Japanese Beef Skewers (Kushiyaki) with EdamameHomemade 

Japanese Beef Skewers with Edamame

These beef skewers taste better the longer you marinate them. Kushiyaki is a term used for grilled meat or vegetables on a skewer. Most people are most familiar with chicken yakitori which is grilled skewered chicken and a type of kushiyaki. I decided I wanted to try to make my skewers with beef instead.


  • 1 beef steak
  • 2 stalks of green onion chopped
  • 5 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar or sake
  • 2 tbsp of mirin
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Edamame
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Japanese Beef Skewers (Kushiyaki) with Edamame
Japanese Beef Skewers (Kushiyaki) with Edamame


  1. Slice the beef steak into cubes that will fit on your skewers
  2. Mix the green onion, soy sauce, white wine vineger, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds in a mixing bowl
  3. Add beef to the marinade and let it sit in the refrigerator covered with saran wrap for 1 hour or more
  4. Add the beef to skewers and grill on each side until cooked (approximately 2 minutes per side)
  5. Serve with your favourite side dish or alone
  6. Boil water in a small pot
  7. Add edamame to boiling water and cook for approximately 5 minutes
  8. Drain off water and put edamame in serving bowl
  9. Sprinkle sea salt on top of edamame

These Japanese beef skewers have a salty-sweet flavour to them and this meat on a stick dish goes well with the plain nature of edamame (soybeans). If you haven’t had edamame before, don’t eat the pods the beans are the part to eat and enjoy.

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