ya·​ki·​to·​ri ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce yakitori (audio)
: bite-size marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Sichuan Pepper Pigeon is prepared in two ways – its thighs are cooked to crispy perfection in the Cantonese style, while the breast is given the Japanese yakitori treatment – skewered and grilled. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 23 Mar. 2023 At Sumiya Bento, customers can build a yakitori bento box from a range of skewered and grilled meats, like pork belly or tsukune (chicken meatballs), plus rice and sides. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Today the same can be said of Japanese yakitori. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 July 2022 Yoko Kumano of Umami Mart in Oakland, Calif., recommends yakitori with warm sake. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023 At the center of the space was a yakitori grill where chef ATS (a former DJ and breakdancer) creates magic. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 24 Feb. 2023 Mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets will come as standard, while their dining options will include Japanese teppanyaki and yakitori, as well as secluded dining on a private sandbank for the ultimate in romance. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 The Asian dishes include Korean fried cauliflower, yakitori chicken, pork belly and kimchi bowls. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2021 Bar Oni will offer a variety of Japanese bar foods, including yakitori and other skewered meats and vegetables, which can be grilled or deep fried. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 12 June 2020 See More

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Word History


Japanese, grilled chicken, from yaki broil, roast + tori bird

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yakitori was in 1962

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“Yakitori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yakitori. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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