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  • Gyutan, BBQ Beef Tongue in a bowl and sake bottle on a side.

    I hope you had a wonderful July 4th celebration yesterday with family and friends.  My family had a great time celebrating at a friend’s house with delicious barbecue followed by fireworks nearby.  Our friend is a master of smoking the most delicious baby back ribs and I’ll be featuring him and his smoked rib recipe later on.

    Today I’m guest posting at an extraordinary cook and photographer – Lori Lynn’s blog, The Taste With The Eyes.

    Gyutan in a bowl and sake on a table.

    As the blog name suggests, the recipes featured on the web site are simply eye candy for anyone into exquisitely prepared food and gorgeous photos.  When I look at the food pictures in Lori Lynn’s posts, they are not ordinary food that I can imagine myself cooking.  In fact, it almost feels like I am at an art gallery that’s exhibiting food photography.  Her creations are so beautiful that you easily taste with your eyes first (unfortunately it’s blog so you can’t actually taste it too.  How sad!).  It’s a cliche but I have to say it here.  If you haven’t visited her blog before, you must stop by.  Among her posts, some of my favorites are summer’s chilled soup star and meyer lemon and pink rose risotto.

    I’ve known Lori Lynn and her blog for about a year and she’s now celebrating her 5th blog anniversary this month.  I am honored that she has invited me to participate on her site, where she displays outstanding food that I truly admire.  If you are a food blogger, you’ll understand what I mean.  I cherish her culinary talent and friendship and hope to continue learning from her.

    I won’t continue babbling on and it’s much easier to for me to explain if you just pop over and take a look at her creations.  For the guest post, I cooked something exotic as per her request.  Please check the recipe as well as detail information about gyutan by clicking HERE.

    Gyutan in a bowl and sake cups on a table.

    Gyutan is grilled sliced beef tongue and the Japanese word gyutan is a combination of the Japanese word for cow (gyu) and the English word tongue (tan).  The region in Japan that first started to cook gyutan was Sendai and it was initially considered a rather unusual dish, but gradually gained popularity throughout Japanaround 1950s.

    Beef Tongue on a cutting board.

    Gyutan is one of the popular item to order at yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) restaurants.  We usually grill these thinly sliced beef tongue and flavor it with salt.  However, the way my husband and I like to eat gyutan is with yuzu juice and yuzu kosho (citrus pepper).

    Yuzu is a citrus fruit fondly used for many Japanese dishes and desserts.  We use the aromatic zest is for garnishing and its juice for seasoning.  It’s quite hard to find fresh yuzu fruit, so I get this yuzu juice bottle from a Japanese supermarket.

    Yuzu Juice in a bottle.
    Yuzu Juice

    Yuzu kosho is a fermented paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel, and salt.  We use it for flavoring yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken), udon soup, tempura, sashimi, and Japanese hot pot.  Yuzu kosho may come in a jar or in a small tube container.

    Yuzu Kosho in a bottle.
    Yuzu Kosho

    Both yuzu juice and Yuzu kosho gives nice tart and spicy kick to the gyutan and it adds a level of sophisticated flavor which is difficult to replicate with other spices.  Another favorite to enjoy sliced gyutan is to just simply sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper, barbeque and dip in lemon sauce.  Gyutan burns and catches fire very easily when you barbeque so be careful while you cook. 

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    4.58 from 7 votes
    Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)
    Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
    Delicious gyutan recipe, barbecue sliced beef tongue marinated in yuzu pepper, onion, sesame oil and soy sauce.
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: beef tongue, japanese bbq
    Servings: 2 as appetizer
    Author: Nami
    • ¼ lb beef tongue slices (you can purchase it in Japanese supermarket)
    • 1 Tbsp yuzu kosho (each brand of yuzu kosho has different in spices, please adjust)
    • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
    • ½ Tbsp sake
    • ½ Tbsp sesame oil (roasted)
    • ½ tsp . yuzu juice/yuzu extract (or lemon juice)
    • onion (optional)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue) Ingredients
    2. Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and whisk together.
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    3. Spread the sauce on the container.
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    4. Spread the beef tongue without overwrapping each other and pour the rest of the sauce on top.
      Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue) 3
    5. If you like, you can grate onion on top and marinade the beef tongue for at least 30 minutes. Do not over marinade since the tongue will become too salty.
      Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue) 4
    6. Start the grill, preferably over charcoal.
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    7. Grill on high heat for 1-2 minutes.
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    8. Flip the meat and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with small amount of yuzu kosho on the side.
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    Recipe Notes

    All ingredients used in today’s recipe can be found at your local Japanese supermarket.

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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