Japanese Beef and Green Onion Skewers (Yakitori)

Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings


3tablespoons soy sauce
3tablespoons mirin
3tablespoons sugar
2teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2pounds boneless sirloin or beef tenderloin, trimmed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
2bunches green onions, white and light green parts only, trimmed in 1-inch lengths
1/8teaspoon coarse salt
2teaspoons peanut oil, plus additional for grill
8 (10-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water at least 30 minutes


  1. Bring soy sauce, mirin, sugar and vinegar to a boil in a small, heavy saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, until slightly syrupy.
  2. Toss beef cubes with 1 teaspoon oil in a small bowl. Toss green onions with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and salt in a second bowl. Thread beef and onions onto skewers, using 3 onion sections between each piece of beef.
  3. Prepare a grill or heat a grill pan to medium-high. Lightly oil. Grill skewers 1 minute, turn, and grill 1 minute on second side. Brush with glaze, grill 1 minute more, turning, and brushing skewers with additional glaze. Transfer to a serving platter, and brush lightly with glaze again.


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 326
  • Fat 9g
  • Cholesterol 71mg
  • Sodium 1037mg
  • Carbohydrate 20g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Protein 40g
  • http://honestcooking.com/perfect-party-bites-on-a-skewer/ Perfect Party Bites on a Skewer

    […] With this guaranteed crowd pleaser, the secret’s in the sauce. Mirin (a sweet rice wine made for cooking), soy sauce, peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, and sugar, the sauce makes the perfect sweet Asian glaze for tender beef and potent green onions. Serve skewers by themselves, or with a side of rice. Find the recipe here. […]

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