Thursday, June 6, 2019

Japan - Yakitori

Yakitori is a skewered chicken dish sold in bars or on the street in Japan. It's popular alongside beer. We're not big drinkers so we'll be having it without alcohol today.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup Sake 
  • 1/4 cup Mirin 
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 5-6 spring onions 

I bought this Sake from Amazon. It's pretty expensive but I found this small half size bottle to cook with.

Put the sugar, soy sauce, mirin and Sake in a pan. Boil for 8-10 minutes until it starts to thicken. This sauce is called Tare and is served with the Yakitori.

Cut the chicken and spring onions into inch sized pieces. Thread the chicken and spring onion alternately on skewers for the Yakitori with Tare. Thread just chicken onto skewers for Shio which is a Yakitori seasoned only with salt. Sprinkle salt on these ones. Place them all on an oven tray and grill until cooked and slightly browned.

 Serve with the Tare sauce for dipping.

This was a really easy recipe which was very flavourful. The sauce is very strong but goes well with the simple taste of the grilled chicken. The chicken ended up being a bit dry after grilling so I preferred the Yakitori dipped in the sauce rather than the salted Shio. It'd be better grilled on a barbecue than in the oven as it'd cook quicker drying out less. 

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