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Satay with Peanut Bourbon Dipping Sauce

I love eating food on skewers, and always try this form of street food whenever I see it around the world. This version, Satay from Malaysia, is one of my absolute favorites. So full of flavor and with a little bit of heat. Do give it a try. It will become a regular for you, I promise.

Satay skewers and peaut butter sauce

Satay with Peanut Bourbon Dipping Sauce Recipe

(Serves 4)

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 6-inch Wooden Skewers (soak them in water for 4 hours so they don’t burn on the grill)

  • 2 lbs Boneless Poultry (chicken or turkey cut into thin strips)

  • 1 Jar Organic Peanut Butter

  • 1 Cup Raw Unsalted Peanuts

  • 2 Inches Fresh Ginger (Peeled)

  • 4 Cloves Garlic (Peeled)

  • 2 Serrano Chilies

  • 2 Shallots (Peeled)

  • ¼ Cup Sesame Oil

  • 1/8 Cup Soy Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil

  • ¼ Cup Sugar

  • ¼ Cup Bourbon

  • 1 12-oz Can Coconut Milk

  • 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric

  • 1 Tsp Ground Coriander

  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin

  • 1 Lemon (Juice)



  1. Place the following -- ½ the jar of peanut butter, ginger, garlic, chilies, shallots, sesame oil, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sugar, cumin, turmeric, coriander -- in a food processor and blend to a fine paste.

  2. Place the poultry strips in a bowl and cover with half of the paste (keep the other half of the paste separate and away from the poultry because the other half of the paste will be made into the dipping sauce).

  3. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and chill for two hours.

  4. After two hours, thread a piece of poultry on to each of the soaked skewers and chill until ready to cook.

  5. For the dipping sauce:

    • Add the remaining paste to a saucepan.

    • Add the coconut milk, bourbon and chopped peanuts.

    • Combine well and cook on a gentle heat for ten minutes. The peanuts should begin to release their oils, and this is a sign that the sauce is ready.

  6. When ready to cook, heat a griddle (or an outside grill) to a high heat and grill the skewers for two minutes each side. They should get a slight char which will add flavor.

  7. Sprinkle with lemon and serve with the dipping sauce.

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