Kushi-age: Japanese deep-fried kebab

By Yoshi, January 30, 2011

“Kushi-age” (くしあげ, 串揚げ) is Japanese deep-fried Kebab. In Japanese, “Kushi” (くし, 串) means skewers (mainly made of bamboo) and “Age” (あげ, 揚げ) means “deep-fried”. It’s also called “Kushi-kastu” in the “Kansai” region around Osaka.

“Kushi-age” can be made with chicken, pork, seafood, and seasonal vegetables. These are skewered on bamboo kushi; dipped in egg, flour, and bread crumbs; and deep-fried in oil. They are served with BBQ sauce and salt.

There are many “Kushi-age” restaurants. This is a “Kushi-age” restaurant, “Minka” (みんか, 民家) in Ebisu, Tokyo.
Minka’s website (in Japanese)

What is inside?

Potato and bacon with Japanese basil :)

Coturnix japonica’s eggs

Salmon and Salmon’s eggs with tartar sauce, one of the most popular “Kushiage” at this restaurant.


We can enjoy “Sashimi” and “Yakitori” and many foods as well!

Enjoy “Kushi-age” :)