Rolled Beef with Green Beans - Negimaki Style
Negimaki is an Asian dish where scallions are wrapped in thin strips of beef and cooked in a sauce similar to that used in Sukiyaki. If you want to get fancy with it, you can trim the ends, then cut the bundles in half on the diagonal and stand the pieces on end. I made an unsuccessful attempt at tying the bundles closed with scallions. You can use toothpicks or kitchen twine.
This recipe contains sirloin beef, green beans (fresh), soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch, scallions, sesame seeds
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
- 2 1/2 lb. beef round sandwich steak (or other beef sliced thin)
- 1 lb. haricot vert (skinny French green beans)
- 3/4 cup(s) light soy sauce
- 1/2 cup(s) sake
- 1/2 cup(s) mirin
- 1/3 cup(s) sugar
- Sesame oil
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- chopped scallions (optional for garnish)
- toasted sesame seeds (optional)
- 1. If your meat is on the thick side, spray a sheet of plastic wrap lightly with cooking spray (will prevent beef from tearing), fold it over a slice of beef and pound out thinner with a meat mallet.
- 2. Stack 6 beans cross-wise at one end and roll into a tube, fastening with kitchen twine or toothpicks.
- 3. Marinate the bundles in the soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar for at least 30 minutes.
- 4. Reserving the marinade, remove the bundles and pat dry.
- 5. In batches so they're not over-crowded, sear the bundles in sesame oil and set aside.
- 6. Once all of the bundles have been seared, return them all to the pan, along with the reserved marinade and any drippings.
- 7. Allow to simmer until tender and cooked through (will depend on how thin you pounded the beef, how long it marinated, etc.)
- 8. Stir the cornstarch into a little water to create a slurry, then add it to the sauce and cook until thickened.
- 9. To serve, spoon a little sauce over each bundle, and top with chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds.