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Thai Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Pork Satay, yum!   We love street food and we have captured the flavors of Thailand in our recipe of Thai Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce.  Tender, juicy bits of marinated pork with smokey charred edges. These are equally as delicious as our favorite Thai restaurant.

close up of pork satay skewers

Moo Ping is Thai-speak for Pork Satay. Marinated pork, skewered on sticks and grilled over hot coals. What is it about scarfing down these flavorful bits of grilled meat on a stick that tastes so good?

What is Thai Street Food?

Street food is an integral part of Thailand cuisine. Street food vendors are on the streets all across Thailand with their grilling stalls. They serve up a variety of quick snacks some of which are a full meal. Here is a quick look at just a few exotic examples of street food to choose from:

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Tender bites of pork in a marinade

Moo ping is food on a stick!  Pork satay is one of Thailand’s best street snacks. Bits of pork marinated in a mix of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sugar along with whatever the cook decides to add to create a sweet and savory flavor.  The marinated pork is threaded on skewers and grilled over hot coals. Street vendors usually serve these grilled pork satay skewers with sticky rice and a dipping sauce.

Pad See Eiw is the spaghetti and meatballs of Thailand. A dish of comforting wide noodles with stir-fried vegetables, chicken, pork or beef. Served in a bowl with the sautéing soy sauce. It is lightly spiced with separate dishes of chiles for the brave of heart to add to taste.

Som Tam is a popular Thailand street food served in a variety of styles. This is a salad! Shredded green papaya is the main ingredient. A mortar and pestle mash garlic, fish sauce, chilies and lime juice together and tossed with the green papaya. This is a spicy, hot dish.

Kluay Tod is your dessert! An under-ripe Burro banana, coated in a batter of coconut and sesame seeds and deep-fried. The result is a slightly crunchy golden crust with a creamy, warm center.

collage of two photos of grilled pork satay
Grilled Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

How to make Thai Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce:  

This is so easy and sooo delicious!  Bite-size bits of succulent pork in an Asian-flavor marinade then threaded on bamboo sticks.  Grill the pork over hot coals until caramelized and crisp. 

We recently posted our Lemongrass Chicken Satay which is equally as delicious as this pork satay.  Check out how easy this is to make.  You can do this!  ?

three skewers of pork satay and some peanut sauce
Grilled pork satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce
  • In a small dish, combine the marinade ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Place the pork pieces in a dish large enough to hold the pork in one layer.  Pour the marinade over the pork, coating each piece well.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3-4 hours.
  • Thread the pork onto the skewers, brush with oil and grill over medium coals until the edges begin to char slightly and the meat cooked through.

Serve this pork satay with our spicy peanut sauce:

Serve this Thai pork satay with a fragrant Jasmine rice and a spicy peanut sauce to dip the succulent bites of pork into. This recipe makes a thick sweet-spicy sauce.  It is delicious on our soba noodles, shrimp and peanut sauce. 

Homemade spicy peanut sauce in a jar and in a dish with spoon, pork satay skewers
Homemade Spicy Peanut Sauce

A cucumber salad and some kimchee make really great sides as well. Enjoy!

SOME OTHER RECIPES WE ARE SURE YOU WILL LOVE:

  • Salmon with Thai Yellow Curry  This is easy and fast! Asian one-pot dinner made with a prepared curry sauce.  Moist broiled fillets of Salmon with Thai Yellow Curry served on a bed of black rice and a side of bok choy.
  • Thai Yellow Curry Chicken and Potatoes Thai yellow curry chicken and potatoes. The curry sauce is mild and luxuriously creamy.
  • Thai Pumpkin Soup  This soup has a nice balance of spices and the flavorful coconut cream gives it the thick creaminess.   

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close up of pork satay skewers

Thai Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Thai Pork Satay is one of the most favored street foods in Thailand! Bits of pork marinated in a mix of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sugar along with whatever the cook decides to add to create a sweet and savory flavor.  The marinated pork is threaded on skewers and grilled over hot coals. Street vendors usually serve these grilled pork satay skewers with sticky rice and a dipping sauce.

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground white peppercorns
  • 4 tablespoons palm sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

For the Pork:

  • 1.5 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked for 2-3 hours
  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame oil to brush the pork

Spicy Peanut Sauce

Instructions

  1. In a small dish, combine the marinade ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Place the pork pieces in a dish large enough to hold the pork in one layer. Pour the marinade over the pork, coating each piece well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3-4 hours.
  3. Thread the pork onto the skewers, pushing together snugly. Place on a plate and refrigerate until the grill is ready.
  4. Prepare your grill with enough coals to maintain a medium-heat.
  5. When the coals are ready, baste the pork lightly with oil and place the skewers on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly charred and lift off the grill easily. Using tongs, turn the skewers and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the pork is again lightly charred and cooked throughout.
  6. Serve hot or room temperature, garnished with lime wedges, fresh Thai basil, hot Jasmine rice and spicy peanut sauce .

Notes

  • Pork with a little fat is a better choice than a very lean cut of pork. Pork shoulder is our choice.
  • Soy sauce can be used in place of the tamari sauce but it is not gluten-free
  • Nutrition information does not include the spicy peanut sauce. See the recipe for spicy peanut sauce to get the nutrition info for that sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 Sticks
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Street food is awesome, isn't it? Love it -- any and all. And speaking of awesome, this recipe looks over-the-top good. Super flavors. Great pictures, too. Thanks!

Pat Nyswonger

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Thank you, John...I love this stuff! The Lemongrass Chicken Satay is another favorite....try them, you will like them. Thanks for the kudos ?

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