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

Japanese Grilled Beef Yakiniku

Make this delicious yakiniku recipe just like the ones from popular Japanese yakiniku restaurants in the comfort of your own kitchen. Charcoal grilled slices of beef served along side a sweet, savory, umami filled dipping sauce and a side of veggies!
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
Calories 545kcal



  • 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
  • 1/2 tbsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes can sub with 1/8 tsp of hondashi
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 1/2 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


  • 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, sweetener, 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!



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