I friended Freek on Facebook as we had a lot of mutual BBQ contacts. The Netherlands is a country that is crazy about grilling and BBQ- I have a lot of friends from that country who are world class grillers and I’m adding Freek to the list. This recipe is straight from his blog, Freeks Food:

“Beef Skewers are some of the best grilling food. They’re delicious, a change of pace, and the national food of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Clearly, beef skewers have something to them.”

Indonesian Beef Skewers

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Indonesian Beef Skewers

Indonesian Beef Skewers

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  • Author: Robyn


– 1,5 pounds boneless top sirloin steak
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon salad oil
– 1 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon ground coriander

You also need a Basting Sauce and a Peanut Sauce
(recipes follow).


  1. Cut meat into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a bowl, combine garlic, soy sauce, oil, cumin and coriander.
  3. Add meat and stir to coat, then cover and refridgerate for at least 2 hours or until next day, stirring occasionally.
  4. Prepare Basting Sauce and Peanut Sauce. Soak 10 to 12 long bamboo skewers in water.
  5. Lift meat from marinade and thread 4 or 5 pieces of meat on each skewer.
  6. Arrange skewers on a lightly greased grill 2 to 4 inches above a solid bed of hot coals.
  7. Grill, turning often, until well browned and done to your liking. Cut to test (8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare).
  8. About 3 minutes before meat is done, brush all over with Basting Sauce. Serve with the Peanut Sauce.

Basting Sauce

In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cumin and ground coriander.

Peanut Sauce:

  1. In a small pan, combine 1 cup water, 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, and 2 cloves garlic (minced or pressed).
    Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until mixture boils and thickens.
    Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar, 1,5 tablespoon lemon juice,
    1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon chili powder.
    Serve hot.

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