I like to grill a lot and especially when I come home from work on a hot summer day – keep cooking out of the kitchen when it’s hot out, right?! These grilled Asian beef skewers are perfect for those days where you want something quick and not made in the kitchen. The flavours are basic Asian flavours that I like to work with a lot, like ginger root, soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds and oil, and rice vinegar. They work well together to make a sweet and salty combo.
Grilled Asian Beef Skewers
Grilling the beef and the vegetables makes everything crispy on the outside, holding in all of the tasty flavours and releasing them when you bite down like a little explosion in your mouth in each bite. The marinade for the beef and vegetables is sweet and salty and makes the beef tender and juicy.
The assortment of vegetables I used were zucchini and mushrooms which took on the savoury marinade flavours; cherry tomatoes that pop bright sweet juices; and white onion and orange pepper, both giving a peppery bite and a crunch to the skewer. All of these flavours are balanced out on a bed of brown rice and given a good sprinkle of nutty flavoured toasted sesame seeds.
To make the marinade, mix all of the ingredients together well: sesame oil, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, water, ginger, garlic, green onion.
Place cut pieces of beef into a dish and add 3/4 of the marinade and let sit for at least an hour. Cut up a variety of vegetables and put into a dish with remaining marinade. Meanwhile, if you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water. Once beef and vegetables are done marinating, put everything onto skewers.
Grill the vegetable and beef skewers for approximately 20 minutes, flipping occasionally.
Plate on a bed of brown rice and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over everything.
Asian Grilled Beef Skewers
- 2 pounds of beef cut up into chunks
- 2 pounds of assorted vegetables chopped in large chunks (e.g. mushroom, cherry tomato, zucchini, onion, peppers)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh shaved ginger
- 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
- 1 green onion chopped finely
- Juice of two limes
- Sriracha to taste
Mix all marinade ingredients together.
Put beef chunks in a bowl and add in 3/4 of marinade to bowl, and let sit, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
Put vegetables in another dish and add remaining marinade and let sit as well, also stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes.
Put meat and vegetables on skewers.
Grill for 20 minutes, flipping occasionally.
Serve on a bed of brown rice and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over dish.