Japanese Grilled Beef Yakiniku

Japanese beef yakiniku is traditional Japanese BBQ grilled over some charcoal and served along side some yakiniku dipping sauce.

It usually consists of a small grill filled with charcoal placed in the center of the table while different cuts of meats and vegetables are cooked on top of it.  This communal style of eating is meant to be enjoyed with leisure and good company.

The grilled items are then dipped in a sweet and savory sauce usually containing sugar and soy sauce among other ingredients.

Japanese grilled beef yakiniku being dipping into a homemade yakiniku sauce.

If you haven’t already guessed, we love BBQing in the summer months and with our already released Korean BBQ and Yakitori series, we will add another one to that with our yakiniku release!

Yakiniku just means grilled beef in Japanese and is prepared exactly in that way.  It’s beef, usually slices of ribeye, chuck or top round, grilled on a BBQ and served with yakiniku dipping sauce.

Now, this sauce is where it’s at because it’s what really sets yakitori and yakiniku apart.

Yakiniku meat served on a black slate with veggies.

Yakitori sauce has a profile more similar to teriyaki,  but the yakiniku sauce is more fruit forward with infused sesame flavors.

If you have never had it before, we definitely recommend giving it a go!   It’s easy enough to make at home and will provide you with another delicious way to enjoy your summer BBQs!

Japanese style grilled beef yakiniku on the grill with vegetables.

You never can go wrong with grilling beef on a BBQ, but add some of this sweet fruit forward and toasted sesame seed flavored Japanese yakiniku sauce and you’ll be making a game changer!

Japanese grilled beef yakiniku served with yakiniku sauce and veggies, top down shot.

Now, let’s get making this Japanese Grilled Beef Yakiniku recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cooking Time 10M
  • Total Time 15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~3g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Beef

  • 3/4 lb Ribeye, Chuck, or Flank in 1/2″ Strips
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Yakiniku Dipping Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Use a paper towel to pat down any excess moisture from slices of beef.  Sprinkle on salt and black pepper and set aside at room temperature.

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3) In a stove top pot, add Japanese sake, Monkfruit Erythritol Blend, Soy Sauce and Bonito Flakes (or hondashi and bring to boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and let it simmer for 1 minute.  After 1 minute has passed, strain Bonito Flakes with a strainer and use a spoon to push out any excess juices from the Bonito Flakes.  Transfer sauce to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool down.  Note – if using hondashi, no need to strain.

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4) In the meantime, peel skin off of the apple and use a grater to grate apple and garlic cloves.  Place inside the mixing bowl along with Sesame Oil, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Black Pepper and Rice Vinegar.  Give the sauce a nice mix and place in fridge until ready to use.  Note –  the yakiniku dipping sauce will taste best after sitting in the fridge overnight but not required.

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5) Preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350F. Once the grill is up to temp, place slices of beef on the grill.  Close lid and cook for ~1 minute until browned.  Flip beef and cook for ~1 minute or until preferred liking.  Transfer to a serving plate and serve with yakiniku dipping sauce!

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Japanese grilled beef yakiniku served with yakiniku sauce and veggies, top down shot.

Japanese Grilled Beef Yakiniku

Japanese beef yakiniku is traditional Japanese BBQ grilled over some charcoal and served along side some yakiniku dipping sauce.
5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: beef yakiniku, yakiniku dipping sauce, yakiniku recipe, yakiniku sauce recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 545kcal

Ingredients

Beef

  • 3/4 lb Beef Ribeye, Chuck, or Flank in 1/2" Strips
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes can sub with 1/8 tsp of hondashi
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Grated Apple about 1/8 Medium Apple
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Rice Vinegar can sub with White Vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Use a paper towel to pat down any excess moisture from slices of beef. Sprinkle on salt and black pepper and set aside at room temperature.
  • In a stove top pot, add Japanese sake, Monkfruit Erythritol Blend, Soy Sauce and Bonito Flakes and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and let it simmer for 1 minute. After 1 minute has passed, strain Bonito Flakes with a strainer and use a spoon to push out any excess juices from the Bonito Flakes. Transfer sauce to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool down.
  • In the meantime, peel skin off of the apple and use a grater to grate apple and garlic cloves. Place inside the mixing bowl along with Sesame Oil, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Black Pepper and Rice Vinegar. Give the sauce a nice mix and place in fridge until ready to use. Note - the yakiniku dipping sauce will taste best after sitting in the fridge overnight but not necessary.
  • Preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350. Once the grill is up to temp, place slices of beef on the grill. Close lid and cook for ~1 minute until browned. Flip beef and cook for ~1 minute or until preferred liking. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with yakiniku dipping sauce!

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Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1769mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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