Sweet and Sour Beef Sate with Peanut Sauce

Sate—skewered pieces of beef or chicken cooked over hot coals—is a popular snack and appetizer in Indonesia.This recipe is for beef sate, but you can easily substitute chicken.Typically, the meat is served with a spicy peanut sauce called sambal kacang.


  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • ø tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. tamarind, dissolved in
  • 1 tbsp. warm water
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into
  • 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. peanut oil bamboo skewers*

  1. With a mortar and pestle, food
  2. processor, or blender, combine coriander, cumin, garlic, salt, brown sugar, and tamarind.
  3. Place steak cubes in a medium bowl
  4. and add the spice mixture. Use your fingers to rub the spices into the meat. Set meat in the refrigerator and marinate for 1 hour.
  5. In a wide, shallow dish, mix soy
  6. sauce, water, and peanut oil.
  7. Place four pieces of marinated meat
  8. on each skewer and dip the meat into the soy sauce mixture.
  9. Broil meat over a charcoal fire or
  10. under the broiler of the oven. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Serve with peanut sauce (recipe on following page).
*To prevent the bamboo skewers from burning, soak them in water for 1 hour before using.