Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

4.8 from 12 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 6


  • 500 gram pork neck/shoulder (Indonesian: daging babi kapsim), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa), shaved
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (Indonesian: bubuk jinten)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (Indonesian: bubuk kunyit)
  • 5 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap asin)
  • juice of 2 limes (Indonesian: jeruk nipis)
  • about 25 to 35 bamboo skewers (Indonesian: tusuk sate)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 2 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe keriting merah)
  • 50 gram candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • Chili sauce
  • 15 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah), thinly sliced
  • 1 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe keriting merah), thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 lime (Indonesian: jeruk nipis)


  1. Pork satays: Grind shallots, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, and galangal in a food processor into a smooth paste.
  2. Mix pork with the spice paste, palm sugar, coriander, cumin, turmeric, soy sauce, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), and lime juice in a mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest in the fridge overnight to marinate. Please marinate for a minimum of two hours even if you don’t have much time.
  3. Skewer marinated pork pieces with bamboo skewers.
  4. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Brush the grills with oil using a silicone brush, and grill pork skewers until the surface is golden brown and slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side. Arrange grilled pork satays on a serving plate.
  5. Chili sauce: Transfer leftover marinade into a saucepot and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  6. Place the sauce into a bowl, add thinly sliced shallots, chopped red chilies, and lime juice. Serve pork satays with the chili sauce.

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