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Japanese Beef and Shishito Pepper Skewers are a quick and easy way to have an Asian-inspired dinner any night of the week!



Total time

25 minutes






  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (as needed, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Chili garlic sauce
  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin or four 8-ounce steak (cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces)
  • 20 shishito peppers
  • canola oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Whisk soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and ginger together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat to dissolve the sugar and cook the ginger. Add the chili garlic sauce. Keep warm.
  2. Starting with a shishito pepper, thread the peppers and beef onto skewers, alternating them.
  3. Brush the skewers with oil and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  4. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill 4-5 minutes per side or to medium-rare / medium.
  5. Transfer the skewers to a platter. Drizzle with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

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