Grilled meat skewers, or yakitori, are a popular street and bar food in Japan. 


  • Japanese 7 Spice Beef Skewers

  • 1/3 cup mirin

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 3 tbs sake

  • 2 tbs sugar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • ½ tsp Japanese 7 Spice Blend (Shichimi Togarashi) (recipe above)

  • 500g beef steak, sliced across the grain into thin slices

  • 2 tsp cornstarch

  • 1 tbs water

  • Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar

  • 2 tbs sugar

  • 2 tbs mirin

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • ¼ tsp course McCormick Sea Salt, ground

  • 5 to 6 medium Brussels sprouts, cut into thin wedges (about 1 cup)

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped radicchio

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

  • 1 tsp McCormick Sesame Seeds, toasted


  • 1.

    For the Beef Skewers, mix mirin, soy sauce, sake, sugar, sesame oil and Spice Blend in large bowl until well blended. Reserve ? cup for glaze. Add beef to remaining marinade in bowl; turn to coat well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, for the glaze, mix cornstarch and water in small saucepan until smooth. Stir in reserved marinade. Stirring constantly, bring just to boil on medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Stir until slightly thickened. Set aside.

  • 3.

    For the Brussels Sprouts Salad, mix vinegar, sugar, mirin, sesame oil and salt in large bowl. Add Brussels sprouts, radicchio and bell pepper; toss to coat well. Sprinkle with sesame seed. Cover. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

  • 4.

    Thread beef in zig-zag fashion onto skewers. Discard any remaining marinade. Grill over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until cooked to your liking, turning occasionally and brushing with glaze. Serve beef skewers with Brussels Sprouts Salad. Sprinkle with additional Spice Blend. Serve with cooked rice, if desired.

  • Tips:

  • 1.

    Sake, a Japanese rice wine, is available wherever fine wines are sold. Mirin, a Japanese sweet rice wine used in cooking, is similar to sake but with a lower alcohol content and a higher sugar content. It may be found in the Asian aisle of some supermarkets or in Asian grocery stores.

  • 2.

    If using wooden skewers, soak thoroughly in water for at least 30 minutes before threading with beef. This prevents them from burning when on the grill.

  • 3.

    To toast sesame seeds, heat small fry pan on medium heat. Add sesame seeds; cook and stir 2 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 305kj
  • Fat Total 15g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Protein 19g
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Sodium 828mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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