Mongolian Beef Satay

5 from 4 votes

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Mongolian Beef Satay is full of flavor! Strips of beef marinated in rich peanut oil, ginger, garlic and other spices then grilled to tender perfection. Easy and so delicious!Mongolian Beef Satay with a side of dipping sauce on a white tray.

Mongolian Beef Satay

This Mongolian Beef Satay started out as an experiment and turned out absolutely delicious! I have been wanting to try a beef satay but I wasn’t crazy about any of the recipes I found online. So I decided to take the ingredients from our Mongolian Beef recipe and condense them into a marinade. At first my husband was a little annoyed that I cut up all the beef for this recipe (he had wanted to make a steak) but he took one bite and changed his tune pretty fast! In fact, he kept sneaking sticks of it and before I knew it, the beef satay was all gone! Next time I’m making a batch and keeping it all for myself! You’ll love the sweet, slightly spicy and tender beef. So yummy!

Spices and Seasonings for Satay

This recipe features sweet and spicy flavors that are really easy to put together. Here’s all you need:

  • Peanut oil (or if you have a peanut allergy you can use vegetable oil)
  • Ginger (fresh or dried, up to you)
  • Red pepper flakes (a little goes a long way, so use a tiny bit at first and then add more for extra spice)
  • Soy sauce
  • Dark brown sugar (the darker sugar adds more color and flavor to the sauce)

Spicy Dipping Sauce

Most beef satay recipes have a peanut dipping sauce, which if you prefer you can find HERE on our chicken satay recipe. But I decided to mix things up and do a spicy sauce which made the meal a yummy combination of sweet and spicy. This sauce is basically a combination of mayo, sour cream, sriracha, some lime juice and garlic powder. That’s it! So easy and absolutely delicious!

What to Serve with Beef Satay

This marinated beef tastes delicious on its own with the dipping sauces or you can serve with simple white rice, or serve it alongside any of these delicious dishes:

How to Make Mongolian Beef Satay

Mongolian Beef Satay with a side of dipping sauce on a white tray.

Mongolian Beef Satay

5 from 4 votes
Mongolian Beef Satay is full of flavor! Strips of beef marinated in rich peanut oil, ginger, garlic and other spices then grilled to tender perfection. Easy and so delicious!

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8


  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill



Spicy Dipping Sauce:


  • Mix together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Cut the beef into long thin strips, then stir it into the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. About an hour before serving, mix together the sauce ingredients and refrigerate. Then soak the wood skewers in a water bath. (This will keep them from catching on fire during grilling).
  • About 20 minutes before serving, thread the meat onto the skewers, baste the meat with some of the marinade, then discard the excess.
  • Grill for about 6 to 7 minutes on each side over direct high heat, only turning once.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts and serve with spicy dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 33gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1028mgPotassium: 554mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 3mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. I made this tonight, but instead of discarding the marinade, I boiled it, then added some corn starch to thicken to use over rice. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I must ask. What is the difference in beef satay and other beef recipes, such as the regular Mongolia Beef. Is it just the way the meat is cut or just a better cut of beef? I’ve always wondered what makes it “satay”. Just wondering. Thanks.

    1. A satay is seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat served with a dipping sauce. The difference is in the way the meat is prepared and served, not necessarily the cut of beef. I hope this answers your question!

  3. 5 stars
    Sweet mother of pearl this was fantastic! I loved this! The only change I made was to do 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of mayo for the sauce (because I don’t care for mayo too much), and added an extra spoon of chili sauce because we like it spicy! Will be making this again and again!

  4. 5 stars
    This was great. I didn’t find the sauce very spicy and added some more chili sauce. Thanks for coming through for dinner again!