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Beef and Asparagus Negimaki

  • yield: Makes 24

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Ingredients

  • Salt, for water
  • 24 thin stalks asparagus, or 12 thick stalks sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch scallions, greens only
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Ice water, for bath

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat a grill or grill pan until hot, or prepare oven broiler. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cut off asparagus ends to within 3 1/2 inches from tips; reserve bottoms for another use. Place tips in boiling water; cook until bright green but still crunchy, about 1 minute. Prepare an ice-water bath. Drain asparagus; transfer to an ice-water bath to stop cooking. Drain asparagus again in a colander, and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together soy sauce and sugar until dissolved; set aside. Cut scallions into 3 1/2-inch lengths, julienned lengthwise; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Slice tenderloin into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. Place one slice between two pieces of plastic; pound lightly to an even thickness. Remove plastic; trim into 2-by-5-inch rectangle. Repeat with remaining beef.

  4. Step 4

    Dip a piece of beef in soy-sauce mixture, and place on a clean surface. Season with pepper. Place 1 piece of scallion and 2 asparagus tips across 1 end of beef, so vegetables extend over edges; roll. Set aside. Repeat with remaining beef and vegetables.

  5. Step 5

    Grill or broil negamaki, brushing with sauce and turning, until slightly charred and medium rare, about 2 minutes. Serve.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1997/1998

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Reviews (2)

  • 1 Jan, 2008

    the spelling makes no difference to me, as I can't pronounce it either way. But thanks for giving us the meaning, that was nice of you

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    This Japanese dish is supposed to be called "Negimaki" not "Negamaki"!
    Negi means Scallions/Green Onions.