Sesame Beef Skewers Recipe

Perfect for your next light meal.
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November 2, 2022
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Serve up something different at your next cookout with these sesame beef skewers. They're easy to make and can be grilled or baked. Just thread the beef onto skewers, brush with a simple marinade, and cook until slightly charred.

These sesame beef skewers are a great choice for your next party or barbecue. The recipe is easy to follow and the result is delicious and impressive. Your guests will love the flavor of the beef, and the sesame seeds add a nice touch of texture and flavor.



  • 1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

When it comes to sesame beef skewers, there are a few key ingredients that you'll need. First, you'll need some beef. You can use any cut of beef that you like, but we recommend something like flank or skirt steak. Cut the beef into 1-inch cubes and set them aside.

Next, you'll need a marinade for your beef. We like to use a simple mixture of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, and sesame oil. But feel free to experiment with other flavors that you like. Just make sure that the marinade has enough acidity to help tenderize the beef.

Simple Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and garlic. Set aside.
  2. Cut the beef into 1-inch cubes and thread onto skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before using). Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the beef skewers for 8-10 minutes, flipping once, or until the beef is cooked to your desired doneness. Brush the skewers with the soy sauce mixture during the last few minutes of grilling.
  4. Remove from grill and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Detailed Directions

  1. Sesame beef skewers are a great way to add flavor to a barbecue or backyard cookout. To get the most out of your beef, marinate it for at least 30 minutes. Thread the beef onto the skewers about one ounce per skewer. Grill the beef for about three to four minutes on each side or until it reaches your desired degree of doneness. Once you're done, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
  2. To get the best results, grill the beef skewers on a hardwood charcoal fire on medium heat. Be sure to avoid overheating the fire or the meat will burn. Turn the beef skewers occasionally to ensure even cooking. Alternatively, you can use a convection oven. Heat it to 350 degrees. Place the beef skewers on a grate above a sheet pan. The heated air will circulate around the meat while it cooks, resulting in a tender and juicy meal.
  3. To prepare the beef skewers, cut the flank steak into thin strips. Mix with the sesame-ginger marinade. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Once the beef is marinated, skewer it on the sticks. After an hour, flip the beef over and grill it over high heat. This will give the meat a caramelized crust and tender meat.
  4. The sesame marinade contains 6 cloves of grated fresh garlic, a tablespoon of grated ginger, 2 tablespoons of low-sodium tamari, and 1/4 cup of toasted sesame oil. Diced red onion is also threaded on the skewers. Once cooked, serve the skewers with rice and sesame seeds.
  5. Before preparing the beef, mix the vegetables. Mix the cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs in a bowl and set aside. In the meantime, heat the grill or broiler. When it's ready, place the skewers on the grill. Turn the skewers every couple of minutes to cook.

Serving Suggestions

These savory sesame beef skewers are the perfect party appetizer or main course. Here are some serving suggestions to make your meal complete.

For the main course, serve the skewers with steamed rice and a simple salad. If you're looking for a lighter meal, pair the skewers with a fresh green salad and some whole-grain bread.

No matter what you serve them with, these flavorful beef skewers are sure to be a hit!

Nutrition Facts

When it comes to quick and easy weeknight dinners, sesame beef skewers are a winner in our book. And not only are they delicious, but they’re also relatively healthy. Here’s a look at the nutrition facts for these tasty skewers.

One skewer contains approximately:

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 12 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 6 grams
  • Sodium: 170 mg

As you can see, each skewer is packed with protein and relatively low in calories and carbs. The sodium content is on the higher side, but that’s mostly due to the soy sauce marinade (which can be easily reduced or omitted).

Overall, these sesame beef skewers make a great healthy option for a weeknight meal.


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