Steak Yakitori with Wild Spring Rice
Get in practice of the barbecue season with these amazingly simple Japanese-style skewers, which you can pretty much apply to any meat, fish or veg. Allow an extra half an hour to marinade the meat.
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- 1 sirloin or rump steak – from Jacob’s Ladder Farms
- 2 leeks or 4 spring onions – from Brambletye
- 6 skewers (if using bamboo, soak them first)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra for the rice
- 2 tbsp mirin – available in Planta (or use 1 tbsp cider vinegar and 1 tbsp sugar)
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ mug basmati or long grain rice – from Grain Grocer
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 mug water
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger (optional)
- A gloss of sesame or olive oil, or a lump of butter
- A handful of wild garlic, foraged nettles, soft spring herbs or greens – from the park or Wild Country
- Heat your oven grill to high. If you don’t have an oven grill, just crank your oven up to the highest setting. Place a grill pan or a large baking tray on the top shelf to heat up.
- Cut your steak into hunks. Ensure the fat is evenly distributed. Clean your leeks. Cut one of the leeks into hunks you can skewer with the meat.
- Thread the steak and leek on skewers, alternating the hunks of leek with the steak.
- Finely chop the other leek. Set aside.
- Mix the soy, mirin (or vinegar/water) and honey. Pour the marinade over the meat. Let it soak in for at least 30 mins.
- Get a lidded pan hot for your rice. Add the rice and the chopped leeks. Toast for a moment. Pour in your water and a pinch of salt. Pop the lid on. Cook until all the water is absorbed, about 12 mins – set the timer. Take off the heat but keep the lid on, allowing it to steam through.
- While it steams, place your steak skewers in the oven (or the grill if the sun’s shining and the barbecue’s lit). Cook for about 5 mins on each side, basting with the marinade until cooked to your liking.
- Fold the ginger (if using) through your rice along with a gloss of oil or a little butter and your seasonal greens. Taste. Add a slosh of soy sauce, if needed, to taste.
- Pile mounds of rice on your plates. Perch the hot skewers on top.
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