These Japanese beef roll ups are a popular home cooking recipe in many households in Japan. Carrots and green beans are often used for fillings but I wanted make my beef rolls a little different. I decide to use capsicum instead. I bought green, red, and yellow ones so when the beef rolls are cut, it looks beautiful. Remember, presentation is very important in Japanese cuisine even if it is eaten at home. These are a super easy thing to make for delicious Japanese dinner!
I often run at a park in Brisbane where a local market is held every Saturday. After the run I bought three coloured capsicums and thought I can make colouful beef roll ups with these capsicums. Capsicums here in Australia are very big compared to the size of what we get in Japan. This recipe also needs thinly sliced beef to wrap up the vegetables in the middle. I am lucky enough to live in the city where there are two Japanese grocery stores that sell thinly sliced beef for “Shabu Shabu” ( I will share a recipe for this one day in the future). If you can’t get those from Japanese grocery stores or Asian grocery stores, you need to buy thin cut beef such as for beef schnitzel and use a meat tenderizer to make it more thinner. Once the meat is prepared to roll up, this is a very simple recipe.
I had a friend over and enjoyed these beef roll ups and green salad from my little veggie patch. You can even wrap up with lettuce to add more vegetables to the meal. I did not realise but my friend said these beef roll ups are a bit like sausages. They actually do look a bit like sausages. And the sauce is so delicious. If you have gas cooktops or a heat up skillet like I have, when you pour the sauce over, it will sizzle and the garlic, soy and oyster sauce flavour will make you drool!
These Japanese beef roll ups filled with capsicum are an easy Japanese home-cooking staple. They're great for dinner, lunch, and a bbq!
- 300 g Shabu Shabu beef or any thinly sliced beef
- 1/4 red capsicum
- 1/4 green capsicum
- 1/4 yellow capsicum
- 15 Shiso leaves
- 1/2 tbs plain flour
- 1 clove garlic mashed
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 3 tbs Sake if you can not get sake, use sherry
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs oyster sause
- 1 tbs sugar
Cut the capsicum into sticks.
Lay the thinly slice beef on a chopping board and place 1 stick of each coloured cupsicum on the beef then tightly roll it up.
Repeat this same process until all the beef is used (I made about 15 roll ups out of 300 g beef)
Cover the roll ups with flour.
Heat a little sesame oil in a frying pan over medium heat and place the beef roll ups in the pan.
Cook one side for about 2- 3 minutes or until browned with a lid on.
Turn the beef roll ups over and cook the other side for a further 2-3 minutes.
Combine all the sauce ingredients and pour over the beef roll ups in the frying pan to sizzle.
Serve with green salad.
Nutritional values are for the beef roll ups only.
If you are unable to get thinly cut beef, freeze the meat for a few hours. Then slice it thinly with a sharp knife.