Friday, October 19, 2012

Kushikatsu - Japanese Skewers

Kushikatsu are Japanese deep-fried skewers, crispy outside and juicy inside. The ingredients, meat and vegetables, go through plain flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Kushikatsu is popular especially in Osaka and Kansai area.

Assorted kushikatsu, including shrimp, sausage, quail eggs - uzura no tamago ウズラの卵, onion - tamanegi 玉ねぎ, beans - mame 豆.

Kushikatsu is written 串かつ - you can actually see the skewer in the kanji, easy to remember: 串

The appetizer, on a nice plate:

The menu often appears like this:

Harumi Kurihara has an excellent cooking show on NHK World (NHK is the Japanese national TV channel). It is called "Your Japanese Kitchen" and I have been watching it for more than a year, weekly. In an episode from August 2011, she presents the recipe of kushikatsu. The show is in English and very interesting. She is extraordinary, sometimes called the Martha Stewart of Japan. She wrote tens of cook books, and received international prizes in the field.


  1. It seems so tasty. (*-*) I like Japanese food.

    I'll search for a recipe to cook these skewers. Never heard about them. :)

  2. It is a popular dish. As I said, I am a fan of Harumi Kurihara. Her laughter is wonderful, too. She teaches "cooking with a smile" :-)
    For 8 skewers: 400 g pork, 1 onion, 1 leek (I avoid pork, and anything can be used basically). Of course, salt and pepper. The coating is: flour, 1 beaten egg, breadcrumbs. And the sauce: 1 tbsp sake, 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sugar. She suggested the use of miso as well, 50 g. Prepare the sauce over medium heat. Thread the ingredients on skewers. Dust with flour, dip in beaten egg, coat with bread crumbs. Deep-fry until golden brown. And enjoy!

    Best wishes, Li-chan!

    1. Ok!! I'm going to try it later and tell soon! :3

      Thanks for the recipe! :D

    2. It can only come out tasty. Easy to cook, too. :-)