Satay with a Nordic Twist


Satay with a Nordic Twist

Nordic-inspired Satay: A Fusion of Flavors

In the context of New Nordic cuisine, this recipe takes the traditional Indonesian satay and infuses it with Nordic flavors. The result is a delightful fusion of spices and ingredients, creating a unique and innovative dish that combines the best of both worlds.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10 minutes

25 minutes

4 servings


New Nordic, Gluten-free, Dairy-free (if dairy-free yogurt is used), Low-carb, High-protein

Dairy (if dairy yogurt is used)

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Nut-free, Egg-free


While the original Indonesian satay is typically marinated in a blend of soy sauce, ginger, and spices, this Nordic-inspired version incorporates local Nordic ingredients such as dill, lingonberries, and juniper berries. The grilling technique remains the same, but the flavors are transformed to reflect the freshness and simplicity of New Nordic cuisine. We alse have the original recipe for Satay, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 250 kcal / 1046 KJ
  • Fat: 8g (2g saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g (8g sugars)
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 0.8g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the rapeseed oil, lingonberry jam, Greek yogurt, dill, crushed juniper berries, ground coriander, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken strips to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated chicken strips onto the soaked wooden skewers.
  5. 5.
    Grill the satay skewers for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Serve the Nordic-inspired satay hot, garnished with fresh dill and accompanied by lingonberry sauce on the side.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken breast — Ensure the chicken breast is thinly sliced to ensure even cooking and tenderness.
  • Lingonberry jam — Use a high-quality lingonberry jam for the best flavor. If unavailable, cranberry sauce can be used as a substitute.
  • Greek yogurt — Opt for a full-fat Greek yogurt to add creaminess to the marinade.
  • Juniper berries — Crush the juniper berries using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon to release their aromatic flavors.
  • Wooden skewers — Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a smokier flavor, consider grilling the satay over charcoal instead of a gas grill.
  • Serve the satay with a side of pickled vegetables or a fresh Nordic salad for a complete meal.
  • Experiment with different Nordic spices such as caraway seeds or fennel seeds to add additional depth of flavor.
  • If lingonberry jam is not available, lingonberry sauce can be made by simmering lingonberries with a touch of sugar and water until thickened.
  • To make the dish more visually appealing, alternate the chicken strips with slices of red onion or bell peppers on the skewers.

Serving advice

Serve the Nordic-inspired satay as a main course, accompanied by a side of lingonberry sauce and a fresh dill garnish. Pair it with a crisp Nordic salad or pickled vegetables for a well-rounded meal.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled satay skewers on a platter, garnished with fresh dill sprigs. Drizzle the lingonberry sauce over the skewers or serve it on the side in a small bowl. The vibrant colors of the lingonberry sauce and the green dill will create an appealing visual contrast.