I am always looking for ways to change up typical meat. Steak can be a difficult one to change up because it can be more on the expensive side, so chopping up and marinating steak may be difficult for some steak purists. However, these steak skewers did not disappoint! I tend to buy only rib-eye, as I like the marblization, but you could use sirloin steak as well for these tasty little steak morsels!
I, as well as my family, am a fan of Asian flavors. I tend to do a lot of Asian marinades. Of course you can buy store bought ones, but I like to adjust flavors to fit my taste buds!
You could do a quick marinade with this instead of creating the steak skewers, but I like to make things a bit fancier and these bite sized steaks made it easy to not have to cut up food for the kids! I used metal skewers, and would not recommend using wood ones as they tend to burn and make it difficult to keep the skewers together. However, if you do use wooden ones just make sure you soak them in water first for about an hour. This helps the food not stick to them and will lessen the likelihood they will catch fire.
For this recipe, you’ll want to cut the steak into cubes, as uniform as possible, about an inch by an inch. Once the steak is cut, marinate it for at least an hour, longer if possible. I like to reserve a bit of the marinade to baste the meat with and have a bit extra as a “steak sauce” to use if you are a condiments person like me!
Once the steak is done marinading, skewer it up and ready the grill! Be sure to cook these on all sides for a uniform sear, but not too long or you’ll have jerky! The length of time on the grill depends on how you like your steak. We are medium well eaters in this house!
Asian Steak Skewers:
- 2 pounds sirloin or ribeye steak diced into cubes
- 2 tablespoons diced garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 finely chopped shallots
- sesame seeds and green onion for garnish
Combine all ingredients (minus the steak and garnish) in a bowl and stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. Then you can can either transfer the marinade to a ziplock bag to add the steak to (how I do it) or add the steak to the bowl. REMINDER- if you are taking any of the marinade out to baste with be sure to do it before adding the meat.
Let meat marinade at least an hour and then skewer the cubes. Place on grill and turn every few minutes to hit each side. Remember don’t cook them too long on any one side or you will over cook them. If you are basting, be sure to add a little sauce every time you turn them.
Once the steak is done to your liking, pull the skewers off and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. I served these with a rice pilaf made with Jasmine rice and sauteed onions, mushrooms, celery, and garlic. Add in a veggie and your dish is complete!