Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

This succulent Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce is an Indonesian specialty. Peanut butter, soy sauce, and curry combine to make a wonderful blend of flavors in the marinade and dipping sauce. Serve it with hot rice and sautéed cabbage or a citrus salad for an easy meal that is both delicious and memorable. The leftovers are fantastic!

The sauce noted in this recipe is quick to make and uses creamy peanut butter as the base.  The Authentic Homemade Peanut Sauce uses fresh peanuts for a more robust and fresh taste.  If you’re really short on time, my favorite store-bought brand is San-J Thai Peanut Sauce; it has excellent flavor with little fillers.

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce on short metal skewers with peanuts on a round black wooden serving plate. Sauce is in a black dish on the side, along with sliced green onion as garnish.

What is “Satay”?  It is believed to originated in Indonesia.  Satay is very popular in Asia, Malaysia, Brazil, and Holland! A close comparison is a yakitori from Japan. Satay is also known as shish kabobs! 

It generally consists of chunks or slices of meat placed on bamboo skewers. The meat is grilled over charcoal or wood fire. Turmeric may be used as a spice for its color. Types of meat may include beef, pork, venison, chicken, or seafood. It is paired up well with peanut sauce or pineapple sauce.

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce on short metal skewers with peanuts on a round black wooden serving plate. Sauce is in a black dish on the side, along with sliced green onion as garnish.

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
This succulent pork kebab is an Indonesian specialty. Peanut butter, soy sauce and curry are combined to make a wonderful blend of flavors in both the marinade and dipping sauce. Serve it with hot rice and sauteed cabbage or a salad for a quick meal that is delicious and memorable. Leftovers are amazing!
5 from 1 vote



  • pounds pork tenderloin
  • 4 ounces soy sauce
  • 2 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup soy sauce



  • Place pork tenderloin in the freezer for one hour or until firm. Slice in half widthwise, and slice into ¼ inch slices lengthwise. Freezing the meat keeps it upright as you're slicing to get even-sized slices.
    1½ pounds pork tenderloin
  • In a large zip lock bag, blend soy sauce with peanut butter. Stir in brown sugar, curry powder, lemon juice, red pepper and garlic. Add the pork slices. Toss to coat sides evenly. Place flat in a casserole dish and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
    4 ounces soy sauce, 2 ounces creamy peanut butter, 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 tsp curry powder, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ⅓ tsp crushed red pepper, 1 clove garlic

Dipping Sauce

  • Combine the first four dipping sauce ingredients. Add in the soy sauce. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a serving dish if you'd like a smooth sauce.
    2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp brown sugar, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp crushed red pepper, ½ cup soy sauce


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high. Clean with an onion. (see notes) Thread wet pork slices on skewers, alternating the skewer tip from the top and bottom of the meat as you move up the piece. Grill on medium heat for 15 minutes or until well done. Serve immediately with the Dipping Sauce and white rice.

Kitchen Equipment

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine indonesian, thai
Calories 374


Serving: 4gCalories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 42gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1198mgPotassium: 875mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 3mg
Keyword homemade, peanut sauce, pork tenderloin, satay, thai, white rice
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De Froid Tip: Skewers!

Skewers are fun!  The material used, the length, and the shape all define a vibe for the meal.  I like to compare these to pillows!  Different textures and sizes help define a room.  Skewers help define a table or buffet setting!  : )

Bamboo skewers are typically inexpensive.  They come in various lengths and widths and can be found in your local supermarket.  The wooden skewers I used below for the Marinated Party Shrimp are small, square-shaped, and rustic.  Conversely, massive flat metal 23″ skewers with wood handles make a big statement!  They can serve a crowd and make a presentation that will wow your guests.

I hope you have fun exploring the world of skewers.  They take little room in a drawer yet can make a memorable statement when used purposefully. 

marinated party shrimp on square rustic skewers set in a shot glass on a black serving tray.

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