Today I want to share with you, Japanese grilled skewer.

The rainy season is about to over, and that means the hot and humid Japanese summer is starting soon.

It’s time to cook up things in grill to make my life easier.

Let’s make super simple yet delicious summer Yakitori!

Soak bamboo skewer into the water

First things first, soak bamboo skewer into the water to avoid scorching. 

Season chicken with salt and Sake

Do you remember how much we add salt? 

Yes, about 1 % of the amount.

The most important thing is adjust to your liking or your health condition.

Sake and salt ( and sometimes sugar ) make a quick and easy marinade.

Pork wrapped cherry tomatos

Let’s make one more easy skewer.

Pork wrapped cherry tomatoes.

Cooked cherry tomatoes is like fresh tomato sauce, sweet and juicy, goes so well with pork.

How to grill

Now it’s time to grill.

In the Japanese kitchen, we have a compact griller installed as a default to grill fish. 

I use this usuful griller to grill anything you can put in.

If you have BBQ griller outside your house, with the chacole, that’s the best way to cook these skewers. 

Or, you can use indoor grill, oven, or even grill pan is good to use.

How to serve

Serve with sesame oil and salt with a hint of grated garlic.

It’s going give it a nice kick to Yakitori.

Cherry tomato is cooked and taste like fresh tomato sauce. 

The taste of summer is going on your mouth.

But be careful, the tomato will pop out from your mouth when you give it a bite.

The popular Yakitori is seasoned with teriyaki sauce, but it’s a little bit too rich in summer. We prefer salt in summer, and you are going to see if you take a bite.

Yakitori (easy summer version)

Easy to make, light to eat summer grilled skewers
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3 servings


  • griller (BBQ griller, indoor grill, grill pan)
  • bowl


Yakitori (salt flavor)

  • 1 chicken thigh (300g)
  • ts salt ※about 1% of chicken
  • 2 ts Sake
  • A pinch of sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Pork wrapped cherry tomatoes

  • 150 g sliced pork belly ※or bacon
  • 12 pcs cherry tomatoes
  • ½ ts salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbs all-purpose flour

Sesame oil sauce

  • ¼ ts salt
  • ¼ ts grated garlic
  • 2 ts sesame oil


  • Shiso leaves



  • Cut chicken thigh into chunks. You can leave the skin on to keep the juice inside.
    Season with salt and sake, and a pinch of sugar.
    Toss to season evenly.
  • Put them on the skewer and set aside.

Pork wrapped cherry tomatoes

  • Rinse your tomato and pat dry.
    Cut the sliced pork belly in half lengthwise, and line them on the cutting board.
    Season with salt and pepper, and dust with all-purpose flour.
    wrap cherry tomatoes with it, and put them on the skewer.


  • Preheat the grill, while line the skewer on the wire lack.
  • Flip it over every couple of minutes to cook through.
    The pork is cooked faster than the chicken, take it out from the cooked one.

How to serve

  • Sprinkle Shiso leaves, aka Japanese basil, tear into small pieces with your fingers. It adds refreshing aroma to it and brings out the simple deliciousness. 
    Serve with sesame oil and salt with a hint of grated garlic.
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