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Today’s recipe does double duty as an appetizer or a main course; pork satay with spicy peanut dipping sauce, made from super-lean pork tenderloin. It’s easy to grab a package of trimmed tenderloin at your favorite grocery; prep is just a matter of measuring and mixing ingredients. And when it comes to cooking, you can choose whether to broil it in the oven or get that smoky outdoor flavor from the grill!
Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce
Adapted from: a recipe from Kroger
Serves: 6 as appetizers; 4 as the main course
- bamboo skewers
- 1½ lbs. boneless pork loin
- 2 tbs peanut oil
- 2 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbs rice vinegar
- 1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/3 c peanut butter (or 1/3 c mixed peanut butter powder + water; check label for proportions)
- 1/2 c coconut milk (light or regular; your choice)
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs fish sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 4 scallions, both white and green parts, sliced thin
- toasted sesame seeds
- Lay the bamboo skewers flat in a baking pan, cover with water, and soak for at least 30 minutes
- Cut pork tenderloin into 1-inch cubes. Add the cubes to a 1-gallon sturdy zipper plastic bag.
Add the 7 marinade ingredients to the zippered plastic bag. Shake well to mix the marinade and coat the pork cubes. Seal and marinate the pork cubes for 30 min –1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Meanwhile, assemble the dipping sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside
Pre-heat the broiler (or start the grill). Thread the pork onto bamboo skewers.
- Broil/grill the pork skewers for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are cooked through, .
- Serve the skewers with the dipping sauce, sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.
Notes: If the satay will be your main course, I’d like to suggest that you serve it with cauliflower rice, steamed asparagus, and a simple oil & vinegar cucumber salad!
Photograph via Kroger