Grilled Sesame Pork Kebabs with Cucumber Salad Is a Fun Weeknight Dinner

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Make Grilled Sesame Pork Kebabs For Dinner TonightAntonis Achiellos

Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins


  • 1/3 c.

    hoisin sauce

  • 1/3 c.

    soy sauce

  • 1/3 c.

    plus 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 tbsp.

    packed brown sugar

  • 1 tsp.

    garlic powder

  • 1 tsp.

    black pepper

  • 1 tsp.

    ground ginger

  • 2 tsp.

    toasted sesame oil

  • 2 lb.

    pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 1/4 c.

    rice vinegar

  • 1/2 c.

    olive oil

  • 1

    small garlic clove, minced

  • 1/2 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 2

    English cucumbers, quartered and thinly sliced

  • 2

    teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 10

    scallions, white and light green parts cut into 2-inch pieces, dark green parts thinly sliced

  • 4

    cups prepared white rice


  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, 1/3 cup honey, the brown sugar, garlic powder, pepper, ginger and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add the pork to the bowl and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

  2. Whisk together the rice vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, remaining 2 teaspoons honey and the salt in a liquid measuring cup. Pour over the cucumbers in a bowl, add the sesame seeds and toss. Set aside.

  3. Thread the pork and scallion pieces onto 12 wooden skewers, alternating ingredients (if using a grill, soak the skewers in water for at least 20 minutes before threading). Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high.

  4. Grill the kebabs, turning, until the pork is marked and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the grill and let rest at least 5 minutes. Serve the kebabs with the rice and cucumber salad. Garnish with the dark green scallion parts. 

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