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Japanese Steak Salad with Onion sauce.

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Japanese style grilled sirloin steak served with onion sauce on a bed of broccoli and tomato sald by kurumicooks easy delicious healthy Japanese Asian and Fusion cooking for your kitchen

Japan and beef have an interesting history. For centuries, the eating of beef (along with most other meats) was prohibited in Japan - in the years before mechanisation this made great sense - livestock such as oxen performed a lot of tasks, so killing them for food just wasn't feasible. Second, Japan's landmass is 80% mountains so again, raising animals on pasture wasn't an option either. But attitudes and technology changed and so did Japanese eating habits.

Steak remained (and to an extent remains) a great luxury in Japan - so when it is eaten, the emphasis is on quality and taste rather than quantity.

I like to think my recipe for steak salad ticks those particular boxes - the steak is pan fried to medium rare, sliced and partnered with a sweet, sticky Japanese onion sauce. It's served up with a healthy salad of spinach, broccoli, peppers and tomatoes - all in all, a healthy, tasty way to enjoy good beef.

You can find the Youtube tutorial by clicking Japanese Steak salad and onion sauce hJapanese Onion sauce or scroll down to the bottom of the page. The written recipes are just below.

Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.

If you wish to partner this with another Japanese dish, why not try my Aubergine in a spicy Soy marinade.


Japanese Steak salad with Onion sauce


(2 servings)

70g baby spinach

80g stem broccoli

70g yellow pepper

80g baby tomatoes

50g peeled red onion

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 sirloin steaks

Japanese onion sauce:

110g peeled onion

30g peeled carrot

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp vegetable oil

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp mirin


how to:

finely slice the onion then soak in water for 15mins (changing the water once)

finely slice the pepper

halve the tomatoes

blanche the stem broccoli in boiling water for 2 mins

heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and fry the steaks for 1 min each side over a high heat

turn the steaks over, reduce the heat to medium and fry for 3 mins each side

mix all the vegetables together in a bowl and divide the salad between your two plates

to make the onion sauce:

thinnly slice the garlic, carrot & onion

heat the oil in a pan and stir-fry the garlic, carrot & onion over a medium heat for 3 mins

add the soy sauce, mirin, cooking sake & vinegar and simmer for 3 mins

put it in a blender and blend well - your onion sauce is ready

slice the steaks into 1cm strips and place on the salad

pour the japanese onion sauce over the steaks and serve


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