Beef Satay with Ginger Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 5 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 to 2 Tbs. honey
- 2 Tbs. peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Thai chili, finely sliced (optional)
- 2 lemongrass stalks, white portion only, finely diced
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 green onions, white portion only, finely diced
- 2 Tbs. light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 flank steak, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lb., trimmed of excess fat
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the soy sauce, the mirin, 2 Tbs. of the sesame oil, the lime juice and honey. Stir in the ginger, 2 of the garlic cloves and the chili. Transfer the ginger dipping sauce to a small serving bowl.
In a blender or food processor, combine the remaining 1/2 cup soy sauce, the remaining 3 Tbs. sesame oil, the lemongrass, lemon zest, lemon juice, the remaining 3 garlic cloves, the green onions and brown sugar and process until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large measuring cup.
Using a sharp knife, score the meat on both sides in a crosshatch pattern, cutting no more than 1/4 inch deep. Slice the meat across the grain on the bias into strips 1/2 inch thick. One at a time, thread the strips lengthwise onto the skewers. Dip the skewers in the marinade, then place them in a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill. Brush and oil the grill grate.
Transfer the skewers to a plate and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill the skewers directly over the heat, turning once, until nicely charred and cooked to your liking, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Arrange the skewers on a platter, garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately with the ginger dipping sauce. Serves 4 to 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma On the Grill, by Willie Cooper (Oxmoor House, 2009).