I love steak. I almost forgot how much I loved it. To be completely truthful, I can’t remember the last time I ate steak. It’s not an easy thing to do when you live with a vegetarian. Sure, I can prepare meat anytime I want, but I always feel like I need to prepare two meals – one for me and one for him – so it’s easier to just eat vegetarian dishes at home. But, on a weekend cottage trip, these Teriyaki Steak Skewers were just what I needed to get me back to my love affair with beef.
I really need to tell you about how my mind works. Most people go to a cottage to relax and spend some time with nature. I do too, but my mind works a little differently. In my head, I kept thinking that a 4-day cottage trip, without work or much responsibility, would leave me with so much time to work on my blog. I started to plan a menu three weeks in advance. I’m not kidding!
This menu of mine detailed what we were going to eat for each meal for each day. The menu then cross referenced to a grocery shopping list, complete with the specific amounts needed to prep each meal. For example, rather than list garlic, or one head of garlic, I knew exactly how many cloves I needed on hand. I tend to over-organize things, you see.
To make matters worse, I knew that the grill would be the best way to prepare our meals, so I designed the menu around that. Knowing in advance that my blog needed some grill-based recipes to add to its recipe database, I planned how things would look as well. So now, I had the menu and the grocery list, but I needed to determine how I wanted to present each dish so that I could photograph it for you, Dear Reader. So, I packed the essentials – parchment paper, cutting boards, serving utensils, serving platters, tea towels, napkins, etc. – basically anything I thought I would need as props for the photos. Contrary to what John.e might say from time to time, it’s not Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it’s Organized Creative Discipline. You agree, right? 😉
My way of thinking might seem over the top or stressful for some, but I don’t know any other way. It keeps me on my game and it allows me to do something I love – cook and share the recipes with you! In the end, my ‘OCD’ pays off, because I get to sit down with two pounds of Teriyaki Steak Skewers all to myself!
- 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Whisk all ingredients together to form marinade, except for the steak, green onions, and the sesame seeds. Once well combined, add the cubed steak.
- Marinate the steak for 30 minutes. Save the marinade!
- Skewer the beef onto a metal skewer and set aside.
- Preheat the grill to a medium heat; grill for 3-4 minutes, baste with the remaining marinade and turn to grill for another 3-4 minutes. You can grill for less time if you prefer a rare steak, or longer if you prefer a well-done steak. Just remember to baste every time you turn the skewer.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.