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These juicy Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers are glazed in a sweet and savory gluten-free teriyaki sauce for a fast and delicious summertime dinner.
Easy Grilled Steak Skewers
When the sun is shining and it’s warm outside, all I want is to be outdoors enjoying time with friends and family. It’s this time of year that simple, laid-back meals become my go-to. And these juicy and sweet teriyaki skewers are at the top of my list.
After marinating the steak in a simple homemade gluten-free sauce, the skewers cook up in less than 10 minutes on the grill. Plus, they’re easy and mess-free to eat––you don’t even need utensils! This is a fantastic dinner to prep ahead of time for your next cookout or BBQ that puts an Asian flavor spin on classic grilled steak.
What You’ll Need
The key to making these delicious skewers is the homemade gluten-free teriyaki marinade. Here’s what you need for the recipe:
- Light brown sugar to glaze the steak and add a caramel flavor
- Soy sauce, making sure it is gluten-free (manty are made with wheat) or use tamari for gluten-free
- Rice wine vinegar, which adds acidic brightness to the sauce
- Vegetable oil or another neutral oil like avocado
- Garlic for savory and umami flavors
- Ginger, which is fresh and peppery
- Top round beef steak. You can ask your butcher to shave the meat nice and thin.
- Scallions for a pop of green on top
- Red chili pepper for some heat and garnish
- Sesame seeds for crunch and a splash of color
- Extra Teriyaki Sauce for drzzling over the grilled skewers. You can make this easy Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce while you have the marinade ingredients out, or use your favrotie storebought brand. Alternatively, you can change things up by dipping them in Peanut Sauce.
How to Make Teriyaki Steak Skewers
Once you have the ingredients out and ready, here’s how to put together your easy steak skewers:
Make the sauce: Start by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, minced garlic and ginger, salt, and pepper until you have a smooth, uniform texture. This will be the sauce to glaze your steak.
Marinate the steak: Add the thinly sliced steak to the bowl with the sauce and combine everything well. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours to infuse the meat with the teriyaki flavor. While it’s marinating, since you have the ingredients already out from the marinade, you can make that extra Teriyaki Sauce, if you like.
Assemble the skewers: If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 20 minutes in water before making the steak skewers. You’ll need 15 to 20 skewers for this recipe. When the steak is done marinating, thread the slices of meat onto the soaked skewers.
Grill the steak: Grill the skewers on a preheated grill over medium-high heat until the steak is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve: Arrange the grilled skewers on a serving platter and garnish with sliced scallions, red pepper, and sesame seeds, plus an extra drizzle of Teriyaki Sauce.
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making your grilled steak skewers:
- For best results, marinate the meat for at least two hours. You can go as long as overnight for maximum flavor.
- Always discard any leftover marinade, as it’s been contaminated with raw meat.
- Use long-handled tongs to flip the skewers on the grill to avoid burns.
- You can use a different cut of steak, but make sure it’s sliced nice and thin for the right texture and a quick cooking time.
- If your steak is not pre-sliced, pop it into the freezer for 30 minutes to make slicing easier.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftover grilled steak in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat the steak in the microwave or over medium heat in a skillet on the stove.
Can I Freeze Extras?
You can freeze leftover steak (off of the skewers) in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to three months. Let the steak defrost in the fridge overnight. Then reheat the steak in a hot skillet until warmed through. You can add more teriyaki sauce if the steak becomes dry at all.
What to Serve with Teriyaki Steak
I like to round out this meal with a few sides that pair well with teriyaki steak.
- Rice: You can certainly just make some basic white rice or brown rice, but you can also add a little flavor with Cilantro Lime Rice. And cauliflower rice is always an option.
- Veggies: Since I’m already grilling, this Peruvian-Style Grilled Street Corn is sweet, savory and tastes like peak summer. Or some Maple Sesame Roasted Broccoli is always tasty.
- Coleslaw: It’s a cookouot staple, so you can go with this classic Easy Coleslaw Recipe, or stick to that sweet and savory flavor profile with Pineapple Coleslaw.
- Salads: Sesame Zoodles are a veggie-packed twist on the classic noodle dish, or servea simple Farmhouse Salad on the side.
Things You’ll Need
- Don’t forget to have bamboo skewers on hand.
- You can also keep reusable metal skewers with your grilling tools.
- Long-handled tongs will help prevent burns.
- No grill? Try a grill pan!
Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar , lightly packed
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or avocado oil
- 4 cloves garlic , peeled and crushed
- 1- inch ginger , peeled and grated
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds top round beef steak , very thinly sliced
- 1 scallion , green and white parts, for garnish
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves , for garnish
- 1 red chile pepper , thinly sliced for garnish (optional)
- 1 tsp sesame seeds , for garnish
- 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce , homemade or store-bought, for serving
- Whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic, ginger, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Add the steak and use your hands to combine so that all the steak is coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate 2 hours.
- 20 minutes before you want to cook the steak, soak 20 wooden skewers in water (to help prevent them from catching on fire).
- Preheat a grill to medium-high. Thread the steak onto the skewers. This amount should make between 15 to 20 skewers.
- Grill the skewers until the beef is cooked, about 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a serving platter and top with the scallion, cilantro, chili pepper (if using), and sesame seeds. Serve along with the Teriyaki Sauce for drizzling on top.