Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Yakiniku Sauce Recipe

Yakiniku Sauce Recipe for Japanese Barbecue

I love Yakiniku.
Even the word can get a Japanese wagyu lover very excited.
Tender slices of beef that you grill at the table and dip in an addictively yummy sauce.
Since going out to a yakiniku restaurant (such as Gyu-kaku) does not always fit the family budget, we do it at home.  Easy.  Cheap.  Yum.

But now we live in Australia, one little bottle of yakiniku sauce costs $5 to $7.  Ouch.  
There is a better way.

Yes! I did it.  I made a recipe for Gyu-kaku Yakiniku Sauce (tare).
I read the ingredients listing on my bottle of Gyu-kaku Yakiniku tare/sauce,  and through trial and error and many, many comparison taste tests, I replicated it.
I am pretty impressed with myself and I hope you will be too when you taste this stuff.

Gyu-kaku Yakiniku Sauce Recipe 焼角 焼肉タレ

1/3 cup Shoyu (Japanese Soy Sauce such as Kikkoman)
1/4 cup Sake 料理酒
1/4 cup Water
1 Tbsp Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Sugar
1 large clove of Garlic, crushed
A tiny (1/4 tsp) piece of ginger
Pepper, one good shake/grind for Amaguchi (Non-spicy) more for Karaguchi (Spicy) 
A generous sprinkling of Toasted Sesame Seeds (Irigoma) maybe 2 Tbsp

1.  Place all ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring to the boil, swirling occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Simmer very gently 5-10 min until it just starts to thicken.

Done.  Too easy.

This recipe makes about 250ml of Yakiniku Tare.  It keeps, refrigerated, for...ever.  (although we use it up in about 3 Yakiniku sessions.)

Optional Ingredients:
A pinch of Katsuobushi (scoop out after simmering is complete) OR a pinch of Dash powder (Hon-dashi)
Sesame Oil

This is how we do Yakiniku in the restaurant, on a wire mesh over hot coals:

As well as the Kalbi beef, we also had Eringi mushrooms and Piiman (like small and very tender, thin-skinned bell peppers) that you can see in my photo above.  Fresh shiitake mushrooms also go awesomely.

 For more ideas of Meat and Vegetables that can be used, here are my previous posts on Yakiniku:

...And this is how we do Yakiniku at home on a frypan at the table:

Wagyu is too expensive for my family's regular meals (except special occasions) so I bought a bag of frozen beef belly slices from the local Korean grocery store.  Don't worry about all that fat on there, most of it melts away when you cook it.  Soooo yummy!

The other meat I used here was some rib-eye fillet steak, which I sliced to half the usual thickness, and into pieces about 4x7cm.  You might see me at the butcher or supermarket picking out the most marbled tray of rib eye fillet.  

Both of these wagyu alternatives were delicious and about a third of the price of wagyu!

If you have a health grill, even better.  I just used a frypan this time because it is so much easier to wash up.
I told you.  I love easy.

The sauce served in Gyu-kaku Yakiniku Restaurants is so popular it is sold in supermarkets in Japan:

And now it is made in your kitchen (^_^)~*
You're Welcome!


  1. Glad to see you back on your blog. I use your vinegar pork recipe at work often. People I cook for love it. I'm going to have to try to make this sauce. :)

    1. Hi Animeree, That is great to hear that everyone is loving your cooking! Thanks for the encouragement! ^_^*

  2. you are my hero. I've been wanting to know how to make Gyu Kaku's sauce for over a year now, but always worried the recipes I found online wouldn't be very close. My wife and I are gonna give this a try tonight. Thanks so much!

  3. Hi! I like to make my own sauces too! I'm going to try your recipe instead of buying a bottle from the store next time! By the way I'm "Jayne"-almost the same!

    1. Hi Shufuinjapan Jayne! Nice to meet you, my twin ^_^ lol
      And we both like to make our own sauces, how fun!
      Thanks for visiting ☆

    2. Hi, can we use this sauce to marinade the meat in before cooking or is it exclusively for after the meat is cooked?

      Thank you.

  4. Hi, can we use this sauce to marinade the meat in before cooking or is it exclusively for after the meat is cooked?

    Thank you.