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Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

Marinated pork pieces make these Indonesian grilled pork satays extra juicy with bold flavors. The marinade also serves as a delicious chili sauce for the satays.
Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

For many Chinese Indonesians, pork satay is our comfort food, and you will most likely get them in Chinese Indonesian most beloved rice set, the Nasi Campur (rice with an assortment of pork sides).

Although most think of chicken satay with peanut sauce when they think of Indonesian satays, it is Sate Babi (pork satay) that I grew up eating.

There was a lovely lady who went door to door selling pork satay when we were young. My brothers and I were always so happy when my grandparents bought a portion for our lunch. Even though it was ages and ages ago, I still remember that a pack of pork satays has ten skewers, and there were three of us, so how do you divide ten skewers among three grumpy and hungry kids? Well, I am not telling, but it’s not pretty. ♥

Ingredients for sate babi (Indonesian pork satay): pork, garlic, shallot, red chilies, galangal, candlenuts, coriander, cumin, turmeric, palm sugar, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), and lime juice.

Ingredients for sate babi (Indonesian pork satay): pork, garlic, shallot, red chilies, galangal, candlenuts, coriander, cumin, turmeric, palm sugar, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), and lime juice.

Ingredients for Indonesian pork satay

We need pork, shallots, garlic, red chilies, galangal, candlenuts, coriander, cumin, turmeric, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), soy sauce, palm sugar, and limes.

Which pork cuts to use?

The best cuts to use for pork satays are neck and shoulder cuts. If you are in Indonesia, you want to get some kapsim from your butcher.

Which red chilies to use?

Both cayenne and bird-eye chilies are perfect for this recipe. If you prefer less spicy satays and chili sauce, you can also use Fresno chilies.

If you can’t find any fresh red chilies, you can use Chinese/Thai dried red chilies. Please boil dried chilies in water to soften them before using them.

What can I substitute for palm sugar?

You can use brown sugar, but you may want to add a pinch of salt since Indonesian palm sugar has a slightly salty note and not just pure sweetness.

What can I substitute for candlenuts?

You can use the same amount of toasted macadamia nuts. Be sure that the nuts are unsalted.

(1) Place shallots, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, and galangal in a food processor. (2) Blend into a smooth paste. (3) Place pork in a mixing bowl, along with pureed spice paste, palm sugar, coriander, cumin, turmeric, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, and lime juice. (4) Stir to coat the pork evenly and rest overnight in the fridge.

(1) Place shallots, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, and galangal in a food processor. (2) Blend into a smooth paste. (3) Place pork in a mixing bowl, along with pureed spice paste, palm sugar, coriander, cumin, turmeric, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, and lime juice. (4) Stir to coat the pork evenly and rest overnight in the fridge.

Marinate and grill the pork satays

Grind shallots, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, and galangal in a food processor into a smooth paste.

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.

Skewer marinated pork pieces with bamboo skewers.

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) Skewer pork pieces with bamboo skewers. (6) Grill pork skewers on a grill pan until both sides are slightly charred. (7) Make the chili sauce from leftover marinade, shallots, red chilies, and lime juice. (8) Boil leftover marinade until thick, transfer to a bowl, and mix with sliced shallots, sliced chilies, and lime juice.

(5) Skewer pork pieces with bamboo skewers. (6) Grill pork skewers on a grill pan until both sides are slightly charred. (7) Make the chili sauce from leftover marinade, shallots, red chilies, and lime juice. (8) Boil leftover marinade until thick, transfer to a bowl, and mix with sliced shallots, sliced chilies, and lime juice.

Make the chili sauce to go with pork satays

We will turn the leftover marinade into the chili sauce for the pork satays.

Transfer leftover marinade into a saucepot and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce thickens.

Place the sauce into a bowl, add thinly sliced shallots, chopped red chilies, and lime juice.

Serve pork satays with the chili sauce.

Arranged grilled pork satays on a serving plate and serve immediately with the chili sauce.

Arranged grilled pork satays on a serving plate and serve immediately with the chili sauce.

Other Indonesian satays recipes to try

If you are interested in Indonesian satays, you may want to try these recipes:

Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

Sate Babi - Indonesian Pork Satay

4.8 from 12 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Ingredients:

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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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Comments

  • Wulan Wulan says:

    thanks udah ikut ngeramein challenge kali ini mba Anita. Salam kenal dari saya. Wulan (host challenge #15)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sama-sama mba Wulan, happy kok bisa ikut berpartisipasi :)

  • TheGastronomicBong TheGastronomicBong says:

    These sateys look delicious.. hubby not a huge fan of pork so can I use chicken instead. Cheers Arpita

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Arpita, you can definitely use chicken :) Cheers!

  • Elsye Elsye says:

    Halo Mbak...keren blogpost nya... :D....sukses terus yaaa Salam kenal Elsye

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Elsye, salam kenal juga :) Blog mba Elsye lebih keren lagi, suka banget aku sama foto-fotonya. <3

  • Samantha Samantha says:

    Just in time for grilling season. Best of luck on the Indonesian Food Blogger challenge!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yup, perfect for grilling and BBQ :) Thanks for the best wishes, Samantha! <3

  • Andrie Anne Andrie Anne says:

    Krn ga makan babi, kubakal ganti dgn sapi ato ayam..makasi ya Mba Anita ..

    • Anita Anita says:

      Oke banget kok walau diganti ayam ataupun sapi mba Anne :)

  • Ari Ari says:

    These look really good! Though I don't think that they look similar to the sate babi I usually have. Can you tell me from which area/province your recipe comes from?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Ari, this is pretty similar to the sate babi that I find in Jakarta, especially places that sell nasi campur.

      • Yudhi Yudhi says:

        Mungkin dari area Benteng/Tangerang.. Setahu saya sih sate babi ada dua macam. Yng satu di sebutnya sate manis. Di psar pluit ada enci Medan yng jual sate babi. Ho ho..yummy deh

        • Anita Anita says:

          Iya, yang namanya sate mah enak aja sih :D

  • Rafal Rafal says:

    Excellent! I use half beef and half lamb. I also add a clove of minced garlic to the mixture, as I think others suggested. The kebabs taste better if you prepare this several hours before you cook (preferably the night before). It really allows all the different flavors to combine well...trust me, I have prepared them both ways! Also, the key to getting the mixture to not be too wet is to first work it together with your hands and then beat with a spoon, as the directions indicate, until the mixture changes color. It really does congeal.

  • Marlina Lukman Marlina Lukman says:

    Love it! I made it for a potluck event at my kid's school. Everyone loved it!! Thank you, Anita! I'm a fan!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yay! I am happy to hear it turned out so well :)

  • Michelle Lai Michelle Lai says:

    Hi there! This looks so delicious. I have usually eaten sate with a peanut sauce rather than a chili sauce. I've found many recipes for peanut sauce on your website- is there one you would recommend specifically for sate? Thanks!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Michelle, I haven't posted sate with peanut sauce yet :) The most famous sate with peanut sauce in Indonesia is sate ayam madura, and the peanut sauce goes something like this: - 250 gram deep fried peanut (with skin on if possible) - 3 red cayenne chili pepper (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting), boiled - 4 candlenuts - 4 tablespoon palm sugar - 1 1/2 teaspoon salt - 600 ml water Grind everything together except water, transfer to a sauce pot, add water and bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.

      • Michelle Lai Michelle Lai says:

        thank you so much! I will be making this this week ;)

  • Yudhi Yudhi says:

    Hi Anita, saat Merorial day kita kita ngadain BBQ. Aku bikin 3 resep dari Anita. Sate babi campur sate ayam, chicken wing cilantro dan daun singkong ( pakai sayur Kale) wah.. Semuanya sangat suka. Ini sudah masuk menu tambahan tetap selain pork chop, skirt steak, jagung bakar, burger,toasted sesame bread. Udang ETC. sepertinya resep Anita resep anti gagal. Sekali bikin sukses. Thanks Anita..

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sama-sama Yudhi. Happy banget rasanya kalo resepnya disuka :)

  • Fi Fi says:

    Hi Is the galangal and tumeric fresh ones or spice? Can i use frozen tuneric and galangal?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Fresh galangal and turmeric is preferable, but there is no harm in using frozen ones as well.

  • Fi Fi says:

    Sorry also with the candlenuts is it the whole dry candlenuts or can i use the powder form candlenut?

    • Anita Anita says:

      I usually use whole dry candlenuts. I have never known that there is a powder form :) I guess you can use powdered one as well. I am not sure how much you will need, but on average 1 whole candlenut weighs 3 grams.

  • Stephy Stephy says:

    Hai Anita,, Mau tanya donk klo buat porknya lebih empuk gimana ya? soalnya waktu aku coba jadi agak alot gitu. but love the taste hehehe

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Stephy, kalo rajin, bisa sedikit dicincang, tapi jangan sampai putus menjadi kecil-kecil dagingnya yah, selain ini membuat bumbu lebih meresap lagi, juga bisa membantu daging lebih empuk. Thanks udah nyobain resepnya :)

  • Sue Sue says:

    Thank you for the recipes!

  • Angie Angie says:

    Hello Anita, spice space nya ditaruh dimana yah ? dimasak smp kental ? Terima kasih.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Angie, spice paste di step 1 dipakai sepakai bumbu marinade yah beserta bumbu lainnya :) Nanti setelah sate dibakar, seluruh bumbu yang masih tersisa dimasak beserta bumbu chili sauce until dijadikan saus cocolan.

  • Jenn Jenn says:

    I made these for a group of friends when we got together, and they all got gobbled up! Thanks for the great recipe - and I think anything on a stick tastes better!

  • Suzy Suzy says:

    I love how simple this seems to put together but also how flavorful it is!

  • Courtney | Love & Good Stuff Courtney | Love & Good Stuff says:

    Delicious! Satay is a family favourite around here in the summer time.

  • Neha Neha says:

    This satay looks so delicious and my mouth is watering looking at these clicks. I need to try this recipe soon!

  • Eden Eden says:

    These were so good! Flavorful and easy to make, just perfect.

  • Made Made says:

    terima kasih Mbk saya sudah coba uenak banget

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you banget Made sudah dicoba. Happy selera kita pas. :)

  • Lia Hanners Lia Hanners says:

    Thank you Anita for the recipe! It was so easy and yummy.

  • Lindawaty Lindawaty says:

    Hi Anita, tolong tanya kemiri benar 50gr ya? Tadi timbang mau sekitar 16 biji. Masih ragu ragu saya.. ☺️

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Lindawaty, benar kok. Kalo sayang-sayang dengan kemirinya, bisa juga sebagian (atau bahkan semuanya) diganti kacang mede (cashew) atau almond. Di Amerika memang mahal sih kemiri, dan dapetnya sedikit yah per paketnya. :)

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