
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 Tbsp of curry powder
- 1 Tbsp of sugar
- 2 Tbsp of finely cilantro leaves (coriander)
- 2 Tbsp of Thai fish sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp of vegetable oil
- Special equipment: bamboo skewers, soaked in water and a brush for glazing
- SATAY SAUCE
- 1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of coconut milk
- 2 tsp of red curry paste
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- 1 tbs of chicken stock or water
- 1/2 Tbsp of Thai fish sauce
- 2-3 shallots, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1 medium cucumber, de-seeded, peeled and cut into small pieces
- Soak the skewers in water while you marinate the beef.
- Slice the sirloin into thin strips and place them into a medium-sized bowl with the marinade mixture. Stir to coat the meat well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, make the satay sauce. Add the peanut butter to a small pot over a medium heat. Stir it until it melts. Add the red curry paste and stir well to combine.
- Add the coconut milk to the pot and keep stirring. Turn the heat down low and add the sugar and fish sauce. Stir well.
- Once the sauce thickens add the chicken stock or water and stir to combine. Turn the heat off and set the pot aside.
- Skewer the beef. Reserve the marinade and set aside.
- If you are using a barbecue to cook the satay then heat it to a medium-high heat. If you are frying the satay then heat 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a griddle or fry pan over a medium high heat.
- Cook for skewers about 5 minutes, turning and brushing with marinade mixture until cooked.
- Meanwhile, when you are on to cooking your last few skewers, return the satay sauce pot to the stove and heat it up. Stir the sauce well and then serve in a small bowl.
- Arrange beef satay on a serving plate and serve with a side of satay sauce for dipping. Serve shallots and cucumber in a small, separate serving bowl. They are eaten as an accompaniment to the beef.