Grilled Beef Tongue

Grilled Beef Tongue

Grilled beef tongue (or gyutan, 牛タン) is a sliced ​​beef tongue stir-fried. Beef tongue is quite a popular ingredient in Japan, especially in Japanese barbecue restaurants. It's actually one of the most popular items in Yakiniku BBQ restaurants today. The thinly sliced ​​beef tongue is quite tender and delicious. It's quick to cook on specialty restaurant charcoal or gas grills, which of course can alter the flavor, giving the meat nice charred grill marks. Many people in Japan also buy sliced ​​raw tongue to cook at home so they can prepare it directly on their tables using the same type of grills. Here we'll show you how to do it in a pan, which could be a lot easier.

Grilled beef tongue originated in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, after World War II. During a period of food shortage, the restaurateur invented the dish using beef tongue, which was previously thrown away, to alleviate the situation. He perfected the preparation and cooking of the tongue, serving delicious grilled tongue in his restaurant, and his success spread to many other parts of the country. While there are certainly Yakiniku restaurants serving grilled beef tongue, there are now specialty restaurants dedicated solely to serving grilled tongue found everywhere.

Grilled tongue is usually served with savory onion sauce or lemon sauce, rather than Yakiniku sauce. The well-browned meat pairs well with the garlicky onion and sesame flavors. Squeezing lemon onto the dish adds a tangy, refreshing taste and helps cut through the fat. It takes no time to prepare, so once you have all the ingredients, it will be ready in 15-20 minutes. Even on the busiest weekdays, you can enjoy a hearty and delicious dinner with this dish. We hope you give it a try!

Grilled beef tongue with savory onion sauce

Sliced ​​beef tongue simply pan-fried with a delicious onion, salt and lemon sauce

Preparation time10 minutes

Time to cook8 minutes

Total time18 minutes

Course: Main door

Kitchen: Japanese

Keyword: BBQ, Beef, Yakiniku

Portions: 2 portions

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  • 11 oz beef tongue finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Table spoon oil
  • lettuce leaves
  • lemon wedges

Savory onion sauce

  • 1 long white onion finely chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic grated
  • 2 Table spoon Scope
  • 2 Table spoon waterfall
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Table spoon sesame oil
  • Place all the ingredients for the onion and salt sauce in a pan. Stir continuously and let boil for a minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Sprinkle the beef tongue slices with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook the slices in a single layer until lightly browned on one side. Then turn them over and cook until the other side is also lightly golden.

  • Serve the cooked beef tongue with lettuce leaves and lemon wedges for garnish. Next, pour the prepared salt-onion sauce over the beef tongue.

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