October 14, 2020 — Canape

Tuna & Sweetcorn Yakitori

  • 30 minutes
  • 2 PEOPLE
  • easy

Yakitori specifically refers to skewers of grilled or barbecued chicken, usually served with a dipping sauce, such as yakitori or teriyaki. Yakiniku refers to barbecued meat in general and in particular, the special Japanese restaurants where raw meat is brought to the table and cooked on a grill built into the table. The term koshiyaki is used for skewers of other kinds of meat, including fish and seafood. Therefore the correct term for my little skewers of grilled fish should be koshiyaki. However, it would appear that yakitori is also becoming synonymous with little skewers of any kind of barbecued food, such as one might find grilling in the cramped and smoky yakitori-ya shops of Japan, or nestled in neat rows on top of the increasing popular specialist yakitori barbecue grills for the home. Either way… here’s my Tuna & Sweetcorn Yakitori!

Japanese style barbecued skewers of tuna and babycorn with ponzu sauce

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What you need

For the Tuna & Sweetcorn Yakitori:

250g fresh tuna

4 baby corns

4 baby leeks

1 lemon

Wooden skewers

Ponzu dipping sauce:

1 tsp caster sugar

2 tbs mirin

2 tbs dark soy sauce

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp lemon juice


How Dad Cooked It

  1. Preheat the grill to max – or set-up a barbecue. Soak the skewers in water.
  2. Squeeze the lemon over the salmon.
  3. Make the ponzu sauce. Bring the mirin, soy and sugar to a boil and take off the heat, when cooled add the citrus juices – add more to taste.
  4. Par boil the corn for 3-4 minutes. Simmer the leeks for about 2 minutes.
  5. Cut the corn into even pieces, then cut the tuna and the leeks to similar sizes.
  6. Push the ingredients in alternating manner on medium size skewers.
  7. Drizzle the skewers with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook under grill, or over barbecue until evenly browned and cooked through.
  9. Serve with ponzu sauce. These Tuna & Sweetcorn Yakitori are great as appetisers or part of a Japanese style meal with rice or noodles, green vegetables and salad.


For mor Tuna & Sweetcorn recipes check out: Tuna & Sweetcorn Pizza in a Pan or Tuna & Sweetcorn Enchilada.

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