Negimaki or “Meat Sushi”

I like this idea of “meat sushi.” It just sounds magnificent. I also like it as a option for flank steak instead of the usual grilling up a slab of meat and then slicing it into thin strips to eat. Plus, flank steak loves Asian flavors so it just has to be good.

It is also warming up outside so this is also begging for the top spot as I prepare to christen the grill for spring. Heck, I might even fire up the grill pan and serve up some indoors off the stove if it doesn’t warm up in time.

Two recipes here for a similar idea. One with flank steak…the other chicken. The link to Sesame Chicken Negimaki is at the bottom.

Ingredients–Serves 4

2 quarts water

1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided

12 small scallions, trimmed to 6-inches in length

1 pound flank steak, roughly 6 to 7 inches square

1/4 cup sake

1/4 cup mirin

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Type of fire: direct

Grill heat: high


(If you want to serve this with some rice, I’d fire up the rice cooker or your pan of rice now.)

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon of salt, then blanch scallions until just softened, about 45 seconds. Remove scallions to a bowl of ice water. Transfer scallions to paper towels to drain and pat dry.

Cut flank steak with the grain, holding a large knife at a 30-degree angle to cutting board, into 12 1/8-inch-thick slices that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Arrange slices 1 inch apart on plastic wrap, then cover with another piece of plastic wrap and pound slices until about 1/16 inch thick.

Arrange 3 beef slices side by side, overlapping slices slightly to form a 6-inch square. Sprinkle square lightly with salt, then lay 3 scallions across the meat in the direction of the grain. Tightly roll up meat around scallions and tie shut with kitchen twine at ends and where meat slices overlap. Repeat with remaining meat and scallions.

Stir together sake, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Put rolls in a small dish and pour marinade over them, turning to coat. Marinate, turning occasionally, while preparing the grill, 15 to 30 minutes.

Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill rolls, reserving marinade, until well seared on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

While the meat is resting, pour reserved marinade into a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Cut off and discard twine from negimaki rolls. Cut eat roll into 6 1-inch slices. Arrange rolls on a plate and drizzle with sauce.

From: Grilling: Negimaki

Also: Sesame Chicken Negimaki

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