Sunday, March 15, 2015

Recipe: Longhorn Steakhouse's Classic Beef Teriyaki Skewers

I recently went to a Food Blogging Conference in Orlando (posts about that to come soon - DISNEY!). While there I decided to shift my blog - just a bit. I've been doing restaurant reviews for YEARS now - and then I started adding recipes. To be honest - I've been a little burned out! 

The conference rejuvenated me - but also gave me an idea of how to tweak the blog to make it fit me a bit more - and be a little less overwhelming. So in addition to my restaurant reviews - I'm going to be focusing more on restaurant recipes! I'm hoping to get some secret recipes from local places - but to start with - the chains are easy to find. 

One of our favorite restaurants is Longhorn Steakhouse. It's up the street from us and the servers are great - we head up there at least twice/month. They have a whole section of their site for Recipes and one that jumped out to me was their Classic Beef Teriyaki Skewers.

For the Teriyaki Marinade - you whisk together five ingredients - super simple! You just mix together honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, hoisin sauce and Chinese 5 Spice. Oddly enough for me - I had everything except the 5 spice - usually I'm at least 3 ingredients short of every recipe I find! 

I also got to try out my new OXO Good Grips 7 piece liquid measuring set. It was in my swag bag from the conference. I have to say - I kinda love them. I'm pretty sure it's the rainbow colors - but I also like that they come in such a variety of sizes - and the cups overlap measures which is nice too.

The bigger ones are nice too because you can get a small spatula or spoon for sticky things like honey and hoisin sauce.

Once your marinade is all whisked together - you can prep your skewer ingredients. I got a Top Sirloin from the meat market up the street (pretty great looking). I cut this into 1" chunks and trimmed the fat off as I went.

I also prepped a red onion and pineapple. You can also add green pepper - I just didn't have one at home that day. Once you have all your ingredients in 1" chunks you can start putting together your skewers.

Brush all the skewers liberally with half of the marinade that you made. The skewers make it easy to turn them and get the other side.

Then refrigerate at least two hours or overnight.

Then you grill for 6-8 minutes - turning and basting - and dinner is served! I like to just cook it for 2-3 minutes on each side to get rare/medium-rare sirloin. The smaller chunks cook up quick - so watch them to be sure they're not dry! 

I really hope you enjoy this recipe and I hope you'll join me on this new path of restaurant recipes! 

Longhorn Steakhouse Classic Beef Teriyaki Skewers


1 lb top sirloin
1 large red onion
1 large pepper
1 large fresh pineapple

Teriyaki Marinade:

1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
3 T soy sauce
3 T Hoisin sauce
3 T honey
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice seasoning


  1. Cut steak, onion, pepper and pineapple into 1 inch chunks
  2. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a bowl. Reserve half marinade for later use. 
  3. Prepare the skewers - alternating between steak, onion, pepper & pineapple
  4. Place skewers on a tray and brush liberally with half of the marinade. Wrap & refrigerate between 2 hours and overnight.
  5. Place skewers on a hot oiled grill (or grill pan). Turn every 2-3 minutes - cooking for a total of 6-8 minutes based on desired doneness. 
  6. Serve with rice

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