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Beef Satay

There are many versions of Satay in Asia made with chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. This beef satay recipe uses a sweet lemony marinade that is widely used by grilled food vendors in Vietnam. The combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and lemongrass really enhances the flavor of grilled beef. The marinade is also used to make a refreshing Asian slaw comprised of bean sprouts, jicama sticks, julienne carrots, and cilantro that is topped with toasted crushed peanuts.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb beef flank steak
  • 12 bamboo skewers, soaked in water before use


  • 1 stalk lemongrass, outer leaves removed and lower portion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shallot finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small red chili finely chopped (use can use a Jalapeño or Serrano chili)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 11/2 SYD All Purpose Rub
  • 4 tablespoons water


  1. Cut beef into 1-inch wide strips to fit on skewer
  2. Whisk the sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, and water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemongrass, shallot, garlic, chili, and rub
  3. Place beef and marinade in a plastic zip back and marinade in the fridge for about an hour
  4. Prepare your grill with a hot and cool zone
  5. Take beef out of bag and scrape off excess marinade
  6. Thread beef strips onto the bamboo skewers
  7. In a saucepan, add the leftover marinade and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes to sterilize the basting sauce.
  8. Grill beef on each side about 2-3 minutes. Baste with the simmered marinade
  9. Use the leftover marinade to dress an Asian slaw using your favorite vegetables. I used bean sprouts, jicama strips, carrot julienne, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. Serve the slaw in a purple cabbage “bowl”
  10. Use the marinade as a dipping sauce for your beef satay
  • Author: Harry Soo
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese