Steak Style Seared Beef For Hanami Bentos

Steak Style Seared Beef For Hanami Bentos

Seared beef rich with umami. Try this with a delicious sauce!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Beef fillet (block for tataki)
300-500 g
Salt and pepper
a small amount
Sliced garlic
To taste (1 to 3 cloves)
Oil (sesame + vegetable oil)
2 tablespoons
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
3 tablespoons
Steak sauce (or yakiniku sauce)
1 tablespoon


1. Choose a nice piece of meat that looks good (note: filet is often used). Season well with salt and pepper.
2. Heat some oil in a frying pan and immediately add the garlic. Be careful not to let it burn!
3. When the garlic is fragrant turn the heat up to high and add the beef. Sear the beef on all sides - you don't need to cook it through.
4. The garlic burns easily, so take it out of the pan before you turn the beef over. When the beef is about this browned, turn it over.
5. When you've browned all sides like this...
6. ...add the combined soy sauce, sugar, sake and steak sauce to the pan. Don't leave the meat in too long - take it out quickly.
7. After the meat has been taken out, bring the sauce to a boil to cook away the alcohol. Pour the sauce over the meat and add the garlic that you took out before.
8. When the meat has cooled down, put it sauce and all into a zip bag and seal tightly. The flavors will penetrate the meat.
9. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, and the umami-filled seared beef is done. Slice very thinly to serve!

Story Behind this Recipe

This is one of my favorite party menu items.
Whenever seared beef (tataki) is served at restaurants it comes with ponzu sauce, but I made my own original slightly sweet soy sauce based sauce for this.