Javanese Lamb Sate with Peanut Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 4

In the old days in Beverly Hills, this lamb dish was served as a main course, with five or six pieces of meat on each skewer. We use it here as an appetizer.


For the Lamb

  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped peeled yellow onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Trader Vic's sate spice (see Trader Vic's)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 14 tsp. fresh oregano leaves
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 1-lb. piece boneless lamb leg, fat and sinew trimmed, cut in to 24 pieces, 1⁄2" × 1 1⁄2" × 2"
  • Salt

For the Sauce

  • 14 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened canned coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. tomato-based chile sauce


Step 1

For the lamb: Combine oil, celery, onions, garlic, bay leaf, vinegar, honey, sate spice, lemon juice and zest, oregano, and pepper to taste in a medium glass or ceramic bowl. Add lamb, cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. Skewer each piece of lamb onto a wooden skewer, then discard marinade.

Step 2

For the sauce: Puree peanut butter, coconut milk, butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, and chile sauce together in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small heavy pot and heat, stirring frequently, until glossy and warm, about 1 minute. Set sauce aside.

Step 3

Heat a well-seasoned grill pan over high heat. Season lamb with salt and pepper and grill until browned on each side, 45-60 seconds per side for medium rare.

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