American Wagyu Tenderloin Kalbi Kebabs

BY: Lee Anne Wong

  • cooking-duration 45 minutes, 24 hours prep
  • servings 2 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style grill
  • cooking-mode beginner

Snake River Farms American Wagyu tenderloin pieces are a beef lover’s secret weapon when they need something fast and delicious on the fly. Perfect for stir fry, grilling, or a fast pan sear, the tender pieces cook quickly and are enhanced by marinades such as the one below. This recipe embraces Korean barbecue flavors with the classic backyard kebab.



  • 1 pound SRF American Wagyu Black Grade Tenderloin Pieces Buy Now

  • or

  • 1 pound SRF American Wagyu Gold Grade Tenderloin Pieces Buy Now

  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 2” pieces for skewering

  • 10 white button mushrooms

Kalbi Marinade

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1/4 cup mirin

  • 1/2 Korean/Asian pear, peeled and grated (can substitute an apple)

  • 1/2 medium onion, grated

  • 4 scallions thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup cola soda, or lemon lime soda


Preheat the grill on high. If you are using wooden skewers soak them in water for 20 minutes. Make marinade and pour 1/4 of the marinade over the Wagyu Tenderloin Pieces and allow to marinate overnight.
30 minutes
Remove the beef from the marinade. Thread and alternate the marinated beef pieces with onion and mushrooms on each skewer. Grill the kebabs, turning, until the ingredients are charred and cooked to desired doneness, 5 to 15 minutes. Use the additional marinade to brush on the kebabs while they are cooking for extra caramelization. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish.
15 minutes
Combine all ingredients and whisk until the sugar dissolves and everything is well blended. Makes enough marinade for 4 lbs. of meat, extra marinade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, can also be used for brushing.
10 minutes