Indonesian Pork Satay & Peanut Sauce

Makes: approx. 20 skewers

20 wooden skewers

2 whole pork tenderloins (plain, unseasoned), cut into half-inch cutlets.
5 to 6 scallions, sliced small for garnish

For the marinade:
2 tablespoons lemongrass, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons Sambal sauce
2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons shallots, diced
½ cup vegetable oil

To start, soak the wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.

While skewers are soaking, use a sharp knife to trim any excess fat from the tenderloins. Cutting along the bias, slice each tenderloin into half-inch cutlets. This should yield approximately 10 cutlets per tenderloin. Once ready, insert a wet skewer into each cutlet, threading it through just like a stitch.

To make the marinade, use a large bowl and combine all ingredients . Place the skewers in a shallow dish and cover completely with all of the marinade. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight for even better results.

To Grill:
Heat grill to at least 400 degrees, then brush with vegetable oil to prevent the meat from sticking. Cook the skewers over direct, high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes per side. The meat is ready when it has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees and grill marks are visible on each side.

Warm Peanut Sauce for Dipping

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
1 ½ teaspoon Sambal sauce
Zest of one lime (save lime for juice)
1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
1 ½ tablespoons lemongrass, minced
4 oz. coconut milk (1/2 cup)
1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
Juice of one lime
4 oz. peanut butter (1/2 cup)

In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, sauté the oil, garlic, shallots, Sambal, lime zest, curry powder, and lemongrass for 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic and shallots soften up.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and peanut butter and continue cooking over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to combine. Once all the ingredients have blended together, remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl if serving immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

Tony’s Tips:

  • Lemongrass can be found regularly at Asian grocery stores.
  • To prevent burning, soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes before inserting into meat.
  • The amount of spicy heat in both the satay and the peanut sauce is mild in this recipe. For more intense heat, increase the amount of Sambal sauce.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat is fully cooked at 145 degrees.
  • If you can’t find Sambal sauce, you can substitute Sriracha sauce or one teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Satay is best when cooked over charcoal, but our gas grill worked just fine.
  • Tony prefers smooth peanut butter, but chunky or natural will also work.

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