Easy pan-seared teriyaki steak rolls with veggies, glazed with homemade teriyaki sauce. This Japanese home cook recipe is a popular menu for bento too!
Steak rolls or Beef Rolls (牛肉巻き) are staples in Japanese home cooking and bento recipes. As thinly sliced beef and pork are essential ingredient for authentic Japanese cooking, different ingredients are stuffed and rolled up to make delicious steak rolls.
What Can We Stuff into Steak Rolls?
Well, pretty much anything! Today’s steak rolls are staffed with carrot and French green beans (haricots verts). In case you don’t like my choice, here are my suggestions. It goes well with thinly sliced beef and pork, or even pounded chicken!
- Asparagus (recipe)
- Bamboo shoot
- Bean sprouts
- Bell peppers
- Carrot (recipe)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Chinese chives (Nira)
- Eggplant (recipe)
- Enoki mushrooms (along with shimeji and oyster mushrooms)
- Gobo (burdock root)
Where To Get Thinly-Sliced Meat for Steak Rolls?
Japanese grocery stores (as well as Korean and Chinese grocery stores) always carry thinly sliced beef and pork. We use these thinly sliced meat for hot pot and some main dishes.
If you have no access to the packaged sliced meat, you can always slice the meat on your own.
My tutorial is for pork and beef. If you prefer to use chicken, I suggest to pound the chicken breast to super thin.
Peel the carrot and cut into 2 inch thin sticks.
In a small saucepan, put water that covers carrot and green beans. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, put carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add green beans to cook another minute. Cooking time may vary depending on the amount and thickness of veggies.
- Place a slice of meat on the cutting board, and sprinkle salt and pepper. Then put green beans and carrots on one side of the meat and start rolling them up.
Combine all the ingredients for Teriyaki Sauce.
In a frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat. When it’s hot, place the beef rolls gently with the seam line facing down. Cook one side of steak rolls until it has nice char, then rotate to the next side.
Reduce the heat to medium and add sake. Cook covered till sake is evaporated.
Add the Teriyaki sauce, and rotate the steak rolls so they are well coated with the sauce. Transfer the steak rolls from the frying pan to a plate.
Reduce the Teriyaki Sauce in half, or until it's thickened. Serve the steak rolls on a serving plate and pour the sauce on top.
Thinly Sliced Beef: Japanese grocery stores sell pre-sliced chuck or rib eye meat and usually each package is about ½ lb. They might be labeled as "Shabu Shabu" or "Sukiyaki", and we need shabu shabu (thinner slice) for this recipe. Alternatively, you can freeze a block of chuck, rib eye, sirloin or top round steak and thinly cut the meat (here's my tutorial on how to thinly slice the meat).
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