Beef Teriyaki

Before I was born, my parents lived on the island of Okinawa in Japan. My mom brought this recipe for Beef Teriyaki home with her. It’s been a family favorite my whole life.

A key to success with this dish is to purchase the leanest sirloin steak you can find and slice it super thin.


Beef Teriyaki

  • 1-½ to 2 pounds sirloin steak, pounded thin, and sliced into 1-½ -inch long super-thin slices; all fat and gristle removed
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 to ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

In a large bowl, combine ginger, garlic, Mirin, brown sugar, soy sauce, and green onions. Add the beef and mix well. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add in beef. Cook, stirring often, until marinade is evaporated and meat has carmelized.

Serve with cooked carrots and edamame over hot, cooked rice.


Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl

Our doctors tell us over and over to eat healthfully. One part of that is eating fresh. Here’s a low-fat, lots-of-veggies, quick-fix dinner that’s full of flavor.


Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl

  • 2 cups white or sushi rice
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 3 pieces each, flattened
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha (more if you want it spicier)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3-inch piece of daikon, grated (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For marinade: Combine Sriracha, soy sauce, honey, and Mirin. Place chicken pieces in marinade.

While chicken is marinating, combine rice and water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil; cover and simmer exactly 20 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare chicken: Heat vegetable oil in large skillet. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade and add to skillet; discard marinade. Cook chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. While chicken is cooking, boil or steam broccoli and carrots; drain.

To assemble: Place a serving of rice in bowl, top with broccoli, carrots, daikon, and chicken. Top with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve hot.