Thursday, 14 January 2010

Daring Cooks January 2010: Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

The January 2010 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

I made this one whilst I was at home over Christmas for my family. When I got in the car from the train station home, my Mum said that she had chicken breasts out for supper and asked what could she do with them. My sister piped up and said she wanted chicken satay! Fantastic! We didn't end up having it the first night we were home as we were lacking some of the ingredients, namely peanut butter, but I made it just before I went back to London.

I really enjoyed making this daring cooks. I think as I have mentioned before I have huge problems with time management when cooking, so this was another nice recipe to practice those skills, and I actually managed it! The food was all the correct temperature when it arrived at the table! I made all of the sauces, because I hadn't realised that the optional ones were for people with nut allergies etc! Both my parents liked the tamarind dip best, but I think I preferred the normal peanut sauce. I served it with rice, a green salad, and homemade pitta bread.

Although my father insisted on chips!

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

Satay Marinade

1/2 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 T ginger root, chopped (optional) (2 cm cubed)
2 T lemon juice (1 oz or 30 mls)
1 T soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp ground coriander (5 mls)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric (2-2.5 mls)
2 T vegetable oil (or peanut or olive oil) (30 mls)
1 pound of pork (loin or shoulder cuts) (16 oz or 450g)

1a. Cheater alert: If you have a food processor or blender, dump in everything except the pork and blend until smooth. If you don't have a food processor, chop my onions, garlic and ginger really fine then mix it all together in a medium to large bowl.
2a. Cut pork into 1 inch strips.
3a. Cover pork with marinade. You can place the pork into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.

4. If using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak your skewers in warm water for at least 20 minutes before preparing skewers.
5. Gently and slowly slide meat strips onto skewers. Discard leftover marinade.*
6. Broil or grill at 290°C/550° F (or pan fry on medium-high) for 8-10 minutes or until the edges just start to char. Flip and cook another 8-10 minutes.

* If you’re grilling or broiling, you could definitely brush once with extra marinade when you flip the skewers.

Peanut Sauce

3/4 cup coconut milk (6 oz or 180 mls)
4 Tbsp peanut butter (2 oz or 60 mls)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp brown sugar (5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground cumin (2.5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground coriander (2.5 mls)
1-2 dried red chilies, chopped (keep the seeds for heat)

1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add soy sauce and lemon, mix well.
2. Over low heat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter and your soy-lemon-seasoning mix. Mix well, stir often.

3. All you’re doing is melting the peanut butter, so make your peanut sauce after you’ve made everything else in your meal, or make ahead of time and reheat.

Pepper Dip (optional)
4 Tbsp soy sauce (2 oz or 60 mls)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp brown sugar (5 mls)
1-2 dried red chilies, chopped (keep the seeds for heat)
1 finely chopped green onion (scallion)

Mix well. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Tamarind Dip (optional)
4 Tbsp tamarind paste (helpful link below) (2 oz or 60 mls)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 finely chopped green onion (scallion)
1 tsp brown or white sugar, or to taste (about 5 mls)

Mix well. Serve chilled or room temperature.


  1. Chips and satay well that is a first for me!!! Lovely that it was so delicious and yes it is a simple and quick recipe. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  2. you did an amazing job, this looks delicious. love your dad. just thinking about dipping chips into the peanut sauce is making my mouth water.

  3. I like that your father wanted chips with his! I bet my son would totally agree with that one next time I make satay :)

  4. Hah! Someone else did chips, too. That's wonderful! It makes me want to do them next time, as well. I think your dad's on the right track... love to dip chips.

    Your satay and your pita bread look fabulous, too. Well done!! I'm glad they liked it!