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Beef Satay Recipe – Malaysian – Indonesian BBQ Skewers


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Beef Satay – Malaysia

Best Beef Satay Recipe

Beef Satay Recipe – Malaysian – Indonesian BBQ Skewers

  I posted the PERFECT Chicken Satay recipe earlier. Beef Satay is basically made the same way but you must choose very tender beef, and just a few adjustments in the spices.

Smoky, Exotic, with a special combination of spices and ingredients that provides that  ‘melt in mouth’ sensation. Delicious recipe!  I’ve also got the perfect Satay Peanut Sauce recipe to go with these tasty skewers. So what are you waiting for? 🙂

Beef Satay Recipe – Malaysian – Indonesian BBQ Skewers

Recipe Type: Beef / BBQ
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 15
Marination – 4 hours  up till Overnight
Cook time: 20
Total time: 35 
Serves: 4 – 5


  • 300 gms beef chuck tender- cut  across the grain to small pieces (2 × 2 ½ × 1 cm)
  • 1 stalk lemon grass – to be used as a basting brush
  • oil for basting
  • You will need  – small sized bamboo skewers and charcoal for grilling


For Marinating the Beef:

  • 4 shallots, peeled
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¾ tsp fresh  juicy ginger, peeled
  • ¾ tsp galangal, peeled – (also knows as lengkuas, laos or blue gingerInfo On Galangal If you can not get Galangal, use extra ginger as substitute)
  • ½ tsp fresh turmeric  (If you can not get fresh turmeric – substitute for — Turmeric powder)
  • ½  tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp  fennel seeds
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne (chilli) powder
  • ¾ Tbsp Palm Sugar (Gula Melaka) – If you do not have palm sugar, use  brown sugar instead
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower oil or peanut oil
  • 1 rounded Tbsp Tamarind pulp soaked in ¼ cup hot water for  10 minutes
  • salt to taste



For serving:

  • Onions cut into squares
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Satay Peanut Sauce (Sambal Kacang / Bumbu Kacang – pronounced ‘Kachaang’). Get Recipe For Satay Peanut Sauce.


  • Cut the beef across the grain into cubes. Rinse well and leave to drain.
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  • Soak the tamarind in ¼ cup hot water for 10 minutes. Then use a strainer to strain and squeeze out the liquid from the pulp. Use 1  or 1 ½ Tbsp of this strained, thickened liquid tamarind solution for the recipe.
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    Extracting the Tamarind Solution

  • Heat a small pan. ‘Dry roast’ the cumin and fennel seeds, stirring till they emit a nice aroma and start to crackle. Make sure they don’t get burnt.
  • Add all the ingredients for the marinade EXCEPT the Tamarind Solution to a small mixer/ blender  or food processor. Don’t forget the oil and salt as well.
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  • Process/ Grind to a smooth paste.
  • To a large bowl, add the beef.
  • Add the tamarind solution to the ground paste and add to the beef.
  • Rub well into the beef to coat completely.
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  • Marinate in a covered container in the fridge for at least 4 hours and up till overnight if possible.
  • Cut of the hard base of the lemon grass stalk and then crush/ bruise the bulb portion using a pestle or back of a knife. This forms the lemon grass stalk into a brush like utensil. We will use this to baste the meat with oil while grilling. It adds a nice aroma.
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    Lemon Grass Basting ‘Brush’

  • Soak the skewers in cool water till time to grill, so that they do not burn or break while grilling.
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    Soak Skewers

  • Prepare the peanut sauce for satay before it’s time to grill.
  • Skewer the marinated beef pieces and Brush with lemongrass dipped in oil and place over hot charcoal. (wait till the coals are white).
  • Or at home you can get the same charcoal effect  like this: Before threading the marinated beef, place the beef in a large bowl with a small steel cup/tumbler placed in the centre of the meat.
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  • Heat the charcoal on a open flame till it’s piping RED Hot.
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    Piping hot. Blow on it till entire piece turns white.

  • Immediately place inside the steel tumbler and pour 1 Tbsp of oil over it. As it begins to smoke, quickly cover the bowl and place a weight on top if needed to prevent the smoke from escaping.
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    Apply weight and let sit

  • Wait for 10 minutes, till the smoke has died down. The meat is now, nicely smoked. Continue to skewer.
  • In a grill pan, drizzle some oil to coat the pan. Bring to a moderate heat. Grill on 1st side around 1-2 minutes, on a low- medium heat and maintain a sizzle.
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  • Do not disturb , when the bottom is cooked, check to see if it gets released easily with a spatula.
  • When you have nice grill marks, turn over and repeat on the other side. Baste with the lemongrass brush dipped in oil.
  • Proceed to grill the remaining two narrow sides as well so that the meat is cooked through (about a minute per side). Gather the skewers closer together so that they dont fall over. Do not over grill, Test one piece to see for doneness.
  • Set aside covered in foil till you are done grilling remaining skewers.
  • Serve with sliced cucumber, onion and the satay peanut sauce!
  • Enjoy!


Beef Satay Recipe – Malaysian – Indonesian BBQ Skewers

Try it and let us know – Beef Satay Recipe – Malaysian – Indonesian BBQ Skewers .

  • Some store bought tamarind pulp has salt added, so add salt accordingly to the marinade
  • If you are using a processor, roughly chop your ingredients to assist the blending process.
  • Fresh turmeric (root), galangal and palm sugar are recommended for this dish, but may be substituted if they are not readily available.
  • Careful not to over grill the beef skewers, they don’t take too long too cook to the centre due to the marination, over cooking will cause them to dry out and loose flavor.
  • At home, you can also put the smoked, marinated beef under a broiler in the oven instead of cooking in a grill pan, make sure to baste and turn the skewers.
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