Bacon Wrapped Quail Eggs Yakitori is a mouthwatering Japanese delicacy consisting of smoky bacon wrapped around tender quail eggs and grilled on the BBQ.
This delectable skewer is typically served with a light and flavorful Japanese tare sauce, adding a delightful balance of sweetness and savory notes without overwhelming the dish. Experience the perfect harmony of textures and flavors with this classic yakitori recipe!
How to make Bacon Wrapped Quail Eggs Yakitori?
- To make bacon-wrapped quail eggs, start by combining soy sauce, Japanese sake, water, bonito flakes (or hondashi), sweetener, and diced garlic in a saucepan and simmer for 7-10 minutes to reduce. Strain out the bonito flakes and transfer the tare sauce to a holding bowl.
- Next, soak wooden skewers in water to prevent flare-ups.
- Wrap a slice of bacon around a quail egg, skewer it, add a piece of green onion, and repeat until done.
- Grill on a BBQ at 350°F for 7-9 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes.
- Finally, brush on the yakitori tare sauce and serve.
What ingredients do I need to make bacon quail yakitori?
- Bacon – thin or regular-thickness bacon works best for wrapping.
- Quails Eggs – comes canned in water. Can pick it up at an Asian grocery store.
- Green Onions – freshly chopped green onion scallions.
- Skewers – wooden or metal skewer sticks. If using wooded sticks, make sure to soak them in water to avoid flare-ups.
- Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
- Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets.
- Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
- Bonito Flakes – made from shaved Dried Bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Can replace with Hondashi.
- Garlic – fresh diced garlic cloves.
What is yakitori?
Yakitori, which translates to grilled chicken, is a beloved Japanese culinary tradition that has evolved to encompass a wide range of delectable skewers. These skewers are not limited to chicken but also include other popular options like chicken skin, cartilage, gizzards, wings, breast, and even quail eggs.
Whether enjoyed with a savory tare sauce or seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon, yakitori offers a delightful and flavorful experience that is often savored during festivals and gatherings.
Looking for other yakitori recipes?
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- Japanese Chicken Skewers Yakitori Negima
- Air Fryer Chicken Yakitori
- Japanese Chicken Meatball Tsukune
- Japanese Beef Skewers Kushiyaki
Bacon Wrapped Quail Eggs Yakitori
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
- If you are making the optional sauce, finely dice garlic and set aside. If you are going to skip the sauce, proceed to step 5)
- In a stove top pot, add all the ingredients for the sauce – Soy Sauce, Japanese Sake, Water, sweetener, Bonito Flakes, and Diced Garlic – and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn heat to simmer and let the sauce reduce for 7-10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Once reduced, strain sauce with a strainer and make sure to squeeze/press any excess sauce from the bonito flakes. Set aside. Note – if you are making more sauce, it will take longer to reduce.
- Cut green onions into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
- Cut slices of bacon to 2.5 - 3 inch lengths, long enough to make 1 wrap around a quail egg and set aside.
- Drain water from the can of quails eggs. Take 1 slice of bacon and wrap each quail egg. Skewer bacon-wrapped quail eggs followed by a piece of green onion as picture shown. Skewer loosely and don't pack in. Repeat for all skewers.
- Preheat grill to 350Once the grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill. Rotate skewers every 2 minutes closing the cover each rotation until done – should take around 7-9 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and if using optional sauce, lightly brush onto the skewer and enjoy!
- Optional Oven Instructions – if you don’t own a BBQ grill or located in an area where grilling is not possible, here are alternative oven instructions. Preheat oven to 500F. Place skewers on a baking rack in center of oven. Rotate skewers every 2-3 min until done – should take around 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and if using sauce optional sauce, lightly brush onto the skewer and enjoy!
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