Indonesian Albacore Satay

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 25 min.
Medium-spicy peanut dipping sauce is a wonderful accompaniment to the marinated albacore satay.


  • 1 1/3 pounds skinless Pacific albacore, cut into large cubes
  • Marinade1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dipping Sauce3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • generous pinch of cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 1-2 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


  • Rinse albacore with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  • In glass or ceramic bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Add albacore cubes and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, tossing cubes gently halfway through marinating time.
  • While albacore is marinating, make dipping sauce using the recipe below.
  • Drain albacore, reserving marinade. Thread albacore cubes on metal or bamboo skewers.
  • Place skewers on greased grate 4-5 inch from hot briquettes. Cook 4-6 minutes per inch of fish (measured at its thickest point), turning to cook all sides. Baste frequently with reserved marinade. Do not overcook! Albacore should be pink in center when removed from heat. Serve with dipping sauce.
  • Dipping SauceIn small bowl, blend together peanut butter and warm water. Add remaining ingredients. Let sit while albacore is cooking.
Recipe courtesy of the National Fisheries Institute

Cooking Tip: In this recipe we suggest a Pacific troll-caught Albacore. This premium fish is now widely available both fresh and frozen and is delicious grilled. Marinate the albacore in a mixture of lime juice, coriander, ginger, garlic and pepper. Both ginger and coriander are essential ingredients in Indonesian cooking. About 30 minutes is all the time is all the time necessary for fish to pick up the flavor of a marinade. Unlike meat, fish has very little connective tissue and therefore does not need a long marinating time to tenderize it. Complete the satay by dipping the grilled albacore in a traditional spicy peanut sauce. Flavored with ginger, soy sauce and cayenne this smooth sauce has just a hint of spiciness. You may want to adjust the seasonings to your own taste.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 287
  Calories from Fat 107 (37%)
(19%)Total Fat 12g
(9%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(23%)Cholesterol 68mg
(7%)Sodium 172mg
(22%)Potassium 777mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(77%)Protein 39g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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