• Sesame oil gives dishes depth, like this these soy beef lollipops. (Ainsley's Market Menu)Source: Ainsley's Market Menu

Transform a plain fillet steak into these flavour-packed grilled beef lollipops. Wrap in cos lettuce leaves with a squeeze of lemon to serve. 






Skill level

Average: 4.8 (172 votes)


  • 500 g fillet steak, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 40 g (¼ cup) white sesame seeds
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 lemon or lime, thinly sliced


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 40 g (¼ cup) sesame seeds

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


1. For the marinade, whisk together all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined and the sugar has dissolved. Check for flavour and adjust accordingly- the marinade should have a nice balance of salty, sweet and sour. Add the beef to the marinade and combine well.

2. Thread 4-5 pieces of beef onto each skewer and set aside on a plate. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, reserving 1 teaspoon for serving, the drizzle with a little olive oil.

3. Heat a large frying pan or chargrill pan over a medium-high heat. Sear the skewers on all sides, then continue to cook, turning occasionally for 2-3 minutes or until cooked to your liking.

Place the beef lollipops on a platter with the cos lettuce leaves for wrapping. Sprinkle with the reserved sesame seeds and serve with lemon or lime slices.


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