Sizzling Sate Prawns: Your Next Mouth-Watering Meal

Indulge your cravings and add some excitement to your dinner table with this Sate Prawns recipe. If you’re a seafood lover and enjoy bold flavors, then you’ll be drawn to every single ingredient in this dish. Made with peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, and an array of spices, this dish offers a taste of Southeast Asia right in the comfort of your own home.

The combination of garlic and onion adds an earthy flavor to balance the sweetness and spice of the sauce. And the star of this recipe, the shrimp itself, packs a protein punch while giving your taste buds something to cheer for.

When it comes to preparing the meal, rest assured that it is both easy and quick; only requiring a bit of marinating and skewering before throwing it onto the grill. Whether eaten as an appetizer or enjoyed as a full meal, serving these Sate Prawns will turn any ordinary gathering into a memorable feast.

So roll up your sleeves and head to your kitchen for this deliciously simple recipe that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Your guests will be asking for seconds and tips on how to make it themselves!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sate Prawns (Shrimp)
Sate Prawns (Shrimp)

Indulging in a plate of perfectly seasoned and grilled prawns is always a worthwhile experience. But why settle for just any shrimp dish when you could have the irresistible Sate Prawns (Shrimp) recipe? Trust me when I say this recipe will blow your mind and leave you wanting more.

What sets this dish apart is the exquisite flavor profile created by the combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, curry powder, and ground mustard. The prawns are marinated in a spicy peanut sauce and grilled to perfection, creating a mouthwatering aroma that will have your taste buds tingling with anticipation.

But that’s not all – this recipe is highly versatile and can be adapted to suit a variety of preferences. Try using king prawns or even chicken instead of regular shrimp to add more depth to the flavors. If you’re a vegetarian, consider grilling skewers of mixed vegetables marinated in the same delicious sate sauce.

Whether you’re hosting guests or indulging in some self-care at home, these Sate Prawns (Shrimp) are just what you need to take your dining experience to the next level. So what are you waiting for? Dig into this delectable dish and let the flavors transport you straight to paradise!

Ingredient List

 Fresh, succulent prawns make perfect sate skewers
Fresh, succulent prawns make perfect sate skewers

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated or crushed.
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely grated or chopped.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard.
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder.
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry.
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  • Juice of 1 lime.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Shrimp Satay:

  • 3/4 pound of peeled and deveined prawns (shrimp).
  • Bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes.

Satay Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of groundnut (peanut) oil.
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated or crushed.
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Juice of half a lime.
  • ¼ cup of smooth peanut butter.
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk.

Note: You will also need a food processor to make the satay sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 The marinade is the key to the sate's deep flavor
The marinade is the key to the sate’s deep flavor

Now, we come to the heart of the matter – the recipe for Sate Prawns/Shrimp. Follow these instructions step-by-step, and you’ll surely produce a dish that will impress your guests and your taste buds alike.


  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs. of large prawns*, peeled and deveined
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Curry powder, 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Dried Mustard, 1 tsp.
  • Brown sugar, 1 tsp.
  • Garlic Cloves, finely minced, 3 to 4
  • Onion, finely minced, 1/2
  • Soy sauce low sodium if preferred, 1 tbsp.
  • Dry sherry, or mirin; about 1 tbsp.
  • Peanut oil or vegetable oil; about half a cup


Step One: The Marinade

Mix together curry powder, dried mustard powder and brown sugar in a bowl. Add minced garlic and onion to the mixture. Add soy sauce and dry sherry (or mirin) to this mixture of spices. Stir it well until combined.

Step Two: The Prawns

Take the peeled prawns and put them in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the prawns while they are in the bowl. Toss it well to ensure that prawns are coated evenly with marinade. Let it chill in a refrigerator for at least an hour.

Step Three: Prepping Skewers

Preheat your grill pan or outdoor grill on medium-high heat for about three minutes while prepping skewers. Thread two marinated prawns per skewer.

Step Four: Grilling Prawns

Rub some peanut oil (or any vegetable oil) over prawns as well as your grill pan/grate. Grill the skewered prawns for roughly two minutes per side until they turn pink in color on both sides.

Step Five: Peanut Dipping Sauce

While grilling prawns, prepare a dipping sauce by mixing together 1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter with one tablespoon each of soy sauce and brown sugar. Add three tablespoons of water to make a thick dipping sauce that perfectly complements the Satay Spicy Peanut flavor profile.

Serve warm Sate Prawns/Shrimp with a side of spicy peanut dipping sauce along with sides like Thai cucumber salad, sticky rice or regular rice.

Note: If you cannot find large prawns/shrimp, you can use smaller ones instead but keep in mind that you will have to adjust cooking time accordingly.

Substitutions and Variations

 Grilled to perfection, these prawns are juicy and smoky
Grilled to perfection, these prawns are juicy and smoky

Our sate prawns (shrimp) recipe is a versatile dish that can be easily customized to suit your preferences. Here are some possible substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Protein: Although this recipe calls for prawns (shrimp), you can also use other types of seafood, such as squid, scallops or fish. If you prefer meat, you could use chicken or beef instead. For vegetarians or vegans, you could try marinated tofu or tempeh as an alternative.

– Spiciness: If you like your food spicy, feel free to add more chili flakes or fresh chili peppers to the marinade. On the other hand, if you prefer a milder flavor, you could reduce or omit the spices altogether.

– Sauce: The recipe includes a delicious peanut dipping sauce, but if you don’t like peanuts or have an allergy, you could substitute with another nut butter such as cashew or almond butter. Alternatively, you could make a different sauce altogether, such as a sweet and sour dipping sauce or a soy-ginger sauce.

– Curry Powder: The curry powder in this recipe gives it a distinctive flavor profile. However, If you do not like curry powder you can substitute it with Garam masala for a different flavor experience.

– Vegetables: To add some greenery to the dish, consider adding vegetables to the skewers alongside the prawns. Some great options include bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes or zucchini.

– Marinade Time: For a stronger marinade and richer flavor experience like Thai satay prawns marinade thread two shrimp on skewers then allow them to sit in the fridge from anywhere between 1 to 6 hours before cooking or grilling.

Each variation adds its own personal touch with its unique flavors that would satisfy any palate. Incorporating changes and experimenting with different ingredients can result in new taste and take this dish to the next level.

Serving and Pairing

 These sate prawns are a showstopper at any party
These sate prawns are a showstopper at any party

After cooking up a batch of these sate prawns, you’ll be pleased to know that you have a plethora of serving and pairing options. The sate prawns are perfect as an appetizer or as part of the main course. They pair excellently with a variety of side dishes, such as steamed rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad.

If you’re looking for a fun finger-food option for your next party, consider serving sate prawns on skewers alongside a spicy peanut dipping sauce for a unique and delicious presentation. You can also chop the cooked prawns and add them to stir-fried noodles or fried rice for an even heartier meal.

For a more substantial main course, consider adding sate prawns to dishes like Pad Thai or satay curry. Their rich flavor pairs well with many different Asian-inspired cuisines. You could also skewer larger king prawns and grill them for an elegant seafood dish that’s sure to impress.

To wash down the spice and sweetness of the shrimp satay, we suggest pairing it with a cold beer or crisp white wine. If you’re looking for non-alcoholic options, green tea or iced tea with lemon would make excellent complements.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these sate prawns, they are sure to impress your guests and leave a lasting impression on their taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A sprinkle of chopped peanuts and cilantro add crunch and freshness
A sprinkle of chopped peanuts and cilantro add crunch and freshness

Preparing for a party can be a stressful event, but with the right planning and preparation, hosting an amazing gathering can be easy and stress-free. The Sate Prawns recipe is a perfect make-ahead dish that can save you time and allow you to focus on other areas of your party planning.

If you’re keen on preparing the sate prawns ahead of time, it’s best to marinate them in the spicy peanut sauce 24 hours before grilling or broiling them. This will ensure that the flavors are well-absorbed by the prawns, making them tender and more flavorful. After threading them onto skewers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready for grilling or broiling.

Storing leftover sate prawns is easy. Simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you’re not planning on eating them within that time frame, freeze them instead. Ensure that they’re placed in a sealed container or ziplock bag to prevent freezer burn.

Reheating leftover sate prawns is quick and easy as well. You can choose to reheat them in the oven or microwave. For best results, thaw frozen sate prawns overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Then, place them on a baking sheet and heat in the oven at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or microwave them for 2-3 minutes until they’re heated through.

Serving recommendations include pairing with Thai peanut shrimp skewers, chicken satay skewers, or grilled king prawns for a variety of tasty choices. Adding dipping sauce such as fish sauce or sate sauce can add an additional layer of flavor and depth to your dish.

By following these suggestions, you’ll be able to lighten your load when prepping for your next party while still impressing your guests with this deliciously flavorful sate prawns recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Prepping the prawns ahead of time makes assembling the sate skewers a breeze
Prepping the prawns ahead of time makes assembling the sate skewers a breeze

When it comes to cooking sate prawns, there are a number of tips and tricks you can use to achieve perfect results every time. Here are some of my tried-and-true methods for making the most delicious sate prawns shrimp:

1. Use fresh ingredients: This may go without saying, but using fresh, high-quality ingredients is essential for making great sate prawns. Make sure your prawns shrimp are peeled and deveined before marinating.

2. Marinate for at least 30 minutes: To infuse your prawns shrimp with flavor, let them marinate in the satay sauce for at least 30 minutes before grilling or stir-frying.

3. Thread carefully: When you’re threading the prawns shrimp onto skewers, be sure to do so carefully and tightly so that they don’t fall off during cooking.

4. Don’t overcook: Overcooking shrimp can cause them to become tough and rubbery. Be sure to cook them just until they turn pink and opaque, which should take only a few minutes depending on your cooking method.

5. Pair with the right sauce: While sate prawns shrimp are delicious on their own, they’re even better when paired with a flavorful dipping sauce like spicy peanut or fish sauce-based sauce.

By following these tips and techniques, you can ensure that your sate prawns come out perfectly every time – flavorful, juicy and tender!


As your culinary guide, I know that trying a new recipe for the first time can lead to many questions. That’s why, in this section, I have compiled and answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this sate prawns (shrimp) recipe. I’ll try to provide you with as much information as possible, so you can execute the recipe with confidence and ease. Let’s dive into the FAQs!

How to make shrimp satay?

Let’s get these shrimp ready for the grill! In a sizeable bowl, mix together some minced garlic, salty fish sauce with a Thai twist, soy sauce and a touch of sweet brown sugar until it’s all blended together nicely. Once you’ve let your shrimp marinate for a bit in this flavorful mixture, take two shrimp and load them onto each skewer. But now what? Heat up either a grill pan or a skillet over medium heat on your stove for cooking. Keep cooking until you’ve cooked up all of the skewers.

Does satay sauce contain shrimp?

When it comes to satay sauce recipes, there are some variations that are perfect for vegetarians. One of the common ingredients in such recipes is peanuts, along with coconut milk and an array of spices. Nonetheless, certain recipes may incorporate shrimp paste or fish sauce, which aren’t usually recommended for those with vegetarian preferences.

How many calories are in king prawn satay?

When analyzing the nutritional value of the main courses, it was observed that per serving, the king prawn satay had the least amount of calories with only 608 kcals. This option also had lower levels of total fat, which amounted to 28 grams, and saturated fat, which was only 7 grams. In comparison to the other two main courses, this option is a healthier choice.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing recipe that’s sure to impress your guests, look no further than the savory and flavorful sate prawns recipe. With its bold, aromatic blend of spices and seasonings, this dish is perfect for any occasion and is versatile enough to be tweaked and modified to suit your personal tastes.

Whether you’re a casual home cook or an experienced chef, the sate prawns recipe is easy to follow and yields impressive results. From marinating the shrimp in the perfect blend of sauces and spices to grilling them to perfection on skewers, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for bold Asian flavors.

So go ahead and give the sate prawns recipe a try at your next party or gathering. Your guests are sure to love the mouthwatering flavors and aromas of this classic dish, and you’ll love how easy it is to prepare. With its succulent shrimp, spicy peanut dipping sauce, and aromatic seasonings, this recipe is a culinary masterpiece that’s sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Sate Prawns (Shrimp)

Sate Prawns (Shrimp) Recipe

This is a combination of two sate recipes from the Australian Womens Weekly Chinese Cookbook circa 1970's. We use Jimmy's Sate sauce which is a bean based sate with peanuts but they are not the predominate flavour or ingredient. Have not included time for peeling prawns but it takes me about 30 to 40 minutes to peel a kilo (the larger the prawns the quicker to peel). We have also used this recipe to make beef sate which takes a little longer to cook, we use rump which I pound out and cut into small bite size squares.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indonesian
Calories 339.2 kcal


  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed or minced)
  • 1 onion (peeled, quartered and segmented)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 tablespoons satay sauce
  • 4 tablespoons thickened cream (heavy)
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry (or Chinese rice wine)
  • 1 kg prawns (raw, pealed and deveined, leave tails on if you wish, we don't)
  • peanut oil (to stir fry)


  • Mix curry powder, sugar and dried mustard in a small dish.
  • Mix sate sauce, cream and sherry in a jug.
  • Stir fry prawns in batches till just cooked (time will depend on size of prawns) put on a plate and put to one side keeping warm (cover with a lid or alfoil).
  • Add more oil if needed and sauté onions until just translucent and then add garlic, curry powder and mustard mix and fry till fragrant.
  • Return prawns and any juices to the pan and add cream, sate sauce and sherry mix and stir till warmed through.
  • Serve with rice.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 299gCalories: 339.2kcalCarbohydrates: 10.1gProtein: 46.6gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 447.4mgSodium: 1897mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 3.1g
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