I had always been a bit of an adventurous eater. Growing up in Thailand, I had access to some of the best food in the world, and I wasn't about to let that go to waste. So when I first tasted Thai Satay Skewers, I knew I had discovered something special.
Satay is a popular street food in Thailand, made from marinated meat grilled on skewers and served with a sweet and tangy peanut sauce. The skewers are usually made with chicken, beef, or pork, but in some areas, you can also find satay made with seafood or tofu.
One of the things I love about satay is the way it brings together so many flavors and textures. The meat is juicy and tender, bursting with the spicy, savory flavor of the marinade. The peanut sauce adds a mellow sweetness that balances out the spice, while the crispy, fresh vegetables provide a welcome crunch. And of course, you can't forget the sticky, fragrant rice that completes the dish.
In this article, I want to share with you my love for satay and take you on a journey through its history, cultural significance, and of course, the recipe. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just looking to try something new, I promise you won't be disappointed by the mouth-watering flavor of Thai satay skewers. So grab a skewer and get ready to discover a whole new world of taste sensations!
Ingredients You'll Need
To make the most delicious Thai Satay Skewers, you'll need a few key ingredients. The primary ingredient is chicken, which should be cut into thin strips. You'll want to use about a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe. For the marinade, you'll need:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
For the peanut sauce, you'll need:
- 1 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
You'll also need some bamboo skewers for grilling your satay.
Preparing the Marinade
To prepare the marinade for your Thai Satay Skewers, simply mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add in the chicken strips, making sure that each piece is fully coated in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight if possible. This will allow the flavors to fully infuse into the chicken, resulting in a more delicious final product.
Grilling or Baking your Satay
Once your chicken has marinated, it's time to prepare your skewers for grilling or baking. If you're using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning. Thread the chicken strips onto the skewers, leaving a bit of space between each piece.
To grill your satay, heat up your grill to medium-high heat. Add the skewers to the grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked through and slightly charred. If you prefer to bake your satay in the oven, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the skewers on the sheet. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Serve with Peanut Sauce
No Thai Satay Skewers would be complete without a tasty peanut sauce to dip them in! To make the peanut sauce, simply combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a bit of water to thin it out.
Serve your skewers hot off the grill or out of the oven, with a side of fresh peanut sauce for dipping. You can also garnish your satay with some chopped cilantro or sliced green onions for an extra burst of flavor.
Variations of This Classic Dish
Thai Satay Skewers are a classic dish that can be adapted to a variety of different tastes and preferences. If you prefer beef or pork over chicken, you can easily substitute those meats in this recipe. You can also add in some shredded vegetables, such as carrots or zucchini, to give your skewers a bit of extra crunch.
If you're feeling adventurous, try experimenting with different marinades and spice blends to create your own unique twist on Thai Satay Skewers. You can also try serving your skewers with different dipping sauces, such as a sweet chili sauce or a tangy tamarind sauce.