Asparagus Negimaki (Japanese Beef Rools)

Asparagus Negimaki (japanese Beef Rools) Recipe

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Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz


This is an asparagus and beef roll, seasoned with teriyaki sauce, and grilled. An extremely simple dish to prepare which makes an elegant presentation as an appetizer; it also works well as the main dish served over steaming white rice.


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10 Min
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thin asparagus spears, trimmed
1/2 c
soy sauce
1/4 c
1/4 c
mirin or dry sherry
1 Tbsp
fresh ginger, grated
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 bunch
green onions, green portion only
1 1/2 lb
beef tenderloin
freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Asparagus Negimaki (Japanese Beef Rools)


  • 1Preheat a grill pan until hot. Also bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • 2Blanch the asparagus spears in the salted water for about a minute. Drain and plunge the asparagus into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  • 3In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, sugar, mirin, ginger, and garlic. Heat over medium heat until reduced and slightly thickened. Set aside and let cool.
  • 4Cut the green onions, lengthwise, into fourths, so that you have long strips.
  • 5Slice the beef into 1/4-inch slices. Gently pound them to both tenderize and thin out. Dip the slices into the soy sauce mixture and place on a clean work surface. Season with black pepper.
  • 6Place an asparagus spear and a piece of green onion on a beef slice and roll up. Do the same with the remaining asparagus and beef.
  • 7Grill the beef rolls about 2 minutes until slightly charred and medium rare. Turn several times and brush with soy sauce mixture. Remove to a serving platter and drizzle generously with the soy sauce mixture.

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About Asparagus Negimaki (Japanese Beef Rools)

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Asian

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