Yakiniku Beef / Spicy Beef Ramen Skewers | Recipeish | Gustus Vitae

  • Yield: Serves 4.
  • Time Estimate: 3 hours, including 2 1/2 unattended.
  • Storage Notes: Best if enjoyed immediately.
  • Difficulty: Easy.

Yakiniku literally means 'grilled meat' in Japanese, and with such a broad term, it gives license for all sorts of regional styles, flavors, ingredients and techniques. Here at Gustus Vitae's world headquarters, the style is family, the flavor is racy, the ingredients are premium and the technique is well seasoned.

Try this quick to prepare family style meal with great beef and a cold beverage before the weather cools, and enjoy the best in yakiniku cuisine.



  • Slice steaks in half tip to tail, then cut against the grain into uniform, 1/8" slices.
  • In a large bowl, combine Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Pomegranate Cane Sugar, Shichimi Ramen Seasoning, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil.
  • Finely mince shallot and red onion, add to bowl, and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  • Add steak, tossing to incorporate fully, before transferring to a smaller bowl, covering with saran, and popping in the fridge.
  • After 2 hours begin bringing your BBQ up to high heat. Strain off as much of the marinade as you can, pouring into a small sauce-pot. Place pot on BBQ to begin cooking and reducing - you're shooting for a thick, jammy consistency, which will take around 30-40 minutes to achieve.
  • If you have a rice cooker, now's a good time to get going with a cup of rice, or just start cooking a cup the traditional way.
  • Fit beef onto skewers, wipe down grill grates with a bit of oil, and place down skewers. On a high heat uncovered, they'll take around 5 minutes per side for some nice, uneven charring, with some bits blackened and some bits quite pink: this jagged charring makes each bite uniquely delicious. 
  • Remove skewers and reduced marinade from BBQ. Spoon over jammy marinade reduction, finely chop spring onion and sprinkle over, and give everything a final dusting of Shichimi Ramen Seasoning for extra pop and over-the-top flavor.
  • Serve family style on a large cutting board with rice, and devour.