Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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These mouth-watering Thai beef satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce are tangy, tender, and perfectly balanced with a cool and creamy dipping sauce.

Dipping beef satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce.

We are big meat eaters here in our house so you will always see various cuts of Certified Angus Beef in our refrigerator including ribeye, porterhouse, sirloin and more. One of my favorite cuts of beef for grilling is the flank steak because it is versatile, lean, and quite affordable for feeding a family of four. Recently I created these mouthwatering Thai Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce. The fragrant marinade made with bright lemon juice, fresh ginger, and soy sauce is great on lots of things, so I always recommend making a double batch to use later in the week on chicken, pork, fish, or vegetables.


  • Angus beef: When you’re thinking about what cuts of beef are best for grilling skewers, I recommend flank, skirt, or flat iron steak.
  • Lemon juice: Helps to tenderize the beef in the marinate, and adds a bit of citrus flavor in the sauce.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger adds a great hint of sweet and spicy flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Umami flavor in both the marinade and the dipping sauce.
  • Garlic: Adds a nutty, pungent, aromatic taste to the marinade.
  • Chili paste: Adds the kick of heat to both the meat and the dipping sauce.
  • Fish sauce: A sauce that’s full of flavor, it’s got a fishy taste for sure, but it’s also salty and sweet.
  • Peanut butter: The base for the creamy peanut dipping sauce.

How to Make Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Adding chili paste to bowl

Start your beef satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce by making the marinade for the beef. Take a large bowl and add the chili paste, soy sauce, and fish sauce.

Adding lemon juice to bowl

Next add the fresh ginger, garlic, and lemon juice. Whisk well until all combined.

Marinating beef for skewers

Add your beef strips and mix until thoroughly covered in the marinade and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Soaking skewers in water

While the beef marinates, take your wooden skewers and soak them in water. This makes it so that they won’t catch on fire when cooking on the grill.

Putting beef on wooden skewers

Once beef has marinated, take them and skewer them.

Grilling beef satay skewers

Then grill your skewers over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes a side. Then let beef rest for 10 minutes.

Adding peanut butter to bowl

While beef skewers are resting, make the peanut dipping sauce. Warm your creamy peanut butter in the microwave then add to a larger bowl.

Grating garlic into bowl

Grate in some garlic using a microplane, and add the chili paste.

Adding soy sauce to bowl

Then add the soy sauce, fish sauce, and lemon juice. Whisk with some warm water until fully mixed.

Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Serve your beef satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce with cilantro and lime wedges, and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does satay mean peanut?

While many satay recipes are served with a peanut sauce, it doesn’t mean peanut. It’s just the name of the dish!

What type of cuisine is satay?

Satay, or sate, is a Southeast Asian dish. Mine is specifically inspired by Thai flavors.

How long should you marinate beef satay?

The more tender the cut of beef, the less time it’ll need to marinate. But as a general rule of thumb, I’d say a minimum of 30 minutes, and no more than 24 hours.

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Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

4.43 stars average
These mouth-watering Thai Beef Satay Skewers are tangy, slightly spicy and perfectly balanced with a cool and creamy peanut dipping sauce.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


Beef Skewers

  • 1 pound Certified Angus Beef flank or skirt steak (cut in 1-inch strips)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 16 wooden skewers (soaked in water)
  • cilantro and lime wedges (optional garnish)

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (more or less to taste)
  • warm water


  • In a medium glass bowl, whisk together beef marinade: lemon juice, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and chili paste. Add beef strips to the bowl and toss well to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes or marinate in the refrigerator for up to overnight.
  • Prepare peanut dipping sauce by whisking together all ingredients in a small bowl. Slowly add in warm tap water, about a tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. Reserve for later.
  • To cook beef skewers, carefully thread each strip on soaked skewers. Grill over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare.
  • Let been skewers rest for 10 minutes before serving with creamy peanut dipping sauce.

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Serving: 2skewersCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 4.6gProtein: 12.5gFat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 422mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 2.5g
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25 responses to “Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce”

  1. Emily Avatar

    I am allergic to fish so I wouldn’t be able to use the fish sauce. What would be an acceptable substitution?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You could replace it with additional soy sauce, vegan fish sauce, or Worcestershire sauce.

  2. Marsha Avatar

    I made this last night, AMAZING! My kids loved it so I’m going to make this into wraps for school lunches. Thank you!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh great idea to put into wraps!!! Tortillas would work great too!

  3. Carol Avatar

    How many skewers are in 1 serving?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It depends on how much meat you put on the skewer. There are 8 servings in the pound so 2 ounces per person. :)