Niku Maki Pork Wrapped Vegetable Rolls

Niku Maki Pork Wrapped Vegetable Rolls

  • Serves 2-3
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Enjoy an unusual but highly delicious Japanese finger food with this recipe for pork and vegetable niku maki. Made with thin slices of juicy pork, vegetables, and sesame miso dip, these rolled up tubes are kind of like a low-carbohydrate version of spring rolls. Great as a bento item, party finger food or meze style main, it’s equally delicious made ahead or enjoyed straight from the pan.


thinly sliced pork
green beans
1/4 finely battoned carrot
3 tbsp ground white sesame
3 tbsp miso paste
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1.5 tsp cooking sake

How To Prepare

  1. Peel your carrot and cut into thin battons, and chop the green beans in half. You’ll want one green bean per roll, so depending on the size of the pork you’re using, it may be easier to leave them whole and chop the niku maki in half after it’s cooked.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the miso paste, sugar, sesame oil, ground sesame and cooking sake. Baste the sauce on to one side of the pork slices.

  3. If you want to enjoy your niku maki right now: pop the carrots and green beans in the microwave with a sprinkle of water for about 30 seconds or until tender. Then leave to cool. If you want to freeze your niku maki and eat later you can skip this step.

  4. Place a handful of the carrots and a green bean at one end of the pork and roll them up. It’s generally easier to work from the wider end to the narrower end depending on your pork cut.

  5. Warm some oil in a frying pan, add the rolls, then cook for 3-4 minutes and until golden brown all over.

Tips and Information

• To cook from frozen: Put in a heatproof bowl and cover with wrap, then microwave for 2.5-3 minutes (600W). Turn the rolls over, then re-cover and heat for a further 1-1.5 minutes.

• You can leave the mixed sauce until the last moment and add in the frying pan when the rolls are sealed.