Ever found yourself craving the tantalizing tastes of an Asian street food market but couldn’t quite hop on the next plane to Bangkok? Worry not, flavor adventurers! Here’s a dish that’ll transport your tastebuds straight to those bustling streets, without leaving the cozy confines of your kitchen. Our Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl, dripping in a delectably spicy peanut sauce, is an exotic symphony of tastes and textures, promising to be your next go-to dinner. With every bite, anticipate crunchy greens, tender beef, and that hint of nutty opulence. Dinner has never looked or tasted this internationally fabulous! 

Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce Recipe

Three Reasons to Relish this Bowl

  • Flavor Fusion at its Finest: By pairing the savory richness of beef with a spicy peanut sauce, this dish strikes a perfect balance between bold and subtly nutty, offering an irresistible taste profile that’s both complex and comforting.
  • Nutritional Goldmine: Beyond its tantalizing taste, this bowl is packed with wholesome zoodles, vibrant veggies, and lean protein. It’s a meal that fills you up without weighing you down, ensuring your body gets both nourishment and flavor satisfaction.
  • Quick & Easy Elegance: Despite its gourmet appearance and taste, this dish is surprisingly simple to whip up! With a no-fuss prep process and ingredients that are easy to source, it’s an impressive meal that won’t keep you chained to the kitchen for hours. Perfect for those nights when you want fabulous with a side of fast!


Satay’s Savory Story

Satay, that mouth-watering skewered delicacy we can’t get enough of, has a fascinating journey that’s as rich as its flavors. Let’s embark on a quick culinary time-travel to understand its roots:

  1. Origin in Indonesia: The word ‘satay’ is believed to have originated from the Indonesian term “sate,” and it’s deeply rooted in the country’s culinary landscape. The island of Java, in particular, is frequently cited as the dish’s birthplace, where it was first sold by street vendors as a simple, yet flavorful, skewer of meat.
  2. Influence from Traders and Immigrants: While Indonesia can proudly claim satay as its own, the dish’s proliferation throughout Southeast Asia was influenced by traders, immigrants, and the region’s intrinsic interconnectedness. As they moved, they brought along their culinary treasures, adapting and integrating satay into local cuisines. This has led to the various interpretations of satay found across countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.
  3. From Simple Street Food to Global Delight: Over time, satay evolved from a humble street food to a culinary ambassador of Southeast Asian flavors. Whether you’re munching on a skewer by a street vendor in Bali or enjoying a refined satay dish in a Western gourmet restaurant, this dish has managed to enchant taste buds worldwide.

So, the next time you savor those delectable skewers or, in our case, a zoodle bowl infused with satay flavors, remember the rich history that’s marinated into every bite!


The Buddha Bowl Breakdown: Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Edition

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Ah, the Buddha Bowl, a harmonious ensemble of vibrant ingredients, balanced not just in flavor but also in nutrition. Each Buddha Bowl has its own unique narrative, and our Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl is no exception. Let’s delve into the zen of this particular bowl and uncover the serenity each layer brings:

  1. Base – Zoodles: Spiraled zucchini, or as we lovingly call them, “zoodles,” form the foundation of this dish. They’re light, refreshing, and an excellent low-carb alternative to traditional noodles. With a crisp texture, they balance out the rich flavors to follow.
  2. Protein – Flank Steak: Beef isn’t just for those hearty winter stews! Thinly sliced and perfectly seasoned flank steak brings a robust flavor and essential proteins. Cooked to tender perfection, it’s the meaty bite that complements the freshness of the zoodles.
  3. Veggies – Carrots and Green Beans: These aren’t just your ordinary side veggies; julienned carrots add a splash of color and a sweet crunch, while green beans give that earthy touch. They’re nature’s jewels, packed with vitamins and a delightful crunch.
  4. Dressing – Spicy Peanut Sauce: Ah, the pièce de résistance! This sauce brings it all together. Creamy peanut butter mixed with tangy and spicy notes from the chili, ginger, and garlic—this dressing drapes over every component, binding them in a flavorful embrace.
  5. Garnish – Microgreens and Cashews: A touch of elegance in every dish, the microgreens lend a subtle, fresh flavor, while the cashews offer that much-needed crunch and a nutty undertone.

Buddha Bowls are all about balance, both in taste and nutrition. Our Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl echoes this philosophy, presenting a meal that’s as satisfying for the palate as it is for the soul. Dive in and experience culinary zen!


Noodle & Nuts: The Satay Zoodle Bowl FAQ

  • Can I substitute the beef with another protein? Absolutely! While the recipe uses flank steak, you can easily swap it for chicken, tofu, or shrimp. Just make sure to adjust cooking times accordingly and ensure your protein of choice is cooked through.
  • I have a peanut allergy. What can I use in place of peanut butter for the sauce? If peanuts are a no-go, almond or cashew butter make great substitutes for the peanut sauce. They’ll provide a slightly different flavor, but still deliver that creamy, nutty goodness. Remember to check for any other allergens when making substitutions.
  • How can I store leftovers? Place any leftover components separately in airtight containers. The zoodles, especially, should be kept apart to prevent them from getting soggy. When you’re ready to enjoy again, heat the beef and veggies and assemble your bowl fresh. The peanut sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Can I add more veggies to the bowl? Of course! The beauty of a Buddha Bowl is its versatility. Feel free to throw in some bell peppers, broccoli, or snap peas—whatever your heart (and stomach) desires.
  • I don’t have zoodles. Can I use regular noodles? Yes, if you don’t have zoodles or prefer traditional noodles, go for it! Spaghetti, udon, or even rice noodles can be a great fit. Just cook them as per package instructions and layer them in your Buddha Bowl.

Remember, recipes are just a guideline. Feel free to mix, match, and adjust to your personal preferences or dietary needs!

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Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce Recipe

Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce Recipe

This Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl is a delicious and healthy dish that combines tender beef, spiralized zucchini noodles (zoodles), and a rich peanut sauce. The beef is marinated in a flavorful satay sauce, then grilled to perfection. The zoodles add a refreshing crunch, while the peanut sauce adds a creamy and nutty flavor to the dish. It's a quick and easy recipe that's packed with protein and packed with flavor, making it a satisfying meal option for any day of the week.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course, sauce
Servings 4
Calories 418 kcal


Spicy peanut sauce: Yields ½ cup

  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • ½ ginger grated
  • Water to thin out to your preferred consistency

Peanut Beef Satay Zoodle Bowl

  • 1 ½ lb. flank steak thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1 cup carrots julienned
  • 1 cup green beans trimmed
  • 16 oz. zoodles

To Serve: 

  • Microgreens
  • Cashews


  • Make your peanut sauce. Combine all ingredients except water into a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin out to desired consistency.
  • Make beef. Heat a large pan over medium high heat with olive oil. Add beef and cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes then season with salt and pepper. Remove beef and add carrots and green beans and cook for about 5-8 minutes until crisp, but tender and season with salt and pepper.
  • Build your bowls. Place zoodles in the bottom of your bowl then top with beef, carrots, green beans, microgreens, cashews, and peanut sauce.


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 43gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 462mgPotassium: 1162mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 5814IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 4mg
Keyword buddha bowl, buddhabowl, peanut sauce, satay chicken, signature buddha bowl, zoodle bowl
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