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Sate Sapi - Beef Satay

The best satay is the one made with really old fashion charcoal grill, complete with a fan to stoke the flame. But people don’t do that anymore unless you are a restaurant owner, so nowadays we rely on electric grill, grill pan, or if you are like me, just a regular frying pan. I admit mine is probably the worst way to make a satay, but I still churn out more than decent tasting satay. So, if you own better grilling equipments, your satay will be phenomenal. ♥

Sate Sapi - Beef Satay
Sate Sapi - Beef Satay

Sate Sapi - Beef Satay

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 45 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 500 gram beef tenderloin (Indonesian: sapi has dalam), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 50 gram melted butter
  • 50 gram sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • bamboo skewers
  • 4 tablespoon honey
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 4 red anaheim chili (Indonesian: cabe merah besar)
  • 12 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 8 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 6 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)


  1. In a mixing bowl, rub beef with melted butter and sugar. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Add salt, ground white pepper, and the spice paste to the beef. Mix well, and left to marinate for 2 hours in the fridge.
  3. Skewer the beef with bamboo skewers, about 3 to 4 pieces per skewer.
  4. Heat your griller (or frying pan), then brush the beef satay with honey and grill (or cook) until fully cooked. I love to cook my satay until some char has developed, so yummy. Serve immediately.
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  • Maggie Maggie says:

    This looks so delicious! Always wanted to try to cook this at home but I cannot find candlenuts here. Is there any other nuts I can use to cook the sauce? Your food photos are so beautiful. Shared and pinned :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Maggie, thanks for the compliment on the photo. ♥ The best substitute for candlenut is macadamia, I hope it is easier to find than candlenut.

  • Dan Dan says:

    If you like that char and don't have a proper grill you can also toss them in the broiler for little bit at the end.

  • Elaine Elaine says:

    Beef Satay is always my favorite especially with beers with wind and stars shinning in the sky. Nice photos, too!

  • Maggie Maggie says:

    Very yummy! I marinated the beef for a long time, which is even better, and added a teaspoon of rice vinegar to the marinade for extra zing.

  • Anna Anna says:

    I love satay! It reminds me of childhood when my family would take us to the night markets and have them!

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