Turkey Satay and Cookbook Giveaway Winner

Turkey Satay

The fourth week of November is the beginning of the year-end holiday season. This year there is a special anticipation at our house because Ro-Taro (eldest son) will soon be home from college for Thanksgiving. You can be sure that I will be cooking up a storm in the next few days.

This week is going to be a busy one for me. There is shopping, decorating, and baking to be done. I will be going to the store to pick up a fresh turkey for the big meal. A turkey for Thanksgiving is a must for my boys. How different from when I was growing up in Malaysia. In fact, I have never heard of Thanksgiving nor eaten turkey until my final year of secondary school (equivalent to high school here).

Turkey could only be purchased at specialty supermarkets and was something eaten by foreigners during Christmas as per the British custom. My first taste of turkey was at a friend’s house and I remember it was such a novelty. The turkey was chopped into small pieces and deep fried, much like fried chicken.

Turkey Satay

With Thanksgiving just days away, this month’s theme for World on a Plate is TURKEY of course! I am representing Malaysia and since turkey is not a meat commonly eaten there, I had to use some creative license to come up with a presentable dish. I decided on satay (grilled skewered meat) as turkey meat is similar to that of chicken and chicken satay is very popular in Malaysia. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised with these Turkey Satay.

Turkey Satay

I also made a simplified version of the satay peanut sauce using crunchy peanut butter. It turned out really well. Do not omit the peanut sauce as it is a must with satay. I think you will enjoy this Turkey Satay. Do give it a try! :)

Turkey Satay
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 20 oz (560g) boneless turkey breast tenderloins, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Oil for brushing
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
Spice Paste
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced bottom third into rings
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
Satay Peanut Sauce
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced bottom third into rings
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • ½ cup (120g) chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Soak 12 skewers in water for an hour.
  2. Blend the two onions and lemongrass in a blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour into a large bowl and remove half into a separate smaller bowl for the satay peanut sauce.
  3. Mix in ground coriander, turmeric, chili powder, and sugar. Add turkey and give it a good stir to get meat well coated with spices. Cover with plastic wrap and allow meat to marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour. It is best to marinade over night. The longer meat is marinated, the better the flavor.
  4. Thread 5 pieces of marinated turkey onto each skewer until all turkey pieces are used up.
  5. Grill chicken under broiler for 8 to 9 minutes on each side. Alternatively, cook turkey over barbecue grill brushing with oil. Turn the skewers frequently to prevent meat from burning. Turkey should be slightly charred on the outside and just cooked on the inside.
  6. Remove and serve immediately with satay peanut sauce, sliced cucumber, and onions.
Satay Peanut Sauce
  1. Heat canola oil in a small saucepan. Stir fry blended onion and lemongrass for 5 to 6 minutes. Add peanut butter and ¾ cup (180ml) water. Stir until combined.
  2. Add Sriracha sauce, tamarind paste, sugar, and salt. Reduce heat and allow it to cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and serve warm or at room temperature.

Turkey Satay

And now for the winner of my Cookbook Giveaway. Drum roll please…..

Congratulations Hillary, commenter No. 14! You are the winner of my cookbook giveaway. Please send me an email with your address so that the Mum’s Not Cooking cookbook can be mailed to you as soon as possible. I can be reach at rotinrice@gmail.com. THANK YOU all for participating!

Winner of MNC Cookbook

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎


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  1. Robyn says

    Darn it! I really wanted to win this. I am not all that fond of turkey, but this recipe looks good. Cookbooks are my secret passion.

  2. says

    Wow Biren! That looks amazing!! I cooked dinner hours ago but have been too occupied to eat with hubs and my boys. Now I’m feel faint looking at your satay 😛 < See my tongue hanging out! I really, really want a few sticks, dripping with some of that thick satay sauce!! Think I better go eat now LOL

    Congratulations Hillary, I hope you enjoy reading and using the book.

  3. says

    My family just had satay last night! Came back from a day trip and we stopped over at the Kesas Highway for satay!
    Your turkey satay certainly looks delicious! That’s really creative of you!
    Congratulations to the winner!

  4. says

    YUM! Turkey satay sounds like a wonderful idea! It certainly looks absolutely delicious. How exciting that your son will be home this week. Sounds like you have a fun and exciting week planned! Happy thanksgiving Darlin!

  5. Guinan says

    I’m dutch and – due to our colonial Indonesian past – satay is very prominent on our menu. I’ve never heard of using turkey, but as it closely resembles chicken (which we DO use) I’m sure it will be delicious and I’ll certainly try your recipe in the near future!
    Just a TIP: I you want to prevent the wooden skewers from burning, soak them in water before using.


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