Author Elfie V
Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

Savor the combination of tender pork which is marinated and threaded onto skewers, with enriched flavors of sweet sauce, tangy tamarind, and other special spices.
Easy to cook and delicious Indonesian Pork Satay.

Indonesian Pork Satay is a tantalizing dish that encapsulates the essence of Indonesian cuisine. This culinary creation features succulent pork pieces, marinated to perfection, threaded onto skewers, and then grilled or barbecued to achieve a delightful smoky flavor. The process of making Indonesian Pork Satay begins with selecting quality pork cuts, usually a combination of lean and slightly fatty portions to ensure a balance of tenderness and flavor. The pork pieces are then marinated in a mixture of spices, which often includes elements such as garlic, shallots, coriander, sweet sauce (kecap manis), and other spices. This marinade infuses the pork with aromatic undertones and enhances its natural taste. What truly distinguishes Indonesian Pork Satay is the exquisite sauce that accompanies the dish. The sweet sauce is typically prepared using a base of Indonesian sweet sauce (kecap manis), which lends a rich caramelized sweetness. To balance the sweetness, other ingredients like tamarind paste or lime juice are often added, providing a tangy contrast that cuts through the richness of the pork.

YIELDS 2 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 45 minute(s)


  • 300g pork meat, cut 1x2 cm
  • 2 tbsp sweet sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tamarind water
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 8-10 skewers

Mashed Ingredients

  • 50 ml of water
  • 3 garlic
  • 4 shallots
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp roasted coriander


  • Sweet sauce (kecap manis)
  • Lime
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chopped shallots



Blend all the Mashed Ingredients.

Step 1 of cooking Indonesian Pork Satay.

Add sweet sauce (kecap manis), soy sauce, tamarind water, and pepper.

Step 2 of cooking Indonesian Pork Satay.

Mix the blended ingredients with the pork meat, gently press the meat, and marinate for 30 minutes. Prepare the skewers, add 4-5 pieces of meat onto each skewer.

Step 3 of cooking Indonesian Pork Satay.

Add 3-4 tbsp of oil over medium heat on a non-stick pan. When it's hot enough, put the satay as shown in the photo. Don't forget to turn over the pork satay until it's cooked and browned.

Step 4 of cooking Indonesian Pork Satay.

Serve the Pork Satay accompanied by a drizzling of sweet sauce (kecap manis), a squeeze of lime, slices of shallots, and cayenne pepper.

Step 5 of cooking Indonesian Pork Satay.

Author Elfie V
Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

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