Beef Satay Skewers with Habanero Peanut Sauce

Beef Satay Habanero Peanut Sauce Recipe

During recipe testing, there was an unanimous “MMMMM!!!” along with what may have been a little happy-dance from yours truly. This is hands-down, the very best Beef Satay I’ve ever had. And it’s from a Belizean cookbook called, Flavors of Belize.

Beef Satay Skewers with Habanero Peanut Sauce

I actually had to look up exactly where Belize was located when I started reading this book. It’s “Central America’s Gateway to the Caribbean” hugged by Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, on the Caribbean side. When I first opened up the book and saw recipes from Southeast Asia, China and even Hawaiian flavors, I was intrigued.  Of course, if I had read the subtitle of the book, “Ancient History, Diverse Culture, Exotic Cuisine” it would have made sense!

Beef Satay Skewers Recipe

It also turned out that my friends Adam Pearson and Matt Armendariz styled and photographed the book. Needless to say, the book is gorgeous, though I would have loved to see more photos of Belize, its people and markets. I’ve got 2 videos to share with you – one is a book tour and the other is the how-to on the recipe.

Beef Satay Skewers with Habanero Peanut Sauce

As a side note, I remember when I was little, probably around 10 years old, my Uncle Billy told me he was going to be vacationing in Belize. That struck me as incredibly exotic and so glamorous. “When I grow up, one day I’m going to be glamorous and vacation in Belize too!” Well, I haven’t made it there yet, but perhaps one day. The closest I’ve gotten is Cancun, but somehow the 5 hours or so drive between them seems like a world of difference. In my mind, at least.


Beef Satay Skewers and Habanero Peanut Sauce Video


Flavors of Belize, The Cookbook – Book Tour Video

About the Book Tour: While I am a devoted customer of, the shopping experience just isn’t quite as fulfilling when browsing for books. I love thumbing through the pages of a cookbook, stopping at a random page to see what I’d find. If at least 75% of the time, my thumb stops at an interesting recipe, photo or snippet of text, then it’s a win. So I thought I’d start giving some informal Book Tours of cookbooks that I have, majority of them sent from publishers for review.

I’ll give you a few quick thumb stops of the book – I hope you enjoy!



Beef Satay Skewers with Habanero Peanut Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Recipe adapted from Flavors of Belize Cookbook.


1/2 cup onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, through garlic press
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons Asian red chili sauce (like sambal oelek or sriracha)
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 /2 lime, juiced
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, 1/2-inch thick slices
bamboo skewers, soaked in water
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup hot water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon habanero pepper, finely minced, to taste
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 lime, juiced



1. For marinade, mash together the onion, garlic, ginger and sugar using mortar & pestle or food processor. Or - if you have chopped your ginger, garlic and onion fine enough, no need to do anything further. Add this mixture into a resealable bag. To the same bag, add in the red chili paste, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice. Massage to mix well. Add in the beef strips. Marinate 1-2 hours or up to overnight. In the meantime, prepare the Habanero Peanut Sauce.

2. When ready to cook, heat grill to high, direct heat. Thread beef onto bamboo skewers.

3. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side while continuously basting with marinade. Serve with habanero peanut sauce (below).


Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, whisk in an additional tablespoon of hot water.



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Comments 30

  1. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    My husband would love everything about these! The sauce sounds delicious although you can guarantee Tony would be sticking a whole habanero in – he’s crazy when it comes to those things! We’d have to have our own separate sauce but that’d be okay. Yum! =)

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    I’m a complete wimp, do you have a suggestion for a substitution for the habanero? I was wondering about chipotle, I know it would be a bit different, but maybe? Or just plain jalapeno?

    Sounds delicious.

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  4. Brian

    Hi, sounds GREAT – we’ll be trying it out this evening! What do you suggest putting with it? Rice is an obvious option, but what else would you suggest to complete the meal? Maybe something with cabbage(?)?

  5. sara

    YUM. I’ve only ever had chicken satay before, it sounds like it would be amazing with beef, especially with that spicy sauce.

  6. Brian

    Actually, stir-fried some red cabbage and peppers/vinegar, and it was great. The satay was incredible – marinated for about 4 hours, and it actually began to fall off the skewers as we finished grilling. Keeper recipe!

  7. Christian Rene Friborg

    The close-up photos make the beef look so soft and yummy I had to scroll down fast to the recipe just to take down what I need to buy so I can finally taste it. Awesome!

  8. Fazilah Dahman

    Satay is very popular in my country Malaysia Singapore & Indonesia as well. Our peanut sauce uses ground peanuts added to a sweet yet spicy gravy. We also have chicken/mutton/liver satay and even cockles.

  9. Danijela

    I’ve never made habanero sauce before, but it seems to me that it goes perfectly with beef. Everything look so flavorful and just too yummy. Lovely recipe. Of course, thanks for the video, it was really helpful. All the best. 🙂

  10. Kim in MD

    Jaden- can I just say that I LOVE your videos? Great job! I want to see you on Food Network in the near future! This recipe looks amazing, and I am so making this for dinner this week!

  11. Mike

    Hi, I would not want to make that 5 drive from Cancun to Belize. This recipe was such a blessing as I’ve always wanted to make Satay and just put that idea on the back burner (no pun intended). The instructional video makes it look so easy which I now realize it is. I will be making this in the next two weeks. Thank you ! 🙂

  12. Charlie Boudreau

    Well this is definitely one tasty dish. I’m somewhat of a beef fanatic, so when I get my greedy hands on a decent recipe, I don’t let go! I’d like to post something similar on my recipe blog, Red Meat Recipes ( I’ll have to start experimentation!

  13. Carrie

    Great recipe! I made it for a dinner party I catered and just made it again tonight… so tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. Andrew Guyton

    I made these today, and I can add my two cents.

    The marinade was perfect, and made the meat amazingly tender and decently spicy, just how I like it.

    As for the sauce, I don’t know if it’s because I used an organic peanut butter (more oils, fewer preservatives), but the sauce wasn’t spicy to me, I used a whole habanero (minus seeds). Also, it seemed like it made a somewhat excessive amount of sauce per strip. I suggest halving the sauce ingredients while still using an entire pepper.

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