If you’re wondering what to serve with your yakitori, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 10 of the most popular side dishes for yakitori.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for yakitori are salads and vegetables like sesame carrot salad, spicy cucumber salad, vegetable skewers, or Asian roasted vegetables. For more filling sides try coconut rice, vegetable chow mein, or Japanese egg salad sandwiches.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Rainbow carrot sesame salad
This carrot sesame salad is a delicious side dish to your yakitori.
It adds loads of color, flavor, and crunch.
The herbs cilantro and basil give it a delicate but complex flavor, and the miso in the dressing adds some umami.
It’s the perfect salad for your Asian-themed summer grilling party.
Grilled vegetable skewers
Nothing is easier than slicing some vegetables and cooking them side by side with your yakitori.
These grilled vegetable skewers use zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers. But you can use anything you have in the fridge.
A personal favorite of mine is eggplant and pineapple.
Don’t forget to brush the skewers with some of your yakitori sauce before grilling them!
Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable.
You can eat it raw in salads (which would be great with yakitori!), grilled, or even as chips.
This is what this recipe from downshiftology suggests.
They season the chips with salt and pepper, but you can be creative here. Why not stick with the Japanese theme and toss them in togarashi or crushed seaweed?
When all you want is a plain, filling side, rice is the way to go.
But it doesn’t have to be boring.
Make this sticky coconut rice. The nutty flavor will work really well with the sweet, sticky sauce coating the yakitori.
I also like cilantro-lime rice, pilaf rice, sesame rice, or even egg-fried rice.
These delicate mushrooms are usually found in soups and ramen, or eaten raw in salads.
But they also make great pancakes.
These small pancakes won’t overwhelm your yakitori but will add some crunch and substance to the meal.
Enoki mushroom pancakes are best eaten right after frying, or they lose some of that wonderful crisp.
Japanese egg salad sandwich
Have you ever had high tea (or afternoon tea as they call it in England)?
Egg salad sandwiches are a must there.
These served with an array of yakitori would make the perfect Japanese-themed high tea.
And the tea would be green tea of course!
Shokupan, or soft milk bread, is the best bread for this Tamago Sando. You can find it in Japanese stores or make it from scratch if you’re feeling brave.
Roasted Asian vegetable medley
In a rush?
Quickly take a look in your fridge and see what vegetables you have.
Season them with some Asian flavors (soy sauce and sesame oil) so they match the yakitori, then put them in the oven.
In no time at all, you’ll have a yummy side and a clean fridge.
Don’t miss out on this 20-minute recipe from Creme De La Crumb.
Veggie lettuce wraps
A meaty dish like yakitori needs a vegetable side like these veggie lettuce wraps.
Fresh-tasting and nutritious, there is so much good stuff going on with this salad.
There’s the crunchy peanut, thick chili, peppery fragrant hoisin sauce, buttery avocado, and chewy vermicelli noodles.
You can even add yakitori slices to the lettuce wrap like a spring roll if you want!
Vegetable chow mein noodles
Vegetable chow mein noodles are great for a quick weeknight meal.
You can rustle them up in less than 20 minutes, and use up any nearly-wilted veggies you have in your fridge.
The yakitori will add protein and make sure no one goes hungry.
Psst… the leftovers might be even more delicious than the dinner.
Check out Cupful of Kale for the recipe.
Spicy cucumber salad
Liven up your yakitori by serving this Thai-inspired spicy cucumber salad on the side.
This quick and easy side comes together in one bowl and is a perfect addition to any summer meal.
You only need a few ingredients, and it looks great! Perfect for the #gram.
Not a fan of peanuts? You can either leave them off or replace them with slivered almonds.
The best side dishes for yakitori
- Rainbow carrot sesame salad
- Grilled vegetable skewers
- Zucchini crisps
- Coconut rice
- Enoki pancakes
- Japanese egg salad sandwich
- Roasted Asian vegetable medley
- Veggie lettuce wraps
- Vegetable chow mein noodles
- Spicy cucumber salad
What To Serve With Yakitori
- 1 portion yakitori
- Prepare your yakitori according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: rainbow carrot sesame salad, grilled vegetable skewers, zucchini crisps, coconut rice, enoki pancakes, Japanese egg salad sandwich, roasted Asian vegetable medley, veggie lettuce wraps, vegetable chow mein noodles, and spicy cucumber salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!