This recipe for Grilled Teriyaki Beef Skewers is wonderfully simple. The added bonus is that along with the marinade, you can make your own homemade teriyaki sauce! This recipe really is a knockout when it comes to flavor! Easy yet so tasty, what’s not to love, eh?
The layers of flavors that you get are great, and the beef is tender and juicy. This is a dish that you could serve as the main course to your family, as an appetizer at a cocktail party, or as part of a munchies tray for your game day crowd!
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What you need to make Teriyaki Beef skewers
These tasty beef skewers are pretty simple to make using common ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Your friends and family are going to think you ordered takeout they are so good!
The only real challenge might be that the beef needs to be thinly sliced for your beef skewers. You can ask your butcher to do this for you. If you want to do it yourself, here is a little trick you can use. Place the meat in the freezer for a while; you don’t want it frozen solid, just partially frozen. You will then be able to slice the meat much thinner than you would right out of the refrigerator.
- Brown sugar
- Soy sauce or *tamari sauce (* Japanese soy sauce, that is gluten free)
- Rice wine vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- Fresh ginger
- Top round beef steak
- Green onion
- Red chili pepper (optional)
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Homemade teriyaki sauce (or store bought)
How to prepare Teriyaki Beef skewers
You first need to slice your beef fairly thin. The beef should be about a 1/4 of an inch to 3/8 of an inch thick. You want the beef slices to be thin for a couple of reasons. First, it will absorb more flavor from the marinade if it is thinner. It will cook quicker on the grill. Plus, let’s face it, it’s easier to eat a nice thin piece of beef off a skewer.
Next, begin to make the marinade by combining the following ingredients in a large nonreactive bowl. Brown sugar, soy sauce or tamari sauce, rice wine vinegar, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine the ingredients, making sure that the brown sugar is completely dissolved.
Add the steak slices to the marinade and mix well, making sure that all the beef slices are well coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
While the beef is marinating, soak your bamboo skewers in a pan of water. This will help to prevent them from burning when you put them on the grill. If you do quite a bit of grilling, it is worthwhile to invest in a set of metal skewers. They are reusable, easy to use, and clean, and you do not have any problems with them burning.
Carefully thread the marinated beef slices onto your skewers. Weave the beef back and forth on the skewer so that it will stay on while you are grilling it.
Grilling your Teriyaki Beef skewers
Once you have all the beef threaded onto all the skewers, it’s time to grill your beef up! If you are preparing them ahead of time, put them on a platter covered with plastic wrap. They will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of hours if you need.
Preheat your grill to medium-high, which is about 375 – 400 degrees F. Place your beef skewers on the hot grill and grill them until the beef is cooked to your desired doneness. It should only take about 3 minutes per side.
You want the meat to have nice grill marks on both sides, but be careful. You don’t want to overcook the beef, or it will become tough and chewy. With these beef skewers, you are better to undercook them a little than overcook them. After all, medium-rare beef is much better to eat than well-done beef. In my opinion, at least!
Serving your Teriyaki Beef skewers
Once your beef skewers are done, transfer them to a platter. Now it’s time to fancy them up for your family, your guests, or your game day buddies!
Start by sprinkling your beef kabobs with toasted sesame seeds. Then add some chopped green onions, cilantro, and sliced red chili peppers (if using).
I like the red chilis as they add a serious kick of flavor and spiciness to the dish. If some people don’t want the heat, they can simply leave them on the plate. I find it’s better to give everyone the option of trying something or not, rather than assuming they may not like it.
Now for the “piece de resistance”. This is how you amp up the flavor to eleven! Drizzle the entire platter with some teriyaki sauce. By the way, as I mentioned earlier, I have an awesomely tasty and super easy homemade teriyaki sauce; follow this link HERE to get it!
This recipe is perfect as an appetizer while sipping cocktails before dinner or as munchies at a cocktail party. If you are serving it as dinner, it would pair nicely with Fried Rice or a great BBQ Wok Veggies.
This is a super simple, fantastically tasty recipe that you definitely need to try! I know you will love it!
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- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or avocado oil
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1-inch ginger, peeled and grated
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds top round beef steak, thin cut
- 1 green onion, green and white parts, for garnish
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
- 1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish
- 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce, homemade or store-bought, for serving
- Whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic, ginger, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Add the steak and use your hands to combine so that all the steak is coated.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- 20 minutes before you want to cook the steak, soak 20 wooden skewers in water (to help prevent them from catching on fire).
- Preheat a grill to medium-high.
- Thread the steak onto the skewers. This amount should make between 15 to 20 skewers.
- Grill the skewers until the beef is cooked, about 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a serving platter and top with the scallion, cilantro, chile pepper (if using), and sesame seeds.
- Serve along with the Teriyaki Sauce for drizzling on top.
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