Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beef Tataki

Beef tataki is my favorite dish to order in a Japanese restaurant.  The beef is seasoned and seared briefly much like ahi tuna, then served with ponzu dressing and sesame seeds.  I recreated this dish in my home (as seen above), and I was pretty happy with what I had.

  • 1 lb. beef tenderloin or strip or flat iron steak
  • Soy sauce
  • Ponzu (citrus soy sauce/dressing)
  • Shiso or perilla leaves
  • Snipped chives
  1. Marinate the beef in soy sauce overnight or for a couple of hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator for about 20 minutes before cooking.
  3. Heat a pan on high with canola spray.
  4. After hot, about 5 minutes, add the beef and brown on all sides just until cooked on the outside, leaving the inside rare.
  5. Let rest for 15 minutes, then slice thinly and serve with the shiso or perilla leaf.  Top the meat with sesame seeds.  Add chives to the ponzu dressing and serve all together.


  1. This looks lovely, and I think it might be the tastiest sounding tenderloin recipe I've seen. Great pictures!

  2. Thank you! The first time I ever had this dish was at Sekisui when they first opened! They have changed the presentation several times over the years, though. I researched the recipe, and now I'm glad I can make it at home!

  3. Wow! I'm left out of words! It looks really nice! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!