Vietnamese Sate Chilli Oil


Vietnamese Sate

Sa tế


So in my last post I made annatto oil.
The reason I made the annatto oil was that I wanted to use it in this sate recipe.

 I want to make this sate cause I will be using in a Spicy Beef Noodle soup recipe. Bún bò Huế or BBH for short. For those of you who have had BBH you will know its beautiful red color of the broth. Well that comes from this sate sauce.


For those who missed my last post, here is the link.

Annatto Oil

As you will need the Annatto oil for this recipe.

Annatto Oil

Now that you have made your annatto seed oil, let me tell you a bit about Vietnamese sate.   In Vietnamese its called Sa tế. Pounced very similar to satay but lets not get the two confused, as they are totally different thing. Sate is more like a Chinese chilli oil. It is spicy and packed full of flavor. Sate can be used as a dipping condiment, in stir fry’s, used in marinades. The list can go on and on. But I believe its most popular use in Vietnamese cuisine is to finish off the broth for BBH

As I don’t want my BBH to oily so I’m only using half the amount of oil in this recipe as I normally would. This should give me more of a dry paste, but if you want your sate more oily just double the amount of oil your using.

Now we have sorted our sate from our satays. Lets get a cooking hey?



1/2 Cup Annatto Seed Oil

1/2 Cup Lemongrass finely chopped

1/2 Cup Shallots finely chopped

1 Head of garlic finely chopped

1 Tablespoon Hot Chilli flakes

1 Tablespoon Hot Ground Chilli Powder

1/2 Tablespoon Salt

1/2 Tablespoon Sugar

You won’t believe how easy this is to make!

For the best results use fresh ingrediencies

Step 1. Finely chop your lemongrass, shallots and garlic.

(You can do it in a food processor if you like but I prefer the texture from hand cut)

Step 2. Add oil to your pan and bring to a medium high heat.

Step 3. Once oil has heated add your shallots, lemongrass and garlic.

Step 4. Stir fry for 1 minute.

Step 5. Add the salt and sugar and stir to combine

Step 6. Add the chilli and stir to combine

Step 7. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes stir occasionally.

Step 8. Turn off the heat and allow to sit and cool

Step 9. Once the sate has completely cooled transfer to your storage container or jar.

Vietnamese Sate

There you go peoples, now its ready to use.

How easy was that!!


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