Spicy Pork Skewers with Grilled Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

This recipe is great tasting, flavorful, and has a colorful presentation. It is very easy to prepare as well.

What you’ll need for the skewers:

Center cut pork loin – cut into 1/2″-3/4″ cubes (I asked my butcher to do this) about a half pound per person

spicy yakitori sauce

ziplock bag

wooden skewers – soaked in water for about an hour prior to use

What you’ll need for the relish:

1-2 Endive

pineapple – sliced approximately 1/2″ thick or a little thinner

1/2 sweet onion – sliced same as pineapple

1 large red or orange bell pepper – quartered

juice from 1-2 limes

cilantro – chopped, to taste

coarse salt to taste, if desired

What you’ll do:

Place the cubed pork into a ziplock bag and add enough spicy yakitori sauce to coat the pork well. We marinated the pork for two whole days. After two days take the pork and place onto the pre-soaked wooden skewers and set aside. Fire up your grill on high then go in and prep your pineapple slices, sweet onion, and bell pepper. By now the grill should be getting nice and hot. Place the pineapple, sweet onion, and bell pepper on the grill for about four minutes per side, rotating once on each side at the two minute mark (to get nice grill marks). Remove from grill and dice into small bite-sized pieces and combine in a bowl. Chop some cilantro to add to the mixture then add your lime juice to taste, as well as a pinch of salt if so desired. Stir well and set aside. Take your pork skewers and grill about four minutes per side, rotating once at two minutes. Clean your endive, chop off the ends and place the leaves on the plates. Spoon in some relish into each and serve with the pork skewers. Mmmm good and it looks good too!

Obaachan Spicy Yakitori Sauce Pork Skewers with Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

Obaachan Spicy Yakitori Sauce Pork Skewers with Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

Citrus Honey Marinade

Here is a recipe for a quick, easy, and flavorful marinade. We used it on our chicken, I’m sure it would work well with salmon too!

Clean and wash four chicken breasts and place in a large ziplock bag

What you need for the marinade:

1/2 cup original yakitori sauce

1/3 cup of orange juice

1/4 cup of honey

Whisk all three ingredients together in a bowl and then pour over the chicken, remove as much air as possible then seal the bag and let sit overnight. Heat grill to medium heat, lightly oil, and place chicken on grill for approximately 12 minutes per side. I like to rotate their placement on the grill after six minutes on each side for nice grill marks. If you have a thermometer, check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees and remove. Enjoy!

Citrus Honey Yakitori Chicken

Citrus Honey Yakitori Chicken

Grilled Pork Chops and Salad

Here is one for my friend Basil H., of Los Angeles. He likes quick and easy but flavorful. This takes five to ten minutes of preparation and ten minutes of cooking time to complete. Stop by your local butcher and have them slice 4 boneless pork chops about a half inch thick. Pre-heat your grill to high then grill the chops for 4-5 minutes on each side.  I lightly seasoned with garlic salt and pepper. Slice and then drizzle spicy yakitori over slices.

For the salad you’ll need the following:

3-4 ounces of arugula

(1) 5 ounce bag of baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach mix

dried cranberries

candied walnuts

sliced apple

crumbled goat cheese

for the dressing you’ll need:

1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar

3/8 cup olive oil

garlic salt and pepper

Put all the dressing ingredients into a small, sealable container and shake well to combine (add garlic salt and pepper to desired taste). In a large bowl combine all the greens and drizzle dressing onto greens for desired amount and toss. Plate the salad and top with the dried cranberries, candied walnuts, sliced apple, and goat cheese. Place the sliced pork chops onto salad and drizzle spicy yakitori onto each slice, then serve. Very delicious and very easy!

Finished salad topped with grilled pork chop and spicy yakitori sauce

Finished salad topped with grilled pork chop and spicy yakitori sauce

Salmon Patties with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber

Here is a very simplified way to make flavorful salmon patties. You can choose to either grill them or fry them in a pan with a little oil. I chose the latter, since I wasn’t sure if they would hold up on the grill or not. I am now confident that they would have made it on the grill just fine. They key is to place them down and not fuss with them until it’s time to flip them. Let’s get started! Make the aioli first, that way it can be chilling in the fridge while you are preparing the patties.

Chili Garlic Lime Aioli (original post 1/15/14) with (new) Diced Cucumber

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 medium/large cucumber, seeded and diced

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined and smooth. Plastic-wrap bowl and refrigerate until ready to use. Note: save diced cucumber and add to aioli just before serving.

Salmon Patties

One and a quarter pound of fresh salmon, diced into chunks

1 egg

2 tablespoons original yakitori sauce

2/3 cup of breadcrumbs (we chose 1/3 panko and 1/3 regular)

In a large bowl, add egg and 2 tablespoons of yakitori sauce and whisk. Next, add salmon and coat well, then add breadcrumbs and mix by hand until nicely incorporated. Wipe hands and coat them with a little vegetable oil and divide mixture into four parts and form patties and place onto wax paper (see photo).

salmon patties on wax paper ready for cooking

salmon patties on wax paper ready for cooking

Heat pan with oil to cover bottom (or grill) on medium to medium high heat and gently place patties being careful not to break them apart. I found that by brushing a little oil on my spatula the patties were easier to pick up and slide off. After cooking about 3 minutes flip patties. At this point I placed a little more yakitori sauce on the center of each patty and cooked about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and place each on a bun and top with the Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber. Enjoy!

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumbers

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumbers

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli with Diced Cucumber

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber

Check out our latest review at Living Overland

Thanks for the great review! Hope to see some of your readers become new fans of the sauce. You can check out the review at

http://www.livingoverland.com/2013/09/review-obaachan-yakitori-sauce.html?m=1

Shrimp on the Barbie

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound of raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp

1 can of chunked pineapple, drained (fresh if you have it)

2 green bell peppers, seeded, cut into chunks

1/2 large white onion, quartered

large metal skewers, sprayed with non-stick spray or bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes prior

1/2 cup of you favorite yakitori (spicy or original) sauce

Here is all you do:

Alternate green peppers, shrimp, onions, and pineapple as you prefer until all are used. Spray grill with non-stick grilling spray and preheat grill on high heat. Place skewers on grill, turning every two minutes. After four minutes, coat with yakitori sauce for one to two minutes turn skewers and coat opposite side. After one to two minutes more, remove from grill. Shrimp should have turned nicely pink. Enjoy!

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Hey! We received a shout out in Orange Coast Magazine’s June issue.

Check us out in the June issue of Orange Coast magazine, on page 58. Thanks to Priscilla for taking notice of us and liking us enough to mention.

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Ultimate Obaachan BBQ Steak

submitted by Mike M. from Long Beach, CA

4-filet mignon

1-package fresh sliced mushrooms

1-tablespoon butter

1-package crumbled goat cheese

Pour just enough Obaachan Sauce (spicy or original) to cover bottom of container. Add steaks and top with a tablespoon of sauce, cover and refrigerate two days. After two days, turn steaks and top each with one tablespoon of sauce and refrigerate for two more days.

Heat grill and cook steaks to desired style, I prefer medium rare.

In a small frying pan melt butter and add mushrooms, add salt and pepper to taste, toss until done (just a few minutes). Cover steaks with cooked mushrooms, sprinkle with goat cheese, pepper to taste. Serve with tossed salad or veggies of your choice. Pinot Noir is a great paring for this dish.

Enjoy!

Thanks Mike, we will. I’m marinating my filet right now and will be trying this on Monday. Also, I used a zip-lock bag instead of a container to marinate the steak, squeezed out the air and sealed it with the sauce. Can’t wait to grill this! I will post pictures then too!

SteakGoatCheeseMushrooms2 Sorry Mike, the photo is a little dark, but boy, it sure was good! Thanks for the recipe idea.

Four Easy Sauce Recipes Revisited

Ahi Drizzle

Two tablespoons of Original Yakitori sauce to one teaspoon of wasabi. Great on seared ahi. Goes well with any type of sashimi or sushi too!

Asian Salad Dressing

Mix Original Yakitori sauce at  a one to one ratio with seasoned rice vinegar. This goes well with any asian themed salad, add grilled chicken, beef, or fish to your salad for protein. In addition to the above ingredients you can add some smooth peanut butter, and red pepper flakes to give the salad dressing a Thai style taste. For the recipe check out the Asian Slaw post on 9-13-13.

Poor Man’s Sweet and Sour

In a small sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup of Original Yakitori Sauce, 4 tablespoons of orange marmalade, and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. For a kick use the spicy version of our yakitori sauce. Heat on medium heat until mixture starts to boil. Once mixture is boiling, stir constantly for about 5 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let sit 5-10 minutes to cool. Use as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, chicken fingers, or won tons, you may use it as a glaze in the oven on chicken or pork, or as a drizzle on pulled pork sandwiches.

Spicy Wing Mixture

Mix one half cup of Spicy Yakitori sauce with two tablespoons (more, if you’d like it hotter) of chili garlic sauce. Use to coat your cooked chicken wings, bake in oven 10-15 minutes at 425 degrees until caramelized and remove, or you can coat cooked wings and eat as is. For a great recipe baking chicken wings see the post dated, 12/07/12.

Asian Chicken Salad

Here is an easy salad idea as we head into better weather and more grilling. What is needed: 3-hearts of romaine; 2-boneless, skinless, chicken breasts; 1-medium sized carrot; 2-stalks green onion; 1-(10 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained; chow mein noodles; sliced almonds (optional); original yakitori sauce; seasoned rice vinegar. What to do: grill chicken breasts (about 12 minutes a side over medium-high heat), we lightly garlic salted and peppered them; wash and tear hearts of romaine into large bowl; grate carrot, and slice green onions, add to bowl; mix equal parts original yakitori sauce and seasoned rice vinegar, we used two tablespoons of each and shook in a small jar, pour mixture over salad and incorporate. Serve salad onto plates, place cooked and sliced chicken breast on salad along with mandarin oranges and sprinkle chow mein noodles and sliced almonds on top. Enjoy! Serves two.

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