Sata Recipe: How to Make Authentic Sata

Sata Recipe

Sata is a famous traditional dish from Terengganu. The locals would often prepare Sata as a savoury snack. As we all know, Terengganu is situated at the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Hence, in the coastal state, the activities of farming and fishing are common. That explains why their local dishes often consist of fish, coconut and rice. 

Sata is a dish where spiced fish meat is wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled afterwards. The main ingredients in this dish are fish, onions, grated coconut and spices. Although it’s not difficult to cook, it is vital to ensure that it is grilled perfectly.  This is a snack worth-trying! 


History of Sata

The word ‘sata’ means ‘straight’. This indicates the method of grilling for this dish, where bamboo sticks are lined in straight lines, and then skewered. Sata started when the people in the past decided to make various fish dishes with the remaining fish that they caught. Also inspired by the supplies of coconut that they have, this dish was invented. Since then, it has become a national dish and is famous among many Malaysians.

Sata Recipe

Recipe by LokaTasteDifficulty: Easy


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Sata is a type of otak-otak that is easy to make. Why not show off your cooking skills by preparing it for your family and friends? It makes the perfect snack!


  • 500g of mackerel (tenggiri, selayang or kembung)

  • 200g of grated coconut (only the flesh)

  • 6 shallots, minced

  • 2cm of ginger

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 turmeric leaf, chopped finely

  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder

  • Sugar and salt, to taste

  • 2 red chillies, sliced

  • Banana leaf (for wrapping)

  • Bamboo skewers, 20cm long


  • Start by cleaning the fish and deboning it. Then, put the fish meat, ginger, grated coconut, shallots and garlic altogether into an electric blender. Blend all the ingredients until it becomes a paste.
  • Next, season the fish paste with salt, sugar and chilli powder.
  • After that, take the banana leaf and cut it into rectangular pieces, with a size of 23 x 15 cm.
  • To soften the pieces of leaves, dip them into hot water or pass them briefly over a flame.
  • Once done, fold the banana leaves into cone shapes. Fill up each of the cones with the fish paste. Additionally, put in two or three slices of chillies.
  • Close the packages by folding the top and make the packages stand on the bases.
  • Next, thread several parcels from the base through a bamboo skewer. Over a medium fire, grill the packages. Make sure to turn them over continuously for about 5-10 minutes or until cooked.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Where to Find This Dish?

You can usually find these delicious snacks at night markets. Besides that, you can also find them at certain Malay restaurants. Some supermarkets sell frozen ones as well!

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