Asparagus Negimaki (Japanese Beef Rolls)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

Asparagus and beef roll, seasoned with teriyaki sauce, and grilled. An extremely simple dish to prepare which makes an elegant presentation as an appetizer; it also works well as the main dish served over steaming white rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat grill pan until hot; bring salted water to a boil over medium high heat in a saucepan.
  2. Blanch asparagus spears for 1 minute; drain and plunge in an ice water bath to stop cooking.
  3. In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, sugar, mirin (or dry sherry), ginger, and garlic; heat over medium heat until reduced and slightly thickened; set aside to cool.
  4. Cut green onions in fourths, lengthwise, so you have long strips.
  5. Slice beef in 1/4 inch slices, then pound to tenderize and thin out.
  6. Dip beef slice in soy sauce mixture and place on a clean work surface; season with pepper.
  7. Place an asparagus spear and a piece of green onion on the beef slice and roll up.
  8. Do the same with the remaining asparagus and beef.
  9. Grill beef rolls about 2 minutes until slightly charred and medium rare. Turn several times and brush with soy sauce mixture.
  10. Remove to a serving platter and drizzle generously with soy sauce mixture.
Most Helpful

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Oh my goodness!!!! Sooooooooo delicious! And easy! Thank you, Ice Cool Kitty for posting our new family favorite! We served them on a bed of rice with the extra sauce on top; would also be excellent as an appetizer/finger food.

Instead of cooking the sauce first, I simply marinated the pounded meat in it as I was making up the rolls; then left the rolls in the sauce until they hit the frypan. After turning the meat, I poured the sauce into the pan to flash-boil and thicken while the meat finished cooking (about 1 more min).