This Asian Steak is outrageously good yet ridiculously simple. A magical 5 ingredient Asian Steak sauce inspired by the great Tetsuya that will have you doing the happy dance and licking the plate – possibly both at the same time!
This is the sort of dish that posh modern Asian restaurants charge a small fortune for. And it’s on the table in 15 minutes!
If you haven’t tried an Asian steak before, you’re missing out! Here in Australia, Asian steaks are often a signature dish at modern Asian restaurants. A small piece of high quality, juicy, super tasty Aussie beef steak served with a sauce loaded with umami*, Asian style steak sauces have become all the rage in the culinary world – with good reason. Because, quite simply, they are so darn good (and so darn easy to make). ☺️
Just like with Western steak sauces, you can get real fancy with Asian Steak sauces, using gourmet ingredients. But you can also make unbelievably fancy tasting Asian Steak sauces using just a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry if you regularly make Asian food. It’s just about knowing which ones to use and how to use them. When done right, the sauce is the perfect partner to the delicious flavours of steak – yumm!!
And today I have for you an Asian Steak served with a Japanese butter sauce which is inspired by Tetsuya, a famous Japanese-Australian Chef and a personal idol.☺️
*Food nerd alert: Umami is the 5th taste sensation along with sweet, salty, sour and bitterness, it means savouriness. So, for example, a stir fry sauce made with just soy sauce tastes flat and bland. Add oyster sauce, sugar and cooking wine and voila! We have a simple stir fry sauce that tastes fab with plenty of umami!
For me, weekends are about foods cooked loooong and sloooow, like Guinness Stew and Ragu. But during the week, I dig into my arsenal of fast recipes. And regular readers know that just because something is quick to cook, it doesn’t mean compromising on flavour and quality. You can make incredible meals in 15 minutes just by being clever with the cuts you pick – quick-cook cuts of beef (such as tenderloin, rump or sirloin) that benefit from just a few minutes on a hot pan are ideal!
And honestly, let’s face it. Steaks make people happy.
Certainly makes me happy. ❤️
Today’s recipe is all about the way both the sauce, served with a small but high quality piece of beef steak, perfectly compliment each other – that’s the Asian way! ??I used a beautiful tenderloin from my local butcher. <– Smaller piece of a better steak!
And don’t forget great value secondary cuts like flank, skirt, bavette / sirloin tip (read more about that in my Steak Sandwich recipe, I’m obsessed!). These cuts are “all the rage” at the moment, prized for their flavour. For better value cuts like these, serve them in slices, cut across the grain, so every mouthful is incredibly tender.
I rang my mother earlier today to tell her about this recipe, and when I told her what was in the sauce, she immediately said “that’s a classic Japanese combination”. Soy sauce, Mirin and Japanese sake is the flavour base of this sauce which is like the holy trinity of Japanese cooking.
Just combine these with butter and watch in amazement as it transforms in less than 1 minute into a glossy thickened sauce. Add a touch of garlic and/or ginger, a bit of shallots or chives if you have it, pour it over the steak and be prepared to swoon at your first bite.
Food so good, you’ll want to do the jiggy. <– Though you do not want to see me do that!!??????
I really hope you try this one day! – Nagi x
PS To serve a larger group, make this with a beef tenderloin instead of individual steaks and serve the sauce on the side. Just ensure you make the sauce using the same skillet the tenderloin is browned in and make it while it is resting. Full directions in the recipe!
PPS My mother “owns” the Japanese recipe space now that she has her blog RecipeTin Japan, but I’m still “permitted” to do modern Japanese recipes like this one!!
An incredible Asian Steak recipe, with a simple yet stunning sauce inspired by the great Tetsuya, a highly regarded Japanese-Australian chef. Make this with small pieces of high quality beef steak! See notes for my tips on FREEZING rice - so handy to have on standby for quick meals!
- 2 beef tenderloin steaks, around 150g/5oz each (Note 1)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil (or other neutral cooking oil)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce, all purpose (Note 2)
- 2 tbsp Mirin (Note 3)
- 3 tbsp cooking sake (Note 3)
- 45g/3tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp ginger, minced (can exclude)
- 3 tsp shallots/scallions (green part) or chives, finely chopped
Take the steak out of the fridge 20 minutes prior to cooking (or 10 minutes if it's a stinking hot summer day).
Combine soy sauce, Mirin and sake in a small bowl.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat until smoking. Add steak and cook to your liking. Mine were 150g/5oz each and 3cm/1.25" thick and I cooked it 3 minutes on the 1st side and 2 minutes on the second side for medium rare.
Transfer steak onto a plate and cover loosely with foil. Rest for 5 minutes.
Let the skillet cool down a bit then return to the stove over medium high heat. Add Sauce and bring to simmer, then add butter. When the butter melts and is incorporated into the sauce, immediately remove it from the stove.
Stir through garlic, ginger and 2 tsp of shallots (reserve rest for garnish), the sauce should be slightly thickened (if not, keep stirring, thickens more as it cools).
Place steak on plates and spoon over sauce. I served the steaks with finely shredded cabbage without dressing (very typical Japanese side) and white rice, plus some edamame on the side.
1. This recipe is intended to be made with a small piece of good quality steak because that's the way "it's done" at contemporary Asian restaurants!
I used 2 tenderloin steaks that were about 3cm/1.25" thick. Any quality beef steak will be ideal for this - though the sauce is so good, it will go with any cut of steak suitable for grilling. For example, you could use flank/skirt/bavette/flat iron or any quick grilling cut, slice it against the grain then drizzle this sauce over it.
I don't use wagyu because it's so rich as it is, it really doesn't need a sauce!
2. This recipe requires an all purpose soy sauce, so not light or dark soy sauce. I use Kikkoman. If you only have light soy sauce, decrease to 2 1/2 teaspoons. I don't recommend dark soy sauce, the flavour is too strong and will dominate the sauce too much.
Low sodium soy sauce is also fine.
3. Mirin is a Japanese rice wine that is sweet. It's key ingredient in Japanese cooking. Japanese sake is a rice wine that is also an essential in Japanese cooking. In Australia, both are readily available nowadays, sold at all major supermarkets like Woolies and Coles. I do not know of a suitable substitution for Mirin for this recipe. Sake can be substituted with a dry sherry or even Chinese cooking wine.
4. If you are unable to consume alcohol, unfortunately I can't offer non alcoholic substitutions for Mirin and Sake, they are both essential ingredients in this recipe. 🙁
5. To make this for a crowd, I would use a piece of beef tenderloin (i.e. a long one, not individual steaks). Brown all over in a skillet then transfer to baking tray and roast to your taste (please use a meat thermometer!) at 180C/350F. Then rest for at least 8 minutes, loosely covered in foil. Make the sauce in the skillet you used to brown the tenderloin while it is resting. Slice tenderloin then serve with sauce.
6. Freezing rice - yes you can! I keep single serve bags and containers in my freezer that I can just pop into the microwave. Medium and short grain rice works best because they are stickier than long grain rice (frozen long grain is perfect for fried rice). Just add a tiny sprinkle of water and reheat in the microwave from frozen, it only takes about 2 minutes from frozen for a single serving size.
Asian Steak recipe video!
Asian steak nutrition per serving, assuming all the sauce is consumed (and it’s so good, you will lick the plate!).
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Can you just imagine the thoughts running through that furry head seeing those juicy beef steaks…..???
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