Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus Yakitori

Introducing my Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus Yakitori recipe, also known as Yakiton! This Japanese classic combines thinly sliced pork belly and tender asparagus, grilled to perfection for a mouthwatering BBQ experience. Fire up the grill and savor the deliciousness of this classic Japanese skewer!

Pork belly wrapped asparagus and okra yakitori served on a white plate with ground red pepper.

Why I Love This Recipe

What I love about my Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus Yakitori recipe is its delightful simplicity and the burst of flavor it brings to your table! This Japanese classic is all about thinly sliced pork belly, wrapped lovingly around tender asparagus, making it a perfect addition to your traditional Japanese skewer like Negima Yakitori and Beef Kushiyaki. The process is as easy as it gets too – just skewer, season with salt and white pepper, and grill to perfection! I promise it’s a fail proof and delicious way to experience Japanese yakitori grilling at home!

It’s a side dish that complements other yakitori creations like my Bacon Wrapped Quail Eggs or Bacon Wrapped Enoki Mushroom, and it offers a delightful contrast to tare-basted yakitori dishes. The result is a lightly savory, juicy, smoky delight with a hint of white pepper. If you’re ready for an authentic Japanese skewer experience, fire up that grill and savor the deliciousness of this Yakiton now!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Thinly Sliced Pork Belly – thin slices of pork belly made for shabu shabu, similar thickness to bacon. Can be found as Asian grocery stores.
  • Asparagus – fresh asparagus trimmed.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred
  • White Pepper – ground White Pepper in a bottle.

🍖 Pork Note

If cutting the pork belly thinly on your own, it’s most convenient to do so when the pork belly is in a semi-frozen state.

Pork belly wrapped asparagus and okra yakitori served on a white plate with ground red pepper.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

🍢 Skewer Pro Tip

Choosing Metal Skewers is a wise choice for a hassle-free and safe grilling experience. Metal skewers eliminate any worries about the skewers catching on fire.

Directions

Step 1 Wrap cut asparagus stalk with a thin slice of pork belly and skewer onto pre-soaked skewers. Season with salt and white pepper.

Asparagus wrapped in pork belly.

Step 2 Grill the skewer for 4-6 minutes at 350F while rotating every 2 minutes with the cover closed.

Pork belly yakitori skewers in the grill.

🍢 Serving Pro Tip

Serve with Togarashi or Ground Red Pepper for added taste.

Recipe Variations

Create exciting variations of this dish by using the same base recipe and adding your favorite grilled vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions.

Pairing Recommendations

Complete your meal with a savory Japanese-style soup like Japanese Chicken Soup and a simple green salad dressed with a Japanese-style dressing such as Wafu Salad Dressing.

Pork belly wrapped asparagus and okra yakitori being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recommended grill temperature for cooking Pork Belly Yakitori?

The recommended grill temperature for is 350°F with the cover closed. This temperature ensures that the skewers cook evenly and achieve that perfect grilled flavor.

Can I use frozen asparagus for this dish?

No, it's recommended to use fresh asparagus for this recipe.

What dipping sauce pairs well with this dish?

No dipping sauce or tare is. However, if you'd like to enhance the flavor, you can drizzle some lemon juice over the skewers for that extra zesty kick.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5-7 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, simply reheat in the microwave.

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Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus Yakitori

Elevate your BBQ game with Pork Belly Yakitori, a delectable Japanese skewer recipe. Juicy, flavorful, and a Japanese grilling classic!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: pork belly skewers, pork belly yakitori
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 6 Skewers
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Calories: 69kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for pork belly yakitori.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
    Skewers being soaked in water.
  • Cut asparagus into 1 inch length and set aside. Note - only use the tender end of the asparagus.
    Cut asparagus.
  • Take a 2-3 pieces of asparagus and tightly wrap pork belly around. Skewer loosely and don't pack in. We fit 3 asparagus wrapped pork bellies to a skewer. Repeat for all skewers you are making and then transfer to holding plate.
    Asparagus wrapped in pork belly.
  • Lightly sprinkle salt and White Pepper on both sides of the skewer and set aside.
    Pork belly yakitori skewers.
  • Preheat grill to 350. Once 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 4-6 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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