Sunday, March 11, 2012

Teriyaki Beef Skewers with Sesame Rice

The great thing about skewered meat is that it cooks so quickly – a minute or two each side and they ready to be plated.

But that aside, let’s talk about teriyaki – I had always assumed that teriyaki was one of those sauces that would be ingredient heavy and time consuming to create yet it turns out it only has four basic ingredients! What could be easier than that? Also, it can be used to marinate any type of meat  and cooked as steaks or skewers or in a stirfry.

What Will I Need?

Bamboo Skewers

500g Beef Strips, sliced into ¼” strips
2 tbs Sake
4 tbs Mirin Seasoning
3 tbs Soy Sauce
2 tbs Sugar
½  tbs Ginger, minced

1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Peanut Oil
1 tbs Sesame Seeds
1 cup Rice
2 cups Water

What Now?

1.         Start by threading your beef strips onto your skewers leaving at least one inch at the bottom and top – the amount o skewers you make will depend on how long your skewers are.

2.         In a shallow bowl mix your sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and ginger until combined and then place your beef skewers into the mixture, ensuring all the skewers are covered in the marinade. Allow to marinade for at least half an hour.

3.         Once the meat is ready let’s start on the rice: in small saucepan heat you sesame and peanut oils until hot and then add your sesame seeds. Shake, rather than stirring, the seeds for less than a minute until they turn a golden brown.

4.         Next, add the rice and stir so that the seeds and rice are combined before adding the water.

5.         Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

6.         Whilst the rice cooked, heat about 1tbs of peanut oil to a fry pan and then cook each skewer for 2-3 minutes per side.

7.         Once cooked set the skewers to the side and add the rest of the marinade to the frypan and allow to boil for a minute so that the sauce thickens.

8.         Serve the skewers with your sesame rice and some steamed vegetables and drizzle with the left over sauce!.