Summer is around the corner, and that means it is grilling season. It is the perfect opportunity to turn off the oven and move those cooking tasks outside. Whether for a big get-together or a small family dinner, the barbecue is an essential cooking tool for many summer meals in the average home. The grill can do so much more than just hot dogs and burgers, however. And if you’re a fan of Korean barbecue or Asian foods, you can bring your favorite flavors home to your outdoor grill. Read on for some fun ideas to try out on your Asian BBQ adventure this summer.
Grilled Corn With Miso Butter
Grilled corn is a delicious staple at many barbecues, loved by children and adults alike. Give this seasonal favorite an interesting Japanese twist by combining miso, butter, soy sauce, and a touch of honey and brushing it onto the corn as it grills.
Bulgogi Short Ribs
Combine chopped green onions, 2 TBSP rice wine vinegar, 3 TBSP each crushed garlic and ginger, 2 TBSP sesame oil, and a ½ cup each of soy sauce, brown sugar, and apple sauce and marinate the short ribs for 4 hours before grilling. If you want your bulgogi to have some heat, consider adding some gochujang to your spice preferences to give your Asian BBQ some extra kick.
Yakitori is a chicken skewer that makes a delicious and fun grilled meal. The marinade combines soy sauce, miso, and daikon radish. The basting sauce combines soy sauce, sake, mirin, sherry vinegar, sugar, crushed garlic, and chopped ginger. Put chunks of marinated chicken and veggies on skewers and grill them, basting often.
Orange-Ginger Marinated Salmon
Fish is a great, healthy barbecue choice, and this marinade takes only minutes of prep work. Combine 1 minced shallot, 3 TBSP of fresh squeezed orange juice, ½ tsp of kosher salt, and 1 TBSP each of minced ginger and garlic, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and olive oil. Put the marinade in a plastic bag with your salmon and refrigerate it for 2-3 hours before grilling.
Five Spice Chicken
This is a delicious if somewhat intimidating project since you’re cooking a whole chicken on your grill. Choose a broiler or fryer type chicken and butterfly it. Rub it down with a dry rub that combines 1 tsp of coriander and ¼ tsp each of five spice powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, chili pepper or paprika, and ground Sichuan peppercorns or black pepper. Once you put it on the grill, use two-zone indirect fire.
Hoisin Grilled Asparagus
The two main ingredients are in the name, and this side dish is both delicious and so easy to make. Mix hoisin sauce with a little olive oil and toss the asparagus in it. Throw it on the grill and get perfectly beautifully charred and flavorful veggies in minutes. When it isn’t grilling season, you can also cook it in the oven.
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