How To Make Pork Satay Skewers

May 25, 2020 | meat, Recipes

Today on the blog we are going to take a look at how to make my version of Pork Satay Skewers. The marinade we are going to use on the pork can also be used with chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp, scallops, or even fish. So, it’s very versatile. We are also going to take a look at what I consider to be a proper meat skewering technique. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get to it.

This is how to make…

Pork Satay Skewers

What is Satay?

Before we get into this we should first answer the question What is Satay? At its core, Satay is just seasoned and skewered meat, generally served with a sauce, cooked over an open flame. Most of the time some sort of peanut-based sauce or marinade is used. Satay originates in Indonesia and is their national dish, however, it is popular all around Southeast Asia.

The Marinade

Typically, Satay is served with a peanut sauce, however, I wanted to do something a little different with my version. For mine, I put the peanut in the marinade. The only real reason for this is because I didn’t want to make a sauce. I wanted all the flavour to come from the meat itself.

For whatever reason I didn’t take the normal walkthrough photos that I generally do for the marinade. So all I have for that part of the process is the written recipe below.

Pork Satay

A non-classic Pork Satay Recipe.
Total Time: 1 day 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesian
Keyword: Barbecue, Barbecue Pork, Satay
Servings: 10 Skewers


  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sambal
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Orange juice
  • 1 thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 lbs Thinly Sliced Pork


  • Combine all the marinade ingredients.
  • Add the pork into the marinade, toss to coat the pork. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight.
  • Soak 10-12 skewers in water for about an hour. Put the pork on the skewers.
  • Once all the meat has been skewerd, grill them on a hot bbq for about 5 minutes per side or until the pork is cooked.
  • Serve with rice, and stir-fried vegetables.
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Skewering The Meat

There are three main ways to skewer meat. The first skewer technique is that you cut the meat into evenly sized cubes then skewer them. The second skewer technique is to cut the meat into thin strips and skewer the meat on as one long piece. The third, and my personal preference is to cut the meat into thin strips but then thread the meat onto the skewer.

As you can see in the pictures below the meat is placed on the skewer like a folded ribbon with the bamboo skewer going straight up the middle. I prefer this technique for a few different reasons. First of all, I find that with this technique as opposed to the two other techniques the meat stays on the skewer much better when cooking. The second reason I prefer this technique is that the meat cooks more evenly. If you find that you prefer one of the other techniques I mentioned or one I didn’t use that. I just find that this technique works best for me.

The Skewers

I just wanted to touch really quickly on the skewers that I used for this. They are a paddle style bamboo skewer meaning they have an offset handle at the end. They are ten or twelve inches long and are square shaped rather than round. I find that the square shape of the square really helps to keep the meat in place as opposed to round skewers. However, you can use whatever skewer you have or can find. Just make sure to soak them in water for at least an hour prior to skewering the meat and grilling. This will help to prevent the skewers from catching on fire.

Cooking the Skewers

To cook the skewers I first preheated my grill on medium-high for about ten minutes. This makes sure that the grates are hot enough to sear the meat which helps prevent them from sticking. I do not oil my grill, ever. As long as the grates are giving enough time to get hot, there should never be an issue with sticking.

The heat on my grill is not even, to make sure the skewers are getting even heat, I put the skewers on the grill, let them sit for about two minutes, then took the one from the back of the grill, moved it to the front of the grill, and push the rest back. I did this about every two minutes. After about five minutes of total cooking, I flipped the skewers and then continued with the skewer rotation for another five minutes or until the skewer were cooked through.


I served the skewers with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables to make this a meal. However, these Pork Satay Skewers are great as a snack or as party food.

As I said in the intro the marinade I used on these skewers is great with chicken, beef, scallops, shrimp, or fish. Give it a try and I promise that this will be in your regular summer barbecue rotation.

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