Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

Asian Sesame Beef Skewers

Each Canada Day, my family hosts a large BBQ and I have the joy of cooking plenty of meat. The grill and smoker are both going most of the day to make sure there is enough meat for everyone. This past July 1st, we had around 30 people and it filled up our backyard pretty well. The day is a lot of fun and it has turned into one of my favourite days of the year! This event, rightly called Meat Extravaganza, is on its fifth year. This name fits as there is no shortage of meat including beef, pork, chicken, salmon, shrimp, etc.

Each year I like to try and make a couple different dishes to mix it up and give some variety. Instead of large slabs up meat, this year I did a couple of skewers so that people could try more things, instead of filling up on one. One of the skewers I made was these Asian Sesame Beef Skewers. The day following the Meat Extravaganza event, my brother in law emailed me saying he couldn’t find the recipe on the blog. Since I hadn’t even posted it and I never got any pictures of the final dish, I knew I had to make it again.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

I have tried something new for The Black Peppercorn. I recorded a video food demo of this recipe and uploaded it on Youtube. Below is the Youtube video showing step by step instructions for making these delicious skewers!

These skewers are made with the prime cut of beef. The tenderloin or filet is a little on the pricey side, but after you try these, you will not regret it. The skewers are tender and melt in your mouth delicious! Once cut up, the tenderloin makes a lot of skewers and can feed plenty of people!

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

Since there is no acidic ingredient in the marinade, like lemon juice or vinegar, it is possible for the beef to marinate for many hours. I typically let the beef cubes marinate for 2-3 hours, stirring them occasionally.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

Once skewered, the beef does not take long to cook on the grill. Six minutes of grilling results in a medium rare beef skewer that is tender and delicious, but you can adjust the grill time to reach your desired doneness.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

Once grilled, place the skewers on a serving platter and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Not only does this garnish create an attractive plated dish, it also enhances the flavour of the skewers.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

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Grilled Asian Sesame Beef Skewers

Grilled beef tenderloin skewers marinated in an Asian sesame marinade. Sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and green onions.
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 beef tenderloin (3-4 pounds) , or other lean cut of beef
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 garlic cloves , minced
  • 4 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 8 green onions , sliced
  • skewers


  • Trim the beef tenderloin of any fat and membrane. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • Make the marinade by mixing the oils, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger and chili flakes together.
  • Place beef cubes in a bowl, pour the marinade over them and toss to ensure all the beef is coated in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least one hour to marinate.
  • Soak skewers for at least 15 minutes before adding the meat.
  • When ready to grill, place the meat on the skewers.
  • Grill on medium high for about 6 minutes, flipping halfway through. This will cook the beef to medium rare. Adjust the grill time for suit your desired doneness.
  • Place on a serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers Asian Marinade

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. wonderful recipe and fab flavours , my family will love this recipe, you presented it so well Steve xoxo

  2. Oh wow, my mouth is watering. Looks so yummy!


  3. I wanted to let you know that I often Stumble your posts because your recipes look AMAZING!

  4. Pretty much a guarantee that I’ll be trying out this recipe….looks rather idiot-proof (which works for me!) and yummy! This will definitely appeal to my red-meat-lovin’ hubby! 🙂

    As always, the photography is amazing as well, Steve!

    For some reason, it won’t let me rate this recipe. I’ll give it a big 5 star for sure!

  5. This looks great! I love Asian beef recipes.

  6. This looks amazing! We might have to try this out this weekend!

  7. Wow! I know this is so cliche but my mouth really is watering. =]

  8. I think that marinade is fabulous… it would make a great stir fry sauce too. 🙂 These skewers are screaming “eat me”. Gosh… how I wish I could pluck on off my screen. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. We tried this recipe tonight, and these skewers were AMAZING! The marinade is fabulous, and very easy to make. This easily became a new family favourite!

  10. They look awesome, want to eat them off the screen!

  11. I made these for New Year’s Eve and we really enjoyed them. It was cold and rainy outside, so I stir-fried the beef in a wok – worked great! If the site would let me add a rating, I would give this recipe 5 stars.

  12. Wow, these look great. It’s been along time since I cooked with beef as it always seems to be tough, but I am going to try these this weekend!

  13. Steve, I made these skewers tonight and they were SO darn good! I made a few small tweaks (used sirloin, tweaked the amounts of chili flakes, etc.) but otherwise kept the recipe the same. FANTASTIC, we all loved ’em, thank you for sharing it!

  14. Found this recipe on Pinterest. Marinated overnight and grilled these at a work bbq yesterday. Flawless. Almost couldn’t garnish because they kept disappearing as soon as they came off the grill.

  15. Having 30+ people in and would like to use this recipe for a whole beef tenderloin. This party doesn’t lend itself to last minute cooking. Will I need to sear it prior to roasting in the oven. About 15 minutes?

  16. Awesome!! Can I marinate overnight? Thank you!

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