The Japanese Grill: From Classic Yakitori to Steak, Seafood, and Vegetables by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat

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  • Foil-baked green beans with soy sauce and garlic

    • MelMM on July 24, 2011

      Mr. M loved this.

  • Skirt steak with red miso

    • MelMM on July 24, 2011

      Very tasty. Cooks quickly - be careful not to overcook

    • mseers on August 01, 2011

      Great sauce. I also make it with shiro miso.

    • SenseiHeidi on March 20, 2021

      Everyone LOVES this marinade. The miso adds a delicious fruity / savory flavor.

  • Swordfish teriyaki

    • smtucker on June 26, 2015

      teriyaki sauce is excellent.

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2021

      Really nice grilled fish recipe, though I’ve made better teriyaki sauce (Morimoto’s recipe).

    • Skamper on July 04, 2018

      This was delicious. Rather than make the teriyaki sauce, I used some of the tare I'd made from the yakitori chapter (it's quite similar). And used salmon instead of swordfish.

  • Pork chops with yuzu-miso marinade

    • MollyB on November 11, 2021

      What a great recipe! The marinade is wonderful and made us immediately start thinking about what else we could use it on. This will definitely be a repeat recipe.

    • twoyolks on June 06, 2021

      The marinade is really good and goes really well with the pork.

    • Snopes on April 04, 2021

      This recipe says to reserve 1/4 of the marinade, but never says what to do with the reserved marinade. Based on the next recipe in the book, I used the reserved marinade to brush on the chops while they were grilling.

  • Shishito peppers (Shishito)

    • TrishaCP on August 28, 2017

      It's hard to do better than simply grilled shishito peppers with salt, but the treatment here with soy sauce and sake was very nice.

  • Classic chicken leg (Momo)

    • TrishaCP on August 28, 2017

      The yakitori sauce was good, but somehow our chicken thighs came out dry. (Never had that happen before.) I think maybe some of our pieces were a bit too small, so I would err on the side of larger pieces (with a longer cook time if necessary) for this recipe.

  • Foil baked edamame

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2021

      A simple side for the grill.

  • Ginger-garlic half chicken

    • twoyolks on September 22, 2021

      I didn't get much flavor from the marinade so this was basically just grilled chicken.

  • Garlic-yuzu kosho shrimp

    • twoyolks on June 09, 2021

      This was quite spicy and it overpowered the flavor of the shrimp.

    • MmeFleiss on September 07, 2017

      Way too salty with regular soy sauce. It has potential though, so I will try it next time with low sodium.

  • Zucchini with shiso and olive oil

    • hillsboroks on July 20, 2020

      The shiso taste is very mild but delightful in this easy Asian side dish. The marinade enhances and makes the zucchini actually taste sweeter. I grow shiso in my herb garden so it was fun to find another way to use it. I served it with Asian Flavor Baby Back Ribs by Steve Raichlen.

  • Butterflied Cornish game hens with orange-soy sauce glaze

    • hillsboroks on August 30, 2020

      This was a fast, flavorful way to prepare game hens. It did not have an incredibly intense flavor but was mellow and lovely.

  • Salmon with shiso pesto

    • hillsboroks on September 18, 2017

      This recipe is very quick and easy but results in big flavor and moist, perfectly seasoned salmon. I used a large salmon filet cut into three pieces and my husband grilled it exactly as long as the recipe called for. We have a big shiso plant growing in the herb garden so finding the shiso wasn't a problem and I think using it rather than another herb is what really put this recipe over the top. We will be making this again until the shiso plant dies in the first frost.

    • Skamper on July 29, 2018

      Very tasty way to grill salmon. My husband, who does not care for basil pesto, really liked it with the shiso.

  • Tuna with avocado-wasabi puree

    • hillsboroks on April 21, 2018

      The grilled tuna with the Garlic-Soy Marinade is very good but with the Avocado-Wasabi Purée it goes right over the top. We also served it with pickled ginger which gave it yet another flavor element. My husband polished off the leftovers cold the next day for lunch and said it was fabulous cold also.

  • All-purpose vegetable marinade in a hurry

    • hillsboroks on September 18, 2017

      It was magic how three simple ingredients came together to make the grilled veggies really shine. I had yuzu juice on hand and used it with the olive oil and soy sauce for the marinade. We grilled the zucchini, summer squash, red pepper and eggplant after marinading them for about 20 minutes. I served them as a side with the Salmon with Shiso Pesto from this cookbook. The family loved them both and it was a snap to put together.

  • Hot-oil halibut

    • tekobo on August 29, 2020

      Made with grilled pomfret. Lovely dressing for any fish.

  • Green cabbage salad with carrot-ginger vinaigrette

    • metacritic on November 19, 2021

      This was surprisingly delicious given that it is effectively raw cabbage with a vinaigrette poured over it. Crisp, bright, and a perfect complement to a miso marinated black cod. Will make again.

  • Tomatoes with garlic, sansho, and olive oil

    • Skamper on July 29, 2018

      These tasted good, but were a bit difficult to eat as they sort of collapsed as soon as cut into. Good combo of flavors; would be good as a cold salad, too.

  • Classic yakitori sauce (Yakitori tare)

    • Skamper on June 24, 2018

      This is delicious. Didn't reduce as much as expected, even after about 2 hours, but the flavor was rich.

  • Minced chicken (Tsukune)

    • Skamper on June 24, 2018

      These were tasty, but I could not get them to stay on skewers, so ended up making them egg-sized and put them directly on the grill.

  • Chicken breasts with yuzu kosho marinade

    • Skamper on August 17, 2018

      This had much less flavor than I expected, given how robust the marinade is.

  • Chicken tenderloins with ume paste

    • Skamper on June 24, 2018

      These were ok but not amazing (and I LOVE ume). Instead of tenderloins, I cut one chicken breast into strips, and made a half batch of the marinade.

  • Mahi mahi with sesame-soy sauce dipping sauce

    • Skamper on September 01, 2019

      The dipping sauce overwhelmed the fish. I made a half batch and used a scant 1T of the sesame paste. Next time, I'd start with one tsp and go from there.

  • Whole grilled Japanese eggplant with lemon and soy sauce

    • Skamper on July 29, 2018

      This was meh. The scoring didn't work for me and these were difficult/impossible to peel. (This is not the recipe pictured at right.) We ate with the skin on, which was fine, but the flavor with the sauce was just ok.

  • Asparagus with miso-mayonnaise dipping sauce

    • Skamper on June 24, 2018

      The sauce was tasty and would be good accompaniment to almost any grilled vegetable. We made asparagus and green pepper.

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Reviews about this book

  • Fine Cooking

    In this eye-opening book, (Ono & Salat)...explore traditional Japanese grilling techniques and recipes like shioyaki (a salt-grilling method) and yakitori (twice-grilled meat and vegetable kebabs)...

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  • ISBN 10 158008737X
  • ISBN 13 9781580087377
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published May 15 2011
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 160
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

American grilling, Japanese flavors: That’s the irresistible idea behind The Japanese Grill. In this bold cookbook, chef Tadashi Ono and writer Harris Salat, avid grillers both, share a key insight: that live-fire cooking marries perfectly with mouthwatering Japanese ingredients like soy sauce and miso.
Packed with fast-and-easy recipes, versatile marinades, and step-by-step techniques, The Japanese Grill will have you grilling amazing steaks, pork chops, salmon, tomatoes, and whole chicken, as well as traditional favorites like yakitori, yaki onigiri, and whole salt-packed fish. Whether you use charcoal or gas, or are a grilling novice or disciple, you will love dishes like Skirt Steak with Red Miso, Garlic–Soy Sauce Porterhouse, Crispy Chicken Wings, Yuzu Kosho Scallops, and Soy Sauce-and-Lemon Grilled Eggplant. Ono and Salat include menu suggestions for sophisticated entertaining in addition to quick-grilling choices for healthy weekday meals, plus a slew of delectable sides that pair well with anything off the fire.
Grilling has been a centerpiece of Japanese cooking for centuries, and when you taste the incredible dishes in The Japanese Grill—both contemporary and authentic—you’ll become a believer, too.

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