Vegan Satay Skewers

Vegan Food on Sticks

Recipe for Vegan Satay Skewers


  • 1 block tempeh or seitan, cut into cubes or strips
  • Wooden skewers
  • Olive oil or coconut oil, for grilling

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari for a gluten-free option
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

For the Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water (adjust for desired consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • A pinch of chili flakes or Sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)


  1. Marinate the Tempeh/Seitan:
    • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin.
    • Add the tempeh or seitan cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer for deeper flavor.
  2. Prepare the Peanut Sauce:
    • In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, warm water, soy sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning and consistency as needed.
  3. Assemble the Skewers:
    • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning.
    • Thread the marinated tempeh or seitan onto the skewers.
  4. Grill the Skewers:
    • Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Brush lightly with oil.
    • Grill the skewers, turning occasionally, until they are nicely charred and heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve:
    • Arrange the hot satay skewers on a serving platter.
    • Serve with the spicy peanut sauce for dipping.

Serving Suggestion: These Vegan Satay Skewers are perfect as a flavorful appetizer or a main dish. The rich, spicy peanut sauce complements the marinated tempeh or seitan, offering a delightful combination of textures and flavors. Serve these skewers with a side of steamed rice, fresh cucumber slices, and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for an authentic Asian dining experience.