Asian Sesame Beef Skewers

by Amy on 13 August 2014

Asian Sesame Beef SkewersWe live in a part of the country (Tennessee) where we can comfortably grill outside at least 6 months of the year. However, my favorite time of the year to grill is now – the last month or so of summer, when the weather is starting to cool down just a bit. The daytimes are still hot, but the evenings start to get that slight cooler feel of fall. That hints that autumn is just around the corner, and motivates me to use the grill as much as possible while we still can. So, for one of our many grilled-out meals recently, we gave a new recipe a try – these Asian Sesame Beef Skewers. And they were SO wonderful that I wanted to share the recipe right away so y’all can give them a try soon, too!

These skewers were AMAZING. The marinade is wonderfully flavorful and complex. It has saltiness + sweetness from the soy and sugar, some punch from the garlic, ginger, and red pepper, and great depth from the sesame oil. The sticky, delicious marinade caramelizes beautifully on the grill, leaving super scrumptious, charred grill marks. While I thought I made enough for leftovers, these were so tasty that we literally gobbled down every last bite. This fabulous recipe is going on regular rotation in our household + I hope y’all love it as much as we do!

Asian Sesame Beef Skewers

Asian Sesame Beef Skewers

serves 2, adapted from The Black Peppercorn


1 lb beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
8 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp freshly-grated ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp sesame seeds, for garnish
2 green onions, sliced, for garnish
wooden skewers


In a large ziplock bag, combine the sesame oil, vegetable oil, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Add in the steak cubes, seal up the bag, and toss until everything is well combined + the steak is completely coated. Put in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

An hour before grilling, soak the wooden skewers in water.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Thread the steak onto the skewers. Discard any extra marinade and the bag.

Grill on medium high, flipping once halfway through. Grilling for 6 minutes will cook them to medium-rare, and grilling for 8 minutes will cook them to medium. Adjust the grilling time to your desired doneness.

When done, place skewers on a platter and garnish with the sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matt Robinson August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

These look so incredibly good, can’t wait to make them before summer ends!

2 sarah k @ the pajama chef August 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

these look incredible, great for grilling for sure! and btw- isn’t the weather this week here in nashville amazing?!? :)

3 amy August 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Yes! I just got home from lunch at the Farmer’s Market and we were all commenting how perfect the weather has been. =)

4 Adri August 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I really enjoy these Asian flavors with beef. I bet this would also be fab as a marinade for a piece of flank steak. What nice photos. Brava!

5 Caitlin August 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I just showed these to my husband and we decided that they are on our weekend menu. They look amazing! I just hope the rain quits so we can enjoy our grill a little while longer…

6 amy August 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Oh, yay, Caitlin! My husband and I had the same experience – we saw them on another blog, then knew we had to make them ASAP. Hope y’all love them as much as we did!

7 danielle August 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

We havent made kabobs all summer – These look great!

8 easyfoodsmith August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

I love grilled food coz it is so easy to dish it up and the end result is fabulous. All it needs is a fab marinade and your job is nearly done. These skewers sound delicious. I have never tried Oriental flavors for making grilled food. Thanks for sharing.

9 Beth August 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

This looks delicious! And how lucky you are to grill six months of the year. I guess we could, too, but at least two of those months would be pretty cold!

10 Choc Chip Uru August 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Wow, your skewers look succulent and delicious 😀

Choc Chip Uru

11 Regina August 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Mmmhhh… I love to add sesame to my meals. So these skewers are really inviting me!

12 Kelly August 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

These skewers look so flavorful and tasty, Amy! I love the sound of this marinade. We can’t get enough of grilling but we do enjoy it the most this time of year too before summer ends. Definitely can’t wait to add this to our menu soon :)

13 Anna (Hidden Ponies) August 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I’m so glad we can grill all year since our grill is under cover – these look like they need to become a regular in our rotation too!

14 Amy (Savory Moments) August 20, 2014 at 5:43 am

I love this time of year when you start to get the cooler evenings and begin to feel fall creeping in. These skewers look delicious – very flavorful!

15 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Yes it is finally cooling down in TN to a temperature where you can grill without sweating your butt off! These skewers sound right up my alley.

16 Meghan September 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

These need to be made before summer ends!!

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