Russian-style Satay


Russian-style Satay

Savory Skewers: Russian-inspired Satay

In the context of Russian cuisine, this recipe takes the beloved Indonesian dish of Satay and gives it a unique twist. Russian-style Satay combines tender marinated meat with a rich and flavorful sauce, perfect for grilling or broiling. Get ready to indulge in a fusion of flavors that will transport you to the heart of Russia.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10 minutes

25 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, High-protein, Gluten-free, Keto-friendly

Dairy (yogurt)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo, Nut-free


While the original Indonesian Satay is typically made with a peanut-based sauce, this Russian adaptation incorporates a creamy and tangy yogurt-based sauce. The marinade also includes traditional Russian herbs and spices, adding a distinct flavor profile to the dish. Additionally, the choice of meat may vary, with popular options being beef, chicken, or lamb. We alse have the original recipe for Satay, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): Approximately 300 kcal / 1255 KJ per serving
  • Fat: 15g total, 5g saturated
  • Carbohydrates: 5g total, 3g sugars
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 0.8g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the yogurt, vegetable oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, paprika, dried dill, ground coriander, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. 2.
    Add the meat strips to the marinade, ensuring they are fully coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill or broiler to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a small space between each piece.
  5. 5.
    Grill or broil the skewers for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Serve the Russian-style Satay hot, accompanied by the yogurt-based sauce.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Yogurt — Use plain yogurt with a creamy consistency for the sauce. Greek yogurt can also be used for a thicker texture.
  • Meat — Choose lean cuts of beef, chicken, or lamb for a healthier option. Trim any excess fat before marinating.

Tips & Tricks

  • Soaking the wooden skewers in water prevents them from burning during grilling or broiling.
  • Baste the skewers with the marinade while cooking to enhance the flavor.
  • Serve the Russian-style Satay with a side of pickled vegetables for a traditional Russian touch.
  • If you prefer a spicier version, add a pinch of chili flakes to the marinade.
  • Experiment with different meat options and vegetables for a variety of flavors.

Serving advice

Serve the Russian-style Satay as a main course, accompanied by steamed rice or mashed potatoes. Drizzle the yogurt-based sauce over the skewers and garnish with fresh herbs, such as dill or parsley, for an appealing presentation.

Presentation advice

Arrange the skewers on a platter, placing them in a diagonal pattern for an elegant look. Add a sprinkle of paprika or a drizzle of olive oil for a finishing touch. Serve with a side of pickled vegetables or a fresh salad to enhance the visual appeal.