Low Carb Beef Satay is a well-flavored, skewered beef dish marinated in a delicious peanut butter beef satay dipping sauce.
This low carb beef satay recipe makes an excellent choice for those who are on a keto diet or for anyone wanting a filling, tasty, easy, but different dish to add to the meal rotation.
Looking for keto lunch ideas or dinner options? I love these chicken taco lettuce wraps, and chicken avocado caesar salad, but sometimes I just want beef. And this keto beef satay is one of my favorites. This beautifully grilled beef satay is flavorful, tender, and easy to make. You will love the pieces of tender meat accompanied with a flavorful peanut beef satay dipping sauce and marinade.
Is Beef Satay Low Carb?
Not only is this beef satay recipe so tasty and filling, it is also low carb.
Now, not all beef satay recipes are low carb. Of course beef is, but sometimes the marinades are not.
However, do not worry. The peanut dipping sauce and marinade in this beef satay recipe is keto friendly or low carb. It offers a nice amount of fat, low carbohydrate count, and of course the beef adds some protein.
So how is it low carb? I used a low carb sweetener in the sauce instead of sugar and the base of the sauce, peanut butter is keto friendly as well.
So, whether you are counting carbs or not, this dish is for you.
Plus, I added cauliflower rice to this recipe instead of your classic white rice so you can still have a great side, without having it contain high carb content.
What is Keto Diet?
As you probably noticed when talking about the beef satay being low carb I also used the word keto at times. Keto and low carb seem to go hand in hand.
Keto seems to be all the buzz lately. Many are on the keto diet or are thinking about trying this diet.
So what is the appeal? What is keto?
Basically, the keto diet is a diet that focuses on high fat and low carbs, with the idea in mind that when you eat the right foods, your body will go into ketosis, and the body will in turn burn unwanted fat instead of carbs.
The appeal of this diet is that you can eat really filling, high in fat foods. The second appeal is if you are good about sticking to the guidelines of keto, these efforts should result in obtaining a state of ketosis.
Many on this diet try to follow the food guidelines very strictly with the goal in mind of reaching this state.
Ketosis is where your body is practically fueled by almost only fat and the possible outcome is accelerated weight loss. You can see why so many are talking about this diet.
However, to achieve this state you really have to be strict about watching your carb intake.
That is why this low carb beef satay recipe is so great. It is a keto friendly meal and it is delicious whether you are on a low carb diet or not.
What Can I Eat For Lunch On Keto?
There really are so many things you can eat for dinner, breakfast, or lunch on the keto diet.
For example these beef satay skewers would make a great lunch or dinner.
However, I realize you probably can’t make this beef satay recipe everyday for lunch or dinner, even though it is that good you may want to.
There are lots of other keto lunch ideas. Just remember when selecting food for a keto lunch, think of foods or meals that are low carb and high in fat. Things like these turkey taco avocados.
Also, if you have a favorite meal that is traditionally high in carbs, think about what adjustments can be made to make it keto friendly.
For example, instead of serving this beef satay with rice, I chose to use cauliflower rice.
Instead of using sugar in the peanut marinade, I opted for a low carb sweetener. There are lots of options like Stevia, monk fruit sweetener, erythritol, etc.
Or, one day I was in the mood for chicken enchiladas, but I didn’t want a high carb meal.
I knew tortillas and rice would not be low carb. So, I opted to make a delicious keto friendly chicken enchilada bowl, subbing out white rice for cauliflower rice and losing the tortillas.
The end result was a filling and oh so flavorful meal that I didn’t even miss the unnecessary carbs.
Don’t worry though, if you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck for keto lunch ideas, I’ve got your back.
Keto Lunch Ideas:
- Chicken Enchilada Bowl (Keto)
- Salmon Avocado Salad —Low Carb (Keto)
- Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Low Carb)
- Low Carb Beef Satay, of course!
These are some great keto diet recipes that I am sure you will love.
Any of these dishes would make a great lunch or dinner.
How To Make Beef Satay Tender?
Now that we have established what keto is and how this beef satay is a great keto friendly option, let’s talk about how to make sure your satay is a success.
Let’s talk about how to make beef satay tender.
There are definitely some tricks when it comes to tenderizing your meat.
How To Make Meat Tender:
Slice the meat against the grain.
Tender meat does not just have to do with the meat selection. It also has to do with how it is cut. If you cut with the grain, the meat will be more chewy and less tender.
When cooking, be conscious of not over cooking. Check meat for desired internal temperature.
If you check the internal temperature, then you will take the guess work out of whether the meat is done or not, preventing you from over cooking it.
Allow meat time to rest before serving.
When meat is allowed to rest, this results in the meat losing not as much of the juices, making the meat juicier when you eat it.
Doing these few easy tricks will help produce a more tender finished product.
Beef Satay Dipping Sauces:
Beef satay is a dish that is known for being a skewered grilled meat that is accompanied with a delicious dipping sauce.
Typically the dipping sauce is a peanut dipping sauce, using peanut butter as the base, like the one in this recipe.
This peanut dipping sauce pairs great with the steak and is so crave worthy good.
However as you continue to make beef satay, you may want to change it up from time to time.
Although this peanut sauce is really good and the typical marinade for beef satay, there are other options.
Beef Satay Dipping Sauce Options:
- Peanut dipping sauce (my personal favorite)
- Ginger dipping sauce
- Sweet and Sour dipping sauce
- Asian Inspired dipping sauce
- Herb dipping sauce
Here are just some of the flavor profiles you can play around with as a marinade or dipping sauce for beef satay.
First of course try this peanut dipping sauce for the real beef satay experience.
No More Talk. Get Started and Make This Delicious Beef Satay!
Low Carb Beef Satay is a fabulous keto diet friendly beef satay recipe that you will surely love. Change up your meal rotation this week and make mouth watering beef satay skewers tonight.
If you are looking for some other low carb dishes, try Low Carb Steak Fajita Roll Ups or Keto Chili (Crockpot). Either dish will offer a hearty and tasty meal for you and your family.
If you like Keto, low carb, or low calorie then try these recipes:
- Low Calorie Sheet Pan Dinner: Shrimp & Asparagus
- Low Carb Steak Fajita Roll-Ups
- Low-Carb Snacks Keto Diet Snacks
- Salmon Avocado Salad (Keto)
Low Carb Beef Satay
- 3/4 lb flank steak sliced into 1/4 inch strips
- 5 ounces coconut milk
- 1 tsps lemon grass finely chopped lemongrass or lemon grass paste
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbs low carb sweetener of choice ex: stevia or monk fruit
- 2 tablespoons sriracha or chili sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Meal Prep Bowls
- 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
- 4 cups riced cauliflower
- 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
- 8 oz green beans
- n a large bowl, mix together the coconut milk, lemon grass, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, sriracha, sweetener, and ground ginger. Divide in half, and set half aside
- Add sliced flank steak to the half of the coconut mixture still in the large bowl.
- Portion the remaining half of the sauce mixture out into small storage containers to act as dipping sauce for the meal prep bowls.
- Marinate beef for at least 30 minutes.
- While beef is marinating, prepare the cauliflower rice and green beans.
- Heat ½ Tbs oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet.
- Add the riced cauliflower, and season with salt & pepper to taste.
- Cook for 5 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
- Divide up between four meal prep containers.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the skillet you cooked the cauliflower in, and add in green beans, and a little salt and pepper.
- Cook the green beans for 5 minutes, until still bright green but slightly softened.
- Divide amongst the meal prep containers.
- Heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet or grill.
- Skewer beef onto wooden or metal skewers.
- Working in batches, cook the skewers of beef for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- Divide beef out between the meal prep containers. Cool completely, seal and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To serve after refrigeration
- Remove the sauce, reheat beef, cauliflower and green beans in the microwave until hot. Spoon the sauce over the beef and veggies, and enjoy!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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