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Thai-Style Pork Saté with Peanut Sauce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and 2 tablespoons sauce)
Indonesian spice merchants brought the recipe for saté, or skewered meat, to Thailand several centuries ago. Pork saté, taboo in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries with large Muslim populations, is very popular in Thailand.


  • Sauce:
  • 5 dried japones or arbol chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
  • Marinade:
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut diagonally into thin slices
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 247
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • fat 9.5 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 26.2 g
  • carbohydrate 13.7 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 665 mg
  • calcium 25 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare the sauce, place chiles in a small bowl, and cover with hot water. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain and finely chop chiles.

  2. Place the coriander and cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat; cook for 1 minute or until toasted. Combine salt and garlic in a mortar and pestle; crush to form a paste. Add the chiles, toasted seeds, lemongrass, 1 tablespoon ginger, and 1 tablespoon shallots, one at a time, until each ingredient is incorporated into paste. Heat 3/4 cup coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add paste mixture, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Add sugar, juice, and fish sauce; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool.

  3. To prepare the marinade, combine 1 cup coconut milk and the next 5 ingredients (coconut milk through turmeric) in a large plastic zip-top bag. Add pork to bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 45 minutes. Remove pork from bag; discard marinade. Thread pork slices evenly onto 12 (6-inch) skewers.

  4. Prepare grill.

  5. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with sauce.