View Full Version : Yakitori Suggestions?

08-16-2013, 12:47 AM
I'm on the hook for preparing Yakitori for a Japanese food group I belong to. (I think I'm the only one with a portable grill) I'm planning on classic chicken skewers with scallion and tare and have shichimi tagarashi for seasoning.

Any tips or suggestions to elevate this dish?

While I have the grill hot I've thought about making Yaki Onigiri per "The Japanese Grill". This would be a first time and I have visions of rice falling through the grates. Any thoughts?

Thanks. Pics, if not too bad, to follow.

08-16-2013, 01:42 AM
may I suggest Japanese yaki rice cake, it is more easy to cook than Yaki Onigiri!!
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/65E55F0F5E741_zps07c20a68.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/65E55F0F5E741_zps07c20a68.jpg.html)
you can use BBQ grill instead electron Gill


08-16-2013, 02:14 AM
Be sure to salt before grilling and serve with lemon wedges, good salt, and if you can find it, yuzu kosho. Also serve a variety if you can, such as chicken wings and drumettes (Tebasaki), breast meat (Sasami), liver (Motsu), and hearts (Hatsu).

Brad Gibson
08-16-2013, 02:53 AM
Beef tongue and maitake mushrooms are extremely good.

08-16-2013, 05:32 AM
pork wrap tomato
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/1359883710-3131834102_l_zps7397e85d.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/1359883710-3131834102_l_zps7397e85d.jpg.html)
Mentaiko stuff chicken wing
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/cm20130615_161309_579016_f10957c950a1de3fe4d113119 31331bb847_zps58b3f136.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/cm20130615_161309_579016_f10957c950a1de3fe4d113119 31331bb847_zps58b3f136.jpg.html)
Mentaiko over chicken
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/1359883661-2118790886_l_zpsdcf46cd3.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/1359883661-2118790886_l_zpsdcf46cd3.jpg.html)
Miso pork
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/1326956854-241808191_l_zps3004407c.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/1326956854-241808191_l_zps3004407c.jpg.html)
bacon wrap rice cake
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/1-330x0-1193115601199_zps24b563a2.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/1-330x0-1193115601199_zps24b563a2.jpg.html)

08-16-2013, 10:27 AM
The classic ones are probably tsukune (chicken meatballs with or without sauce), bacon wrapped asparagus, and simple grilled shiitake. I really like the bacon wrapped mochi. :D

08-16-2013, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try the miso pork and bacon wrapped tomatoes in addition to the chicken.

I would not have associated bacon or pork belly with Japanese cuisine, somewhere I got the impression that smoked meat was considered "tainted" or spoiled. I'm sure I read it on the internet...

08-18-2013, 05:13 AM
Many Japanese love pork. There are numerous smoked meats that are commonly eaten in Japan, including bacon and smoked sausage. Still, Yakitori usually does not generally include non-poultry meat items or includes only a very limited number of non-poultry meat items. It is "grilled bird" after all.

08-18-2013, 10:32 AM
Thanks for the clarification Michael. . I had recently cured a pork belly and put some thick slices on skewers and glazed them while grilling. They went over very well as did the chicken. The host had put together some skewers of chicken organ meats and some of skin. Skin was great and I was told the organ meats were good.