Grilled Skewered Scallops and Stir-Fried Sweet Peppers
and Hiroko Shimbo’s The Japanese Kitchen
serves 3 to 4
- a dozen bamboo skewers, soaked for 1 hour
- 1 pound bay scallops
- 2 Tablespoons mirin
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup mirin
Rinse scallops and pat dry with a paper towel. Toss with the mirin and let sit for 10 minutes. Pat dry.
Melt the sugar in a well-seasoned cast iron pan (or other non-stick pan) over low to medium heat. Do not let it burn: stir and shake the pan until the sugar liquifies. Add the soy sauce and mirin. Simmer this glaze very gently until it’s thick and glossy.
Put the scallops onto skewers. Suspend the skewers over the rim of a jelly-roll pan, and brush the scallops with a bit of the glaze. Broil for about 3 minutes, turning once. Remove from heat and brush with teriyaki glaze again. Broil for another minute or two, until the scallops start to brown. Brush with glaze again, and re-arrange the skewers to lay directly on the pan in the sauce which dripped down. Ideally, you’d aim to serve these hot, but lacking kitchen help I let the skewers rest in the glaze and come up to room temperature.
Vegetable Stir-Fry and Sauce:
inspired by Tori no Usugiriyaki
- A dozen mini-sweet peppers (red, orange, and yellow)
- 1 cup broccoli flowerets
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- fresh-ground black pepper (about 2 teaspoons!)
- 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 4 to 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in water
Cut the stems from the peppers, cut them in half, then remove the seeds and pith. Cut into lengthwise slices about ¼-inch wide.
Prepare the stir-fry sauce by stirring the soy sauce, honey and black pepper over low heat. When it becomes fragrant, stir in the sesame oil.
Heat the wok, and add the vegetable oil. Stir-fry the sliced peppers over high heat. Add a splash of water and add the broccoli flowers. Toss in the garlic. When it smells delicious, add the warm sauce. Stir to mix. Blend in the slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce.
Serve the skewers and vegetables with fresh hot rice.