The sauce that is created for the traditional Asian food dish which may consist of some type of cubed meat or vegetables that are marinated, placed on a skewers (bamboo sticks), and then grilled, broiled or roasted on an open fire. Common main ingredients for this dish may include meats such as chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish, or shellfish. A typical satay sauce is made with a variety of spices and seasonings such as chile powder, coriander, cumin, caraway, garlic, onion, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and oil. After the food is cooked, it is common for a peanut sauce to accompany the food however, there are many other types of sauces that are also served, which may include sweet and sour sauces, pepper sauces, or red chili sauces.
Generally, when a satay sauce is used for meats or vegetables, the recipe is prepared with traditional satay procedures of marinating the main ingredients and placing the food on skewers over a grill. However, the spicy satay sauce which is primarily used as a marinade may also be used as a stir-fry sauce, as a dipping sauce, as a braising sauce, or as a dressing, while other sauces may also be used in addition to the satay sauce, such as peanut sauces. A satay, which can be served as an entree or an appetizer, may also be referred to as saté or a sateh.