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Japanese Home Cooking Recipe; Japanese-style BBQ Beef Salad Bowl With The Extra Asian Breeze

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Today, I am going to introduce my hubby’s favorite salad using homemade Japanese-style BBQ sauce introduced in this post.

My hubby doesn’t eat vegetables without my encouragement.

One day, I remembered that he loves Japanese-style BBQ beef called “Yakiniku”. Also, he loves sesame oil flavor which brings an Asian breeze to a dish.

So, I combine both and put BBQ beef on a big salad. My strategy was successful, and he has no problem eating whole salad.

This salad is so addictive because of BBQ sauce, you can also use it as dressing for any salad.

Japanese bbq salad

Make Japanaese-style BBQ Sauce

Beef Preparation For BBQ Salad

Cut Beef Against The Grain

cut beef, thin slice across grains

You can use your favorite cuts of beef-sirloin, flank steak, or chuck steak. For the special occasion, use short ribs (Korean-style cut) or *filet mignon.

*We often purchase a Costco tenderloin and slice it up at home. Then, we use edges and small cuts for Japanese-style BBQ beef. You can marinade them and freeze them.

Cutting beef against the grain is highly recommended.

An important tip for tenderizing tough beef steaks. First, find the direction of the grain (parallel muscle fibers) and then slice beef against the grain.

Make a diagonal cut to make a large surface area if possible. By making a diagonal cut, you can enjoy the tender texture and also absorb seasonings and dressing well.

Marinate & Massage

Marinate the meat with just *enough BBQ sauce for 2 hours, or you can use frozen them as meal prep.

*enough sauce to cover the surface of beef.

Add 1 tbsp of potato starch (or cornstarch) in marinated beef and massage them well before starting cooking.

The reason for adding starch is because to keep the juice in the meat and also make the sauce thicken while cooking.

To Grill Beef Without Watery

It depends on the amount of dressing and juice from meat, take the marinated beef out of the sauce if needed.
Sometimes, the dressing becomes thick enough and it is not left much.

The excess dressing can be used as the extra sauce for BBQ beef or use for stir-frying vegetables such as sliced onions and mushrooms.

It’s a little pain, but, better to place each piece in order rather than throw the beef into a pan from the bag at one time. Remove the excess dressing if needed.
Once placing beef on the pan or grill, don’t touch them frequently to keep the coating.

The reason to place each slice in order is that,

  1. To remove excess marinade sauce.
  2. To avoid cooking temperature down by throwing beef and sauce once.

Add Asian Food; Glass Noodles

glass noodles, bean thread noodles

Glass noodles are often used in Asian cooking and as the name suggests, the noodles are clear and translucent.
They are known by many names – cellophane noodles, Fensi, Chinese vermicelli, and Bean Thread Noodles.

Cook following the package direction.

If you are interested in my way, here it is.

  1. Put glass noodles in a bowl, pour boiled water.
  2. Allow it for 3 – 4 minutes until the noodles become clear and soften.
  3. Drain the water, rinse the noodles with running cold water with few times
  4. Drain the water, cut into short if desired.

Adding glass noodles is optional, however, we like them in the salad. Unique texture, absorbing the sauce and dressing, and it goes well with soy-sauce based marinated beef. Moreover, it makes your stomach filled.


Japanese BBQ beef salad bowl

Japanese BBQ beef salad bowl

The savory Japanese BBQ sauce makes the beefsteak so tender!
3.75 from 4 votes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 2 people


Beef Marinade

  • 1 pound Thinly sliced Beefsteak
  • 1 cup My Japanese BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Potato starch or corn starch
  • Sesame oil (to complete for adding flavor)


  • Favorite salad
  • Glass noodles (bean or rice thread noodles) Cut into your favorite length
  • Chopped Cilantro


  • My BBQ sauce
  • Sweet Chili sauce
  • OR Your preferred dressing
  • Sriracha sauce


  • <Prep.>Slice beefsteak thinly across grains, marinate them with Japanese BBQ sauce for 2 hours to overnight.
  • <Prep.>Cook glass noodles such as bean thread noodles or rice thread noodles following the package instructions. Allow it to cool.
  • <Prep.>Make a big salad with your favorite vegetables.
  • Make a salad base. Cut salad →glass noodles
  • In a bowl or a bag, add 1 tbsp potato starch or cornstarch to marinated beef (with sauce) and massage the meat.
  • *Cook beef. Don't put excess sauce and juice in the bag or bowl.
  • As the option, drizzle the sesame oil to complete.
  • Pour new BBQ sauce (not left in the bag!) and sweet chili sauce on the salad (or your favorite dressing)
  • Put the BBQ beef on the top and sprinkle chopped cilantro.
Keyword Beef, sesame oil, Vegetables

About Sesame Oil

Only you have a bottle of sesame seed in your pantry, you can add Asian breeze to your dish quickly!

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