Pork Satay with Almond Butter Sauce

It’s 11pm, and I just arrived in Edmonton. I’m exhausted, and cranky, and it was a long day and a long drive, made longer by what was supposed to be a quick pull-over in Red Deer to a) wake up and b) find a bathroom that didn’t come with the obligation to buy junk food, which turned into c) a brief meltdown in the Winners changing room with bad florescent lighting. And then an arrival to find no record of the hotel booking I made on Expedia – fortunately the good folks at the Matrix took pity on the fact that I did have a printout from them and gave me a room – a suite, even, for the same price. And because it has a swank little kitchenette, I hauled up my CrockPot and am going to cook some ribs overnight. If I don’t fall asleep in this chair.

My eyes look like I popped them out and soaked them in chlorine for a spell, and I don’t have much confidence they’ll look any better at 7 tomorrow morning when I’m on BT trying to sound smart.

But good news: I’m proud to report I gave in to no road food to keep me awake (if you don’t count coffee) – I brough a few leftover pork satay with almond butter sauce (which are delicious cold, and great for picnics) that I made on the weekend. I found another jackpot of interesting recipes – pork ones – over 20 food writers and bloggers have entered pork recipes to celebrate the launch of Maple Leaf Prime® Pork, and if you go and vote (and live in Western Canada) you get a 50% off coupon to pick up your own piece of pig. Not a bad deal for a click!


Pork Satay with Almond Butter Sauce

Recipe link


September 7, 2010

Sara entered this one in the Prime Pork recipe contest. I changed it a little. It's pretty fab.


1 package Maple Leaf Prime® Pork Tenderloin


1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. orange or lime juice

1 tsp. soy sauce

1/2 tsp. curry powder

pinch hot chile flakes

Almond Butter Satay Sauce

1/2 cup almond butter (peanut butter works too)

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice

2 Tbsp. hot water

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce (chile garlic sauce)


1Cut the pork tenderloin in half crosswise and then lengthwise into strips. Put in a bowl with all the marinade ingredients, and toss it around with your hands. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.

2Mix together all the satay sauce ingredients, and thin with additional water if necessary. Set aside.

3Preheat a grill or broiler. Thread the pork onto skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 10 minutes. Grill or broil on both sides until just cooked through.

4 Serve skewers on top of coconut rice with satay sauce on the side.


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16 comments on “Pork Satay with Almond Butter Sauce

  1. Erica B.
    September 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Oh my word that sounds like quite the trip! I’m sure you’ll feel better with a decent night’s sleep. Looking forward to seeing you on BT (and don’t worry you’ll be fantastic as always!) :)

  2. JulieVR
    September 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Sadly I think a decent night’s sleep is out of the question considering I have to be in the studio and set up in 8 hours.. but thanks!! You’re too nice.

  3. Cheryl
    September 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Sounds like we need a soothing cup of tea and a pile of fresh pears next week. Let’s make a date!

  4. Cheryl
    September 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    PS Good luck tomorrow and make sure you stop at Leva for for coffee on your way home. it will be too early for gelato. Or, there is Health Fare across the street from BT.

  5. Sharon
    September 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Julie I worry about you. I do not require this level of sleep deprivation and worse — Highway 2 driving — from my food guru. (Just sayin’.)

    I don’t have tv but I googled BT and watched an older program. Can’t that be done in Calgary and you know, someone flips a switch? Sheesh. What good is technology anyhow?

    P.S. Don’t even think of Leva this week: campus crush, construction and one-way streets.

  6. JenF
    September 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Here’s a tip for where to stop when driving from Calgary to Edmonton: the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Tourist Info Centre just north of Red Deer. You don’t have to buy junk food (and there isn’t really anything to tempt you anyway), the bathrooms are usually clean, and it’s easy to get off the highway and back on again (MUCH easier than Gasoline Alley). As for the return trip, I can’t help you… there isn’t anywhere good to stop unless you can make it to the Tourist Info Centre at Bowden (and by then, you’re practically home and might as well keep going). Hope it went well on BT, drive safe.

  7. Erica B.
    September 8, 2010 at 9:20 am

    For future travels through Red Deer for Julie & anyone else travelling through these parts:

    (in order from south to north)

    19th street – you discovered last night (northbound access it by getting off hwy 2 at the fork at the end of gasoline alley, southbound there’s a direct exit) for non-food options there’s winners(washrooms back left), bed bath & beyond (washrooms up front on the right), on the other side of 19th st there’s a London Drugs (open til 10pm) and a plethora of retail – including Big Bend Market – a deli with fantastic bison smoked meat(!) which if you are in the area when they’re open they’re definitely worth the stop – no public washrooms here though.

    32nd street – RDC, a car dealership & the Capri Hotel(thus public washrooms) 2 min drive east of the exit between Taylor & Gaetz. Easy access back to the highway

    Between 32nd St & 67th St is the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame – accessible going northbound only

    67th street/Hwy 11 – for a quick coffee and decent facilities Tim Ho’s just east of the exit and 2 blocks more to Starbucks on the northwest corner of Gaetz(aka 50th Av) and 67th St. Go west toward Sylvan Lake instead of east and there’s coffee at my house :)

    Hwy 11A (the last stop before Blackfalds) is mainly industrial – nothing in the way of public facilities.

  8. Erica B.
    September 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    PS 67th Street also has hotels on both sides of the street – Holiday Inn on the north side and a Ramada on the south side next to the Tim Horton’s – so if you want to avoid food places completely there’s public facilities in the hotel lobbies I’m sure.

  9. JulieVR
    September 8, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Well. You guys sure do know how to help a girl find a loo! Thanks! Now I can enjoy my XL Tims without worry…

  10. ilovealbertabeets
    September 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

    So this is the glamor of a career as a foodie? Making ribs in your hotel room? hee hee..

  11. JulieVR
    September 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

    It’s far more glam than making chicken satay in a parking lot in the snow! (On one of those cement barriers!) Which I’ve done in the past..

  12. Sharon
    September 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’m interested in ribs recipe. I’m up for trying it, never having done that with a slow cooker. Or even ever cooked ribs, now that I think on it.

  13. Laurie in Burnaby
    September 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, Julie, what a trip!
    Take care of yourself, and try to rest. :(
    Very interesting recipe. I can’t wait to try it. :)

  14. molly
    September 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Oh, man, I love satay. Love love love it. Thanks for enduring all manner of misery to bring me this.

    Best of luck on BT!! And hope the sniffles peter out, ASAP!

  15. Avery
    September 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who has meltdowns in changerooms (for various reasons)!

  16. Katherine Elizabeth
    August 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love your blog! All of your dishes are so amazing :-) I’m new to blogging and I’ve posted several of my own recipes. If you are ever looking for someone to write a guest post for you, I would be honored to fill in! Check out my recipes and let me know if you’re interested!



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