Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)

Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: beef tongue, japanese bbq
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 as appetizer
Author: Nami
Delicious gyutan recipe, barbecue sliced beef tongue marinated in yuzu pepper, onion, sesame oil and soy sauce.


  • 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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.