|Place of origin||Japan|
|Main ingredients||Beef, pork, seafood, and seasonal vegetables|
|Similar dishes||Sate, Shish Kebab|
Kushiyaki (串焼き) is a formal term that encompasses both poultry and non-poultry items, skewered and grilled. At times, the restaurant group them as kushimono skewered and grilled food (串物) and yakimono (ja) skewered and grilled food (焼き物).
Yakitori and kushiyaki
Both yakitori and kushiyaki are used interchangeably in Japanese society to refer to skewered meat collectively; however, when referring to a specific item, yakitori will not be used unless the primary meat is chicken. While using pork, grilled pork on skewers are cooked with the same sauce as yakitori, and that is why in some areas as Muroran, grilled pork on skewers are called "yakitori", instead of yakiton (やきとん, skewered and grilled pork).
While kabayaki is also skewered and grilled over charcoal, it is rarely categorized as kushiyaki since they are not served on skewers.
Fish grilled whole on skewers with salt and served after pulling off the skewer including sea bream (tai) and sweet fish ayu is not called kushiyaki but shioyaki (grilled with salt) at high end restaurants. At food stalls or yatai, ayu is sold on skewer.
In order to facilitate even cooking, the ingredient is cut into small, roughly uniform shapes. Skewers or kushi are made with bamboo or Japanese cypress, and shape as well as length varies to use for the type of food: flat type is applied for minced meat for example.
- beef (gyūniku), pork meat (butaniku) and cartilage (nankotsu), horse meat (baniku).
- sweet fish (ayu), minced and seasoned Atlantic horse mackerel (aji) and sardine (iwashi), prawn and shrimp (ebi), Japanese scallop (hotate), squid and cuttlefish (ika).
- onion (tamanegi), egg plant (nasu), cherry tomato, potato, pumpkin (kabocha), scallion (negi), ginkgo nuts (ginnan), green bellpepper (pīman), garlic (ninniku), Japanese pepper (shishitō).
- Products and prepared
- Tōfu, nattō, steamed rice.
Kushiyaki seasonings are primarily divided among two types: salty or salty-sweet. The salty type usually uses plain salt as its main seasoning. For the salty-sweet variety, tare, a special sauce consisting of mirin, sake, soy sauce, and sugar is used. Other common spices include powdered cayenne pepper, shichimi, Japanese pepper, black pepper, karashi and wasabi, according to one's tastes.
Products and prepared food are applied for receipt.
- pīman no nikuzume ピーマンの肉詰め, bell pepper stuffed with minced pork
- tomato no bēkon maki トマトのベーコン巻き, cherry tomato wrapped with bacon strips
- fukuro 袋, fried thin tofu (aburaage) pouch filled with nattō
- gyūtan 牛タン, beef tongue, sliced thinly.
- butabara 豚ばら pork back ribs
- atsuage dōfu 厚揚げ豆腐, thicker variety of deep-fried tōfu
- enoki maki エノキ巻き, enoki mushrooms wrapped in slices of pork
- asuparabēkon アスパラベーコン, asparagus wrapped in bacon
Ayu grilled with salt or shio yaki
Left: Asuparamaki (Asparagus wrapped in thinly sliced pork)
- Brochette - similar skewered food in France
- Chuanr - similar skewered food in China
- Kkochi - similar skewered food in Korea
- Japanese cuisine
- List of chicken dishes
- List of kebabs
- Nem nướng - similar skewered food in Vietnam
- Satay - similar skewered food in Southeast Asia
- Souvlaki - similar skewered food in Greece
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- Kushiyaki grilled with coat of sweet miso such as egg plant, tōfu or konnyaku is called dengaku.
- In the mountanious area of Aichi, Gifu, Nagano, Shizuoka, Toyama and Yamanashi Prefectures, steamed and mashed rice basted on flat skewers and grilled with coat of sweet miso is called gohei mochi (ja:五平餅). When cooked rice is mashed and basted around kushi to form cylinders in Akita Prefecture, it is called "tampo" which is cut and cooked in kiritanpo.
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