Grilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping SauceGrilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
(This recipe is part of  “The Healthier Side of Life”)

Sometimes you just have to spice up life a little bit.
Obligations vs Dreams

Life is divided into two categories. Maybe more, but for illustration on this particular post, let’s say, there are two. One, a grown-up life where obligations and responsibilities are carried out every day. It can be quite monotonous and boring but necessary to accomplish goals. Two, a child-like life with an adventurous spirit, where excitement and dreams rule the moment.

Two Golden Doodles being lazy on the bed

Life Should Have Anticipation

Take for instance these two doodles of mine, Charlie (aka Charlie Brown) and Sammy (aka Sammy Boy). What lazy bums! Albeit, cute, adorable and cuddly, but lazy bums nonetheless. Boredom is currently dictating their existence. But believe me, as soon as I say “you wanna go to the dog park?” they would be off this bed in a flash and violently wagging their tails with anticipation. That’s how you add “spice” to a dog’s life.

I have a friend that when her little boy was probably two or three would wake every morning, shoot straight up in his bed and pronounce to the whole household “I awake!!” Now that’s anticipation. And that my friends should be the way we approach getting out of bed every morning – with an expectation that today holds a fascinating adventure.

Beef Satay with Veggies on Electric Grill

Adding Spice to Life

Speaking of adding spice to life, you gotta try this Grilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. There’s a kick in both the marinade and the peanut sauce. The sauce, although it brings a little heat, adds a creamy, cooling influence to the dish. If you don’t like too much heat, you can taper down the hot chili sauce and the crushed red peppers. But if you’re like me and my husband, we both say, “Bring. It. On!”

Beef Satay with Veggies on Electric Grill

Grilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Although flank steak can be a little tough, there are a few things that can help tenderize the meat. (1) Slicing against the grain makes the fibers shorter and easier to chew. So if you are slicing it yourself, it will make life much easier if you cut it while partially frozen. I always ask my butcher to slice it for me. They do a better job getting it thin. And I’ve never been charged for that service. (2) Marinating the meat for at least an hour will help break down the fibers as well. (3) Be careful not to grill the skewers long – 3-4 minutes on both sides is perfect for medium rare. Overcooked meat is always tough. (4) And of course, when you bring it off the grill, cover it with foil and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Beef Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Taking a Challenge

Let’s take a challenge together. First of all, let’s add some of that spice to our lives by making this Grilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. But beyond that, let’s do something bold this week, something that energizes us and makes our “tails” wag! Let’s do something fun and exciting that we’ve been putting off because of other responsibilities.

Beef Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Okay, I’m headed right now to find my adventure for the day! What about you?

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Grilled Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

These lip-smacking beef satay skewers bring a bit of heat with both the marinade and the spicy peanut sauce. Perfect for dinner or an appetizer.

  • Author: Kristy Murray
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (not including the marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 5 tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Raw Honey

Beef Satay Skewers with Veggies

  • 2 lbs Beef Flank Steak, cut into long thin strips
  • 2 large Red Bell Peppers, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 large Red Onion, cut into 1 1/2 inch wedges
  • 1 cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Pepper Sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil for Grill

Instructions

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • In a medium-sized microwavable bowl combine peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, water, hot pepper sauce, sesame oil, and honey. Microwave on medium for about 45 seconds. Using hot pads, remove the bowl from the microwave and whisk all the ingredients together. Set aside.

Beef Satay Skewers with Veggies

  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the teriyaki sauce, hot pepper sauce, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil.
  • While the flank steak is partially frozen, cut the flank steaks crosswise into thin strips. I have my butcher do this step which saves me time in the kitchen.
  • On wooden or metal skewers alternately thread the strips of flank steak (accordion style), red bell pepper chunks and red onion wedges. Line the skewers in a large cake pan and drizzle the teriyaki mixture over the skewers, making sure to coat the bottom sides. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Marinate for 30 minutes, turn each skewer over to coat the other side and marinate for another 30 minutes. Discard the marinade after use.
  • Brush the electric grill with grapeseed oil and heat on high until almost smoking. Place each skewer on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on high, turn over and cook another 3-4 minutes. Pull the skewers off the grill and cover with foil for 10 minutes. Use a hot pad to remove the skewers as they can become hot from the grill.
  • Serve with the peanut dipping sauce and a side dish of brown rice.

Notes

  • Have your butcher cut the beef flank steak into long thin strips for the skewers. This will save you so much time in the kitchen. Butchers do not charge an additional fee for cutting meat, I always take advantage of it.
  • If I use wooden skewers, I always soak them in water for about 30 minutes. It’s not as necessary with this dish because they are only on the grill for a few minutes.
  • I use grapeseed oil for the electric grill because it can endure high heat.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 321
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 838 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 70 mg