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Savoring Singapore's Delight: Authentic Satay Recipe

 Savoring Singapore's Delight: Authentic Satay Recipe

Satay is a beloved Southeast Asian dish known for its succulent grilled meat skewers served with a flavorful peanut sauce. In Singapore, Satay is a quintessential street food experience that captures the essence of communal dining and culinary heritage. Join us as we uncover the secrets of making Satay at home.

The Story Behind Satay

Satay holds a special place in Singapore's food culture, influenced by Malay and Indonesian culinary traditions. Traditionally served as street food, Satay has evolved into a popular dish enjoyed at festivals, family gatherings, and hawker centers across Singapore.

Ingredients for Satay:

For the Satay Marinade:

  • 500g chicken thigh fillets (or beef, pork, or lamb), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 200g roasted peanuts, finely ground
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chili paste or fresh chili (optional, for extra heat)

For Serving:

  • Fresh cucumber and onion slices
  • Rice cakes (ketupat) or steamed rice


1. Prepare the Satay Marinade:

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, kecap manis, vegetable oil, honey (or brown sugar), ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric powder, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  2. Add sliced chicken (or preferred meat) to the marinade, ensuring it's well-coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Make the Peanut Sauce:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté chopped onion and minced garlic until softened and fragrant.
  3. Add ground roasted peanuts, tamarind paste, kecap manis, soy sauce, brown sugar, and water. Stir well to combine.
  4. Simmer the sauce for 5-7 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Season with salt and chili paste (if using), adjusting the sweetness and spiciness to your liking.

3. Skewer and Grill the Satay:

  1. Thread marinated meat onto bamboo skewers, leaving a bit of space between each piece.
  2. Preheat a grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill the Satay skewers for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked and nicely charred.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Arrange the grilled Satay skewers on a serving platter.
  2. Serve with warm peanut sauce, fresh cucumber and onion slices, and rice cakes or steamed rice.

Cultural Insights:

Satay is more than just a dish—it's a social experience that brings people together. In Singapore, Satay is often enjoyed as a shared meal, fostering camaraderie and celebration.

Experience Satay at Home

Prepare Satay in your kitchen and recreate the vibrant flavors of Singapore's street food scene. Whether you're hosting a barbecue or simply craving a taste of Southeast Asia, Satay is sure to delight your taste buds.

Share Your Satay Experience

Have you tried Satay before? Share your cooking experience and favorite dipping sauces in the comments below. Let's celebrate the joys of culinary exploration and indulge in the flavors of Singaporean Satay together!