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Easy Family Recipes: Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce

Growing up, summer meant kabobs at least once a week. Mom would set out each ingredient in its own bowl, then my brothers and I would take turns placing exactly our favorite things (I always liked small canned potatoes on mine) in the precise order that we required. Mom would pop them on the grill, slather each kabob with bbq sauce, then we’d try our best not to burn ourselves on the metal skewers. Kabobs have come a long way since then, with marinades and accompanying sauces to give things a bit more flavor then back then. These beef kabobs feature not only a tasty Asian marinade, but are served with a phenomenal peanut sauce for dipping on the side. Prepare some brown or basmati rice for the side and you’ve got a complete meal, ready to go!

Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce

Serves 4

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 pound beef fillet or sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 8 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 8 skewers
  • assorted vegetables (optional, peppers, zucchini, onion, cut into 1″ chunks)


  1. In bowl, mix curry powder, sesame oil, lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Add in beef cubes and toss to evenly coat.

  2. Cover and leave in fridge to marinate at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.

  3. Soak skewers in water for a minimum of 20 minutes.

  4. Heat broiler or grill to medium-high heat.

  5. Before cooking beef, mix remaining chili powder, remaining soy sauce, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, onion, coconut milk and peanut butter in saucepan. Stir sauce frequently over medium heat until simmering. Cover and remove from heat, but keep warm.

  6. Thread beef cubes on skewers. Add your favorite vegetables to skewers prior to cooking, if desired. Broil or grill kabobs. Set broiler pan so surface of beef is 3-4 inches from heat. Broil 7-9 minutes on high heat, turning once, for medium rare to rare. If grilling, heat grill to medium-high heat and grill about 7-10 minutes. Serve with warm peanut dipping sauce.

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

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