Turmeric Pork Skewers & Thai Basil Dipping Sauce is the best grilled Thai street food on a stick. It's made with a vibrant turmeric marinade and served with a Prik Nam Pla sauce that will tantalize your taste buds.
Why you are going to love our Turmeric Pork Skewers
You are going to just love this dish! Our easy Thai Pork Skewers are melt in your mouth tender. Thai Cuisine is a great idea for a summer grilling and chilling entertaining. It is light, bright and is always a crowd pleaser.
Our pork tenderloin recipe is great use of the "other white meat" and is so simple to prepare. We can't wait for you to take your first bite. These Asian pork kabobs are super aromatic from the spices and herbs. Once, you dip a slice into our Thai Basil Dipping sauce, you will be hooked. If you are looking for other ideas for pork tenderloin, be sure to try our Bacon Wrapped Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin .
The Special Marinade
The secret for success of this recipe is in the marinade. If you marinate pork tenderloin overnight, your skewers will be even more tender and flavorful. The delightful bath of turmeric, ginger, onion, garlic and fish sauce are going to make your taste buds sing.
Did you know that turmeric, ginger, onion and garlic are all warming spices? They pair nicely with the Thai basil and cilantro lime dipping sauce. Another delicious summer marinade idea is our Green Chicken Kabab Recipe . It uses all the lovely fresh herbs and spices of the summer season.
Get Turmeric in your Spice Drawer
If you do not have turmeric in your spice drawer, you need to get that sorted as soon as possible. You are missing out on so many delicious dishes and positive therapeutic effects. According to NIH, Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and lowers your risk of heart disease.
However, our favorite reason for using turmeric is the bright yellow-orange color it gives to curries and our Turmeric Pork Skewers. We also love the warming spice of turmeric in our Turmeric Vegetable Medley, Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew and our Golden Spiced Noodle Soup.
Cleaning up after a Turmeric Incident
However, there is one small warning when using turmeric. Turmeric can stain clothes, kitchen counters, finger nails and even utensils if you do not clean them right away. We don't normally wear an apron in the kitchen but when we am cooking with turmeric, we do. In addition, we wear disposable gloves whilst we thread the marinated pork on the skewers.
So how do you get turmeric off the countertop and clothes... bleach is the answer to that one. Sometimes we use fresh turmeric and ginger in the recipe. However, dried ground turmeric and ginger work just fine in this Turmeric Pork Skewers recipe too.
We used a food processor to make this delicious golden pork marinade. We blended onions, ginger, turmeric, garlic, coconut oil and fish sauce into a marinade. If you do not have a food processor, you can use a mortar and pestle. Marinating the pork tenderloins overnight, will make Turmeric Pork Skewers super tender and flavorful.
Thai Basil Dipping Sauce
Now on to this delightful Thai basil dipping sauce. Thai basil is just a beautiful herb and it has an anise like scent. However, we know this herb is difficult to come by anywhere else, if you live outside of Asia. Therefore, just swap out Thai basil for just plain ordinary Italian basil. Our dipping sauce is just as beautiful either way. Thai Basil Dipping Sauce is very similar to our Prik Nam Pla - The Incredible Thai Table Condiment. The only difference is that we swapped out Thai Basil for cilantro and green onions.
Thailand flavors always hold the balance of sweet, sour, savory and spicy. The only way you know if you hit the balance correctly, is to taste for yourself. Some people like it more spicy, some more sweet and some more sour or salty. We like ours slightly spicy. However, the boys love it super spicy so we make a mild and a spicy version for the table. Be sure to check our our Essential Thai Herbs and Spices, if you want to learn more about Thai Cuisine.
Recipe Exchanges and Substitutions
You can make this Thai Basil Dipping Sauce diabetic friendly by exchanging out brown sugar with a sugar alternative. If you need to watch your sodium intake, hold the fish sauce in the marinade. Instead, use a little Mrs. Dash or dried chili flakes in the grilling process.
Thai Cuisine Side Dishes
Some of our favorite side dishes to serve with our kabobs are the following...
- Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad
- Gluten- Free Thai Shrimp Pancakes
- Thai Shrimp Mango Salad
- Thai Pomelo Crab Salad Avocados
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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Each type of counter top surface will have a different specification on what can be used to lift a stain. Bleach water will usually lift the turmeric stain right off of most surfaces that you are allowed to use bleach on. However, to be safe, start with a little baking soda and water and with a gentle circular motion and see if the stain lifts. Adding a little lemon or vinegar might help as well. However, if you have marble, then maybe a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia will do the trick.
If you get turmeric on your clothes, treat it right away. First, rinse in cold water and then a little stain remover, lemon juice or vinegar and soak to remove turmeric stain.
We wear kitchen gloves to prevent the staining of our hands and finger nails while working placing turmeric pork on skewers.
You can exchange with sweet Italian basil.
Chop all of your ingredients finely and then use a mortar and pestle to make a paste.
More Delicious Recipes with Turmeric
Turmeric Pork Skewers and Thai Basil Dipping Sauce
- Blender or mortar and pestle
- 1.5 inch turmeric
knob peeled and sliced (or 1 heaping teaspoon ground dried turmeric)
- 1 inch ginger knob peeled and sliced (or ½ teaspoon ground dried ginger)
- ¾ cup onion or 1 small onion chopped (can exchange with shallots, if you like)
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and bashed
- ¼ cup fish sauce
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1.5 pounds pork tenderloin
cut into slices about ¼ inch thick (or can use other cuts of pork that you wish but may have to marinate longer)
- 10-12 wooden skewers
soak in water for ½ hour before using
Thai Basil Dipping Sauce (or Prik Nam Pla)
- 1 tbsp Thai holy basil
(holy basil) chopped or can use regular basil
- 1 tbsp cilantro
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp sugar or sugar alternative - (brown sugar or sugar alternative if diabetic)
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1 clove garlic
peeled and minced
- chili to taste (fresh Thai bird chilis pack their punch in heat)
- limes optional
- chili optional
- green onions or cilantro optional
- Marinate the pork: In a food processor, add turmeric, ginger, onion, garlic, fish sauce and coconut oil. Blend well. (If you do not have a food processor you can do this in a mortar and pestle or just chop up finely instead) In a sealable baggie or sealed container add your sliced pork tenderloins pieces and add the turmeric marinade and mix well, cover and place in the refrigerator for up to overnight or at least one half hour marinade time.
- Make Thai Basil Dipping Sauce: In a small bowl add chopped Thai basil (or regular basil), chopped cilantro, fish sauce, brown sugar or sugar alternative, lime juice, garlic and chili to taste. Set Aside or place in refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance.
- Soak your wooden skewers for at least ½ hour. Skewer the pork lengthwise like you are using the wooden skewer to sew on the pork. Spread the pork slices flat so they are not overlapping. Depending on the size of your skewer and pork slices, maybe only 2 slices of pork tenderloin per skewer.
- Prepare and oil your grill and preheat. Cook your turmeric pork skewers for about 3 minutes on each side until nicely charred and cooked through.
- Serve your delicious Turmeric Pork skewers & Thai Basil Dipping Sauce as a delicious healthy meal. Enjoy!