Transforming Teriyaki Beef Skewers: A Flavorful Delight

Top down view of teriyaki beef skewers garnished with herbs, peppers, and sesame seeds.

Teriyaki beef skewers, soaked in a mouthwatering homemade marinade, are an irresistible delight that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a delicious weeknight dinner. These skewers are marinated to perfection, making them a stellar choice for family gatherings, appetizers, or cookouts. Their simplicity is elevated by the fun and creativity of garnishing them with herbs, peppers, and sesame seeds.

Choosing the Perfect Beef Cut

To create these delectable skewers, a budget-friendly cut of beef known as top round steak is used. This cut is derived from the rump and hind legs and is ideal for this recipe when cut into long, thin strips and threaded onto skewers.

Storing the Skewers

Once prepared, these teriyaki beef skewers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for one to two days, allowing you to enjoy them at your own pace.

Side view of plated teriyaki beef skewers.

Freezing for Future Enjoyment

If you wish to make a batch in advance or have leftovers, freezing these skewers is a great option. After allowing them to cool, arrange the beef skewers on a plate and let them freeze until solid (approximately three hours). Wrap each individual frozen skewer in aluminum foil, and store them in a sealed container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to three months.

Choosing the Right Skewers

When it comes to selecting the ideal skewers, you have two options: metal skewers or wooden bamboo skewers. The latter offers easy cleanup and a classic look. To prevent the bamboo skewers from burning while the meat is being cooked, soak them in water before use. Simply place them in a long, shallow dish filled with about 1/4 inch of water. Let them soak for a minimum of 30 minutes or ideally overnight. Pat the skewers dry, then thread on the meat as directed.

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Oven-Baked Delight

While this recipe is primarily designed for grilling, you can also bake these skewers in the oven if you don’t have access to a grill. To do this, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and arrange the skewers in a single layer on the foil. Bake the skewers for 10-13 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Close up of teriyaki beef skewers garnished with herbs and peppers.

Delectable Pairings for Teriyaki Beef Skewers

The sweet and savory flavors of teriyaki beef skewers make them a versatile companion to a wide range of side dishes. Here are some delectable suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  • Baked Mexican Corn
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Spaghetti Pasta Salad
  • Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
  • Orzo Pasta Salad
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • Best Egg Salad
  • Crock Pot Creamed Corn

Notes and Tips

  • Feel free to use either metal skewers or bamboo skewers. If using bamboo skewers, remember to soak them beforehand to prevent burning.
  • For the complete recipe measurements and instructions, refer to the detailed recipe section below.

Let’s Get Started!

Step 1: In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper to create the flavorful marinade.

Step 2: Add the strips of top round steak to the bowl and coat them thoroughly with the marinade.

Step 3: Cover the bowl and allow the beef to marinate for two hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.

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Step 4: When it’s time to cook, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 20 minutes to prevent them from catching fire on the grill.

Step 5: Thread the marinated beef strips onto the skewers, creating a delightful display. You should be able to make 15-20 skewers with this amount of meat.

Step 6: Grill the skewers to perfection, savoring the tantalizing aroma as the flavors develop.

Step 7: Serve the teriyaki beef skewers and relish in the delightful blend of flavors and textures.

Enjoy this scrumptious treat that brings together the rich teriyaki marinade and perfectly grilled beef. These skewers are bound to become a favorite at your dinner table and provide a captivating culinary experience.

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