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Keto Japanese Beef Skewers – Kushiyaki


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Our third entry into our yakitori series is beef kushiyaki, although technically it isn’t a yakitori since it isn’t chicken.  But since kushiyaki, which means ‘skewer BBQ’, is often clumped together in the yakitori section of restaurant menus, we figured we would just do the same!  Plus, it probably is much easier to secure some beef rather then quail eggs, chicken skin, shiso and other specific yakitori ingredients.  The recipe for this is actually quite simple, and with certain meats like beef, simple is all you need.  We provided 2 ways to enjoy this dish and both will complement a BBQ along side our Keto Japanese Chicken Skewers and Keto Japanese Chicken Meatballs perfectly!  The 1st way is utilizing the same sauce as the other yakitori with some added garlic.  The other is by just squeezing some lemon juice onto the beef before serving.  At our BBQs, we actually do half with yakitori sauce, and the other half with the lemons as we find the contrasting flavors to pair very well together!  Either way, you never can go wrong with a BBQ skewers!

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This dish is low-carb/keto friendly at ~1-2g carbs per skewer and if you are looking to make this your main meal, I would say 3-4 skewers would fill a person up.  The yakitori sauce provides a semi sweet soy sauce paired with the flavors of BBQ garlic where as the lemon will give a nice zesty, salty, umami taste profile.

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The special ingredients needed for this recipe are Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Bonito Flakes, Toasted Sesame Seed (optional), and Japanese Cooking Sake (can be replaced with dry sherry).  All these can be picked up on Amazon (aside from Japanese sake) or a local Asian Supermarket.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 15M

Cooking Time 5M

Total Time 20M

Net Carb/Serv ~1-2g

Serving 3-4 skewers

Ingredients

Beef

  • 1/3 lb Thin Strips of Rib Roast, Chuck, or Top Sirloin (we use Top Sirloin)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Wooden Skewers
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed (optional)
  • 1/2 Stalk of Green Onion (optional topping)

Sauce 1

Sauce 2

  • 2 Wedges of Lemon

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Cut beef into 1 x 1 inch strips/squares and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.  For best results, let salt marinate into beef for 10 minutes at room temperature.

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3) Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.

4) Slice optional green onions and set aside (we slice them at a 45 degree angle).

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5) If using Sauce 2, skip to step 7b).  If using Sauce 1, finely dice 1 clove of garlic and cut the renaming garlic clove in halves.  Set aside.

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6) In a stove top pot, add all the ingredients for the sauce – Soy Sauce, Japanese Sake, Water, Swerve/Monkfruit, Bonito Flakes, and half of the diced garlic – and bring to boil.  Once boiling, reduce to simmer heat and let sauce reduce for 7-10 minutes or until slightly reduced.  Once reduced, strain sauce with strainer and make sure to squeeze/press any excess sauce from the bonito flakes.  Note – if you are making more sauce, it will take longer to reduce.

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7a) For Sauce 1, skewer each piece of beef so it will lay flat on the grill.  For every 2-3 pieces of meat, place garlic halve in between as shown in picture below.

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7b) For Sauce 2, skewer each piece of beef so it will lay flat on the grill.

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8a) For Sauce 1, preheat grill to 350F. Once grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill.  Take a basting brush and generously brush sauce on each skewer and cook covered for 2 minutes.  Flip beef after 2 minutes and baste once again.  Cover and cook for an additional 1-2 minute until meat reaches your liking.  Discard remaining basting sauce.  Serve with sprinkle of optional Toasted Sesame Seed and green onions.

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8b) For Sauce 2, preheat grill to 350F. Once grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill and cook covered for 2 minutes.  Flip beef after 2 minutes , cover and cook for an additional 1-2 minute until meat reaches your liking.  Serve with lemon wedges and sprinkle of optional Toasted Sesame Seed and green onions.

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Keto Japanese Beef Skewers - Kushiyaki

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Keto Japanese Beef Skewers - Kushiyaki. Enjoy this delicious Japanese style BBQ at only ~1-2g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: ketojapanesebbq, ketojapanesebeef, ketoyakitori, lowcarbjapanesebbq, lowcarbjapanesebeef, lowcarbyakitori
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 Skewers
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Ingredients

Beef

  • 1/3 lb Thin Strips of Rib Roast, Chuck, or Top Sirloin (we use Top Sirloin)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Pieces Wooden Skewers
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed (optional)
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion (optional topping)

Sauce 1

  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 1/2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • 5-7 Cloves Garlic

Sauce 2

  • 2 Wedges Lemon

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Cut beef into 1 x 1 inch strips/squares and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. For best results, let salt marinate into beef for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Slice optional green onions and set aside (we slice them at a 45 degree angle).
  • If using Sauce 2, skip to step 7b). If using Sauce 1, finely dice 1 clove of garlic and cut the renaming garlic clove in halves. Set aside.
  • In a stove top pot, add all the ingredients for the sauce - Soy Sauce, Japanese Sake, Water, Swerve/Monkfruit, Bonito Flakes, and half of the diced garlic - and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer heat and let sauce reduce for 7-10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Once reduced, strain sauce with strainer and make sure to squeeze/press any excess sauce from the bonito flakes. Note - if you are making more sauce, it will take longer to reduce.
  • A) For Sauce 1, skewer each piece of beef so it will lay flat on the grill. For every 2-3 pieces of meat, place garlic halve in between as shown in picture below.
    B) For Sauce 2, skewer each piece of beef so it will lay flat on the grill.
  • A) For Sauce 1, preheat grill to 350F. Once grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill. Take a basting brush and generously brush sauce on each skewer and cook covered for 2 minutes. Flip beef after 2 minutes and baste once again. Cover and cook for an additional 1-2 minute until meat reaches your liking. Discard remaining basting sauce. Serve with sprinkle of optional Toasted Sesame Seed and green onions.
    B) For Sauce 2, preheat grill to 350F. Once grill is preheated, reduce heat to medium-low and place skewers on the grill and cook covered for 2 minutes. Flip beef after 2 minutes , cover and cook for an additional 1-2 minute until meat reaches your liking. Serve with lemon wedges and sprinkle of optional Toasted Sesame Seed and green onions.

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