• Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 35 m
Recipe by  Dot

“This traditional hot appetizer is always a crowd pleaser. Chicken livers and water chestnuts are marinated in a simple, savory sauce, then wrapped with bacon and fried.”

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Original recipe yields 24 rumaki



  1. In a medium bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce, garlic and ginger root. Place chicken livers and water chestnuts in the mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Wrap each half slice of bacon around one chicken liver half and a slice of water chestnut. Secure by skewering with small skewers or toothpicks.
  4. Carefully lower skewered wraps into the hot oil in small batches. Deep fry 3 to 4 minutes, or until bacon is evenly brown and of desired crispness. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

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It is not necessary to fry- put rumaki in 350 oven and bake until bacon is crisp. Saves calories and mess



My mom came up with an updated version of this traditional dish that is much more of a crowd pleaser. Even the picky eaters love it, and it's constantly requested. You marinate water chestnuts in the terriyaki-type sauce, then wrap in bacon and skewer with toothpicks to hold. Let the little bundles soak in the sauce for one hour, then bake slowly on a foil-covered broiler pan or cookie rack till the bacon is cooked through (about 45 min at 350). Broil carefully for 5 minutes to caramelize, and serve warm. These are the most requested dish she makes, and please many more people than the traditional version.



I make these frequently, but I've never used these seasonings; I usually just marinate in soy sauce, brown sugar and onion. But this was REALLY good. I don't use livers, just water chestnuts. And a tip for lowering the fat: You can also bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. They come out just as good.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 259 cal
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Carbs
  • 6.1 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 10.1 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 1633 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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