Teri Beef Sticks are the fun steak-on-a-stick that locals enjoy in Hawaii. They are a little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lotta delicious! Enjoy as a “pupu” [an appetizer], or just serve up a whole plate of ’em at your next barbecue. Add in a bowl of quick pineapple salsa and you’ve got yourself a spread!
Nothing is like a Hawaiian barbecue! Asian condiments combined with Portuguese influence and fresh island flavor all meld into one big mix plate.
This recipe was created for @whisk magazine. Photographed by Shoshi Sirkis and styled by @teimonet.
These Teri Beef Sticks are no exception! Thinly sliced steak marinated, threaded onto skewers, and grilled until crisp(but still tender!), these are great for snacking while talking story with friends- hawaiian style.
Teri Beef Marinade
I love a simple but super flavorful marinade! We start with the holy triangle of soy sauce-ginger-garlic, and add sugar and pineapple juice for balance, and scallions for flavor. Thats pretty much it guys! Real easy but so yummy and fun to whip up.
Ingredients you need:
- soy sauce (our favorite is Kikkoman)
- sugar (white or brown works fine)
- pineapple juice(I use canned and save the rest for my favorite pineapple relish!)
- canola oil(or another neutral vegetable oil)
- fresh ginger– dried ginger powder just doesn’t have the same flavor!
A quick pineapple salsa is the perfect side to serve at your Hawaiian themed party- and it goes great with Teri beef!
This salsa is delicious and pretty- I love the yellow pineapple and thinly sliced red chili with a garnish of cilantro! Summer in a bowl!!!!
Ingredients you need:
- pineapple – canned slices (we will cut it into cubes) or fresh if you can get it!
- red onion(this is less tart than white onion so try not to sub it)
- red chili pepper (optional but recommended!)
- lime juice(can sub lemon juice in a pinch)
What Meat to Use For Teri Beef
The most important step for a successful, tender Teri Beef Appetizer is choosing the right cut of meat. Remember- this is cooking hot and fast on the grill, so thin slices and nothing tough!
The best type of meat to buy is Tri Tip or Rib Eye. You can also use flank steak, skirt steak, sirloin, or hangar steak.
Ask your butcher to slice it thinly for you, or grab the sharpest knife you have in the kitchen and slice it yourself, aiming for 1-inch wide pieces with a thickness of 1/8-1/4 inch.
TIP: It helps to freeze the meat for 30 minutes before slicing it, that way it firms up a bit and you are able to cut thinner slices much easier.
A Hawaiian Party
For the full Hawaiian party/ BBQ experience, also try:
Bao with Pulled Shoyu Chicken
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Hawaiian Teri Beef Sticks with Pineapple Salsa
- 1 lb ribe eye or tri tip steak can also use hangar, sirloin, skirt steak
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 TBSP canola oil
- 1 TBSP peeled and grated fresh ginger
- 1 TBSP thinly sliced scallion, plus more to garnish
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- sesame seeds to garnish
- 1 cup pineapple, cut to small cubes
- 1 TBSP chopped cilantro
- 1 TBSP diced red onion
- 1/4 small red chili pepper(optional)
- 1 tsp lime(or lemon) juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Prepare beef: Cut beef into pieces that are 1/8-1/4 inch thick and 1 inch wide.
- In a container or zip top bag, combine soy sauce, sugar, pineapple juice, oil, ginger, scallion , and garlic. Add beef and marinate for 30 minutes or an hour. If using wooden skewers soak them in water to prevent burning.
- Thread beef onto skewers, keeping the meat in the centre/top half of each stick.
- Fire up the grill or heat a grill pan over medium heat. Grease the grates to prevent sticking, and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, until the edges are crispy and the meat is cooked through.
- Arrange on a large platter. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.
- In a bowl, mix together pineapple, cilantro, red onion, chili pepper, lime juice, honey, and salt. Serve or keep in the fridge up till overnight in an airtight container.