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Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers are marinated in a delicious Asian garlic sesame sauce and grilled to tender and juicy perfection.  Perfect for any BBQ or gathering!

Great grill meals for outdoor entertaining are a must at my house.  When I am in the mood for steak with delicious Asian flavors, I also love Grilled Flank Steak with Asian Marinade because it is unbelievably good!

Asian Grilled Garlic Steak Skewers cooked and on a plate.

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Excellent! Juicy and perfectly seasoned!


Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers

Ok, ok I admit that I have a bit of an obsession with Asian foods. But this recipe was FANTASTIC! Anything that involves soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil is an instant favorite in my book. This recipe was simple to put together and the flavor is out of this world good.

I am pretty picky when it comes to steak. It has to be tender and melt in your mouth. I just can’t do the tough and chewy but it takes cooking the steak just right. Also buying a high-quality steak helps too you just can’t overcook it. Tenderloin can be a little expensive but it will get the best results. A chuck roast is a little less expensive but can tend to be a little tough and chewy I have found. A sirloin tip is a good balance between the two and will deliver amazing results and a great kabab.

What do I need to Make Garlic Steak Skewers?

  • Top sirloin steak: Lean and fits into a balanced diet, and it’s budget friendly.  (If you have room in your budget, filet is a great option as well!)
  • Red onion: Mild flavor and great color!
  • Soy sauce: It brings out meat’s natural flavors and also tenderizes it.
  • Garlic cloves: minced
  • Sesame oil: Nutty and toasty flavor in the marinade.
  • Olive Oil: Mix together with sesame oil and soy sauce for marinade.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness
  • Grated ginger: Keep ginger root in your freezer and grate some whenever you need it.
  • Sesame seeds: Sesame flavor combined with the ginger is trademark Asian flavor!
  • Bell Peppers: I love using yellow green and orange because of their taste and color!
  • Green onions: For garnish
  • Skewers: If using wooden, soak 30 minutes ahead of time in water.

How to Make Asian Garlic Steak Skewers:

  1. Cut steak: Cut steak into one inch cubes. Cut the red onion into large chunks and set aside.
  2. Wisk sauce: In a large bowl whisk together soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, vegetable oil, sugar, ginger and sesame seeds. Add the steak and toss to coat in marinade. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Make Skewers: Preheat the grill to medium high heat while you thread the meat and the red onion onto the skewers.
  4. Grill: Cook for 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking.
4 pictures showing how to marinate the steak, cut up the veggies and cook them on the skewers.

How do you cook with wooden skewers?

While the meat for your grilled Asian steak skewers is marinating, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.  The temperature of the water does not matter.  If you find yourself using skewers in your cooking a lot, then I would suggest pre-soaking the skewers.  Soak a bunch of them overnight, drain, wrap in plastic, and freeze. Then you will have some ready whenever you need them.

A closeup of cooked Asian garlic steak skewers.

What temperature do you grill kabobs?

On a grill: Cook your kabob directly over the flame or coals.  Keep the lid open since you are cooking on direct heat.  Grill on medium-high heat (about 375 degrees) for 8-10 minutes.  Rotate approximately every 2-3 minutes until all sides are browned.

In the oven: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  A higher temperature is necessary since the kabob will not be on direct heat.

Asian garlic steak skewers on a platter, ready to eat.

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Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers

4.86 from 14 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers are marinated in a delicious asian sesame sauce and grilled to tender and juicy perfection!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Skewers



  • Cut steak into one inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl whisk together soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, olive oil, sugar, ginger and sesame seeds. Add the steak and toss to coat in marinade. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Thread the meat, red onion, and bell pepper onto the skewers. Grill for 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking.


Updated on June 27, 2022
Originally Posted on July 1, 2016


Calories: 426kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 29gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1507mgPotassium: 635mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 735IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I made this last night for dinner. I only marinated it for 90 mins and it was great. Also, I used fillet mignon. I highly recommend splurging!

  2. 3 stars
    I marinated this for about 8 hours and it turned out to be really salty. The only salt component is the soy sauce so I would recommend using low sodium soy sauce. Otherwise it was pretty good.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m Korean and yes, we have our traditional BBQ marinade…I tried this and my family wiped out the plate. This is my go to marinade now.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    I made the sauce exactly as written, just added mushrooms, sweet onions and red peppers, grilled each side for approx 5 minutes and it is now one of my very favorite recipes!

    Added to my Personal Favorite Pins Board!

    Thanks so much~

  5. This was delicious both times I made it! My family raved.
    But since I’m trying to cut calories, do you know if it really needs all that oil? Could I use just the sesame oil for flavor, but leave out the vegetable oil? What might happen?

    1. Hi Ginger!
      I am so happy that they all love it! You should be just fine leaving out the vegetable oil. I would maybe try to use a small amount of coconut oil instead. Please let me know how it turns out! Thanks so much for following along with me!

      1. 5 stars
        Made it!! Delicious.
        I was only able to marinade for an hour and it was still great. The steak had lots of flavor. My picky husband and daughters liked it as well. I made white rice and set the skewers on top.
        Thanks for a delicious recipe

  6. Made this recipe twice in one week!! It’s so delicious I make it on my Traeger grill its come out amazing! Thanks for the recipe

    1. Pineapple is great or a sweet, light and tasty salad. Let me know what you find best for you! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  7. Made this last night – extremely tasty. I don’t like it too sweet so I halved the amount of sugar. Just keep in mind that any marinade with this much sugar will caramelise and burn easily on high heat. Adding this to the weekly list

    1. I’m marinating the meat right now. I am serving over rice with a side fresh fruit salad.

  8. This is delicious! My family loves it, I have made it 3 times within a matter of weeks. The marinade is so good that I use it on a variety of vegetables that we grill or stir fry. It has become a go-to recipe in our house!

    1. I have never tried it with a broiler or a grill pan. That sounds like a great way to cook it if you don’t have a grill! Let me know how it turns out!