【YAKINIKU Recipe】 How to Japanese style BBQ at Home! Tasty YAKINIKU sauce | YAKI-ONIGIRI

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Let’s make Japanese style BBQ at home!

This is Betty.

YAKINIKU is a Japanese style BBQ.

I guess it´s a little different  Western and Japanese BBQ style.


What is Yakiniku ??

Today, “yakiniku” commonly refers to a style of cooking bite-size meat (usually beef and offal) and vegetables on gridirons or griddles over a flame of wood charcoals carbonized by dry distillation (sumibi, 炭火) or a gas/electric grill. In many parts of the world, yakiniku is also commonly referred to as “Japanese barbecue”



YAKINIKU is eating while it’s being grilled.

You’ll have a great time with your family and friends!


In this article, the proper way to enjoy YAKINIKU.


The recipe for the excellent homemade YAKINIKU sauce and the lemon leek salt sauce that we had in the video as well.

And I’d also like to share with you how to make YAKI-ONIGIRI, which I learned to make when I used to work at beach BBQ place.

(YAKI means grilled, ONIGIRI is rice ball)



What ingredients are good for YAKINIKU ?



I can say what ever you like is good!

  • Meat
    Beef, Chicken, Pork, Sausages, Beef tongue, offal also good
  • Veggies
    Any veggies are good. I love mushrooms especially
  • Seafood
    Fish, seashell, all seafood!
  • Rice
    In a bowl eat together with all others, and for yaki-onigiri

Really recommend with Korean lettuce, but also good with other lettuces  instead.

Lettuce for wrap the meat.

Prepare everything before, then get ready Yakiniku !


Next comes recipes for sauce 🙂


Perfect! Homemade YAKINIKU Sauce Recipe

yakiniku recipe 自家製焼き肉のたれ

Good with lettuce wrap

Just mix all the ingredients together for a simple yet authentic YAKINIKU sauce.

It’s quite a strong, and wonderful taste.


Homemade YAKINIKU sauce  Ingredients for 2 people

  • Soy sauce                 4 tablespoon
  • Sugar                        1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil                1 teaspoon
  • Toban Djan (Chinese Chilli bean sauce)
    1 teaspoon
  • Gochujang (Korean Chilli) Not must
    1 teaspoon
  • Honey                        1 teaspoon
  • Pressed garlic                                 1 clove (More for garlic lover)
  • Pressed ginger                           ↑ Same amount as garlic
  • Roasted sesame      Topped
  • Spring onion          Topped


Home made YAKINIKU sauce  How to cook

  1. Mix all the ingredients together
  2. Done!

So easy.


Taste and adjust as you go.

If you’re making YAKIONIGIRI as well, I recommend making more. (Double the amount.)

And this sauce goes perfectly with YAKIONIGIRI i!

If you have leftover sauce, you can use it for fried rice, DONBURI, stir-fries, etc. at a later date.



Lemon leek salt sauce  Recipe

yakiniku recipe 焼き肉のたれレシピ

Plenty of leeks, for those who like leeks.

Lemon leek salt Sauce for a refreshing meal!

I miss beef tongue with this sauce.

that’s pretty good fit with!

When I want to eat something light and sour, I use this lemon leek salt sauce in various ways.

It goes well with everything, such as DONBURI and stir-fries.

It goes well with meat!


Lemon leek salt sauce  Ingredients for 2 people

  • Leek        As you like
  • Spring onion      As you like
  • Lemon juice       1 (tablespoon is ok)
  • Sesame oil           1
  • Sugar              1/4
  • Salt         1/4
  • Black pepper    Topped

※The amount of seasoning is in proportion


Lemon leek salt sauce  How to make

  1. Chopped cut leak and spring onion
  2. leak and sprin onion in a bowl
  3. Add in 1:1 lemon and sesame oil
  4. Add in 1/4 of the salt and sugar to 1
  5. mix well
  6. Black pepper for the finish.


Ideally, it’s enough to make the leeks swim….

If you put a lot of leeks in it, there will be more lemon juice and sesame oil.
So, lemon juice and sesame oil = 1:1 ratio.

Salt and sugar = 1/4 of that.

Taste and adjust as you see fit.

◎Beef tongue with lemon leeks and salt sauce
◎Great for chicken.
◎Great for pork.

It’s the kind that makes you drool when I imagine it.

Lemon leek salt sauce, excellent!



How to make YAKI-ONIGIRI

焼きおにぎり yaki-onigiri

When I used to work at beach BBQ place, coworker teach me about this very delicious YAKI-ONIGIRI.

Once you get to know these YAKI-ONIGIRI, you just can’t help to make them when you have YAKINIKU.

It’s that good!
It’s also a things for finishing up YAKINIKU.  FOR TANOSHIMI

※You need to give them a lot of love for nice YAKI-ONIGIRI.

YAKI-ONIGIRI  Ingredients

  • ONIGIRI (Rice ball)  As you like
  • YAKINIKU sauce                A lot
  • Butter                            A lot
  • A brush would be handy
Use a piece of film or wrap, to make the rice ball (onigiri) press tightly so it don’t fall apart.
But if you press it too much, the sauce won’t soak into the middle, so use the right amount of pressure.


How to make YAKI-ONIGIRI

  1. Make a rice ball between your palms, and press firmly.
    Not too tight, not too loose
  2. Grill it as is, with nothing on it
  3. When it gets crispy, turn it over.
  4. Spread the YAKINIKU sauce generously on the grilled side only.
    (it will soak up about half of the rice ball).
    It is useful to have a brush.
  5. When the other side is crispy too, turn it over and spread a generous amount of grilling sauce on it.
  6. When the grilled side is crispy again, grill the sides in turn.
  7. When it’s crispy, move on to the next side, with a generous amount of sauce on the grilled side.
  8. Soak up the batter on all sides and cook to a crisp…
  9. Place the first side (tossed and crispy and complete) on top and soak it in plenty of butter.
  10. When the baking surface is crispy, turn it over and add plenty of butter.
  11. It’s done!

You want the batter to soak up all the way into the onigiri in an imaginary way.

Eh? This is too much sauce…

Even if you let it soak in as much as you think it should, it’s still good, surprisingly.

A lot of butter is also key!

Keep an eye on it until it’s ready.
We need to see it.
It is quite a handy yaki-onigiri.


But the time and effort you put into making them and the love you put into  them will come back to you with a taste that’s better than you can imagine!

It’s truly addictive!

It’s important to leave some room in your stomach for these onigiri.

By the way, in the video, I ran out of yakiniku sauce and poured some soy sauce on onigiri.

You can use soy sauce, but it’s definitely better with the yakiniku sauce!

So, I still recommend making more yakiniku sauce if you’re going to do home-yakiniku.




japanese style BBQ 自家製焼き肉のたれ

Check out the video to see how to enjoy YAKINIKU.

In your home, or a barbecue outside also nice.


But you might need a small-netted grill grate for Yakiniku, otherwise nice food can fall into fire.

Then I’m sure you gonna be sad.


Hope you enjoy Yakiniku!


Thank you for reading !
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