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..Steak Donburi with Wasabi Butter sauce.

I wouldn't describe myself as a big meat eater but every now and again I do like to indulge in a good steak. One of my favourite ways of eating steak is like this. The recipe is as easy as you like. I use a couple of good quality rump steaks, pat dry and then season with salt and pepper. The steaks get a 4 minute fry (2 minutes each side) in a tbsp of olive oil (each ) to medium rare. Once the steak is out of the pan to rest, I add some soy sauce to the juices and stir in, then set the pan aside. Then, I mix some wasabi with a knob of softened butter in a small bowl and set that aside also. (I use "instant" wasabi from a tube as I find this is more powerful than raw wasabi and suits the dish better than the milder, fresh version.) Next, I take one spring onion and finely chop. Once the steak has rested, I slice and cut into diamonds, then return to the frying pan (no heat this time) and give the steak a good coating with the juices. The next step is to fill two bowls with a generous helping of steamed white Japanese rice. Then, lay the steak diamonds over the rice. Once the donburi bowls are ready, I sprinkle with the chopped spring onion. Finally, (this is the ingredient that takes this dish to another level taste-wise) I pop the wasabi butter into the microwave on high for about 10 seconds to soften it, then spoon it over the spring onion and steak. This dish makes a substantial lunch or satisfying dinner. It's easy, quick and as I said above, rather indulgent - but we all need a little indulgence now and again, don't we?

If this is the sort of cooking that floats your culinary boat, you can click on Steak Donburi for the Youtube tutorial or scroll to the bottom of the page. You can find the recipe ingredients and "how to" instructions below.

Happy eating! Kurumi XXXX.



(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients for 1 serving:

2 spring onions, rinsed

2 sirloin steak (approx. 200g each)

1 sheet of kitchen paper

salt & pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

40g butter

15 - 20g of wasabi paste from a tube (according to how hot you want the wasabi butter to taste)

2 tbsp soy sauce

400g cooked rice


how to:

slice the spring onions very thinly and set a side for your topping

pat dry each steak with a square or two of kitchen paper. season well with salt & pepper on both sides

combine the butter and the wasabi in a small bowl. mix, then set aside

heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and let it get hot. add your steak and fry for 2 mins. then, turn over it and fry for a further 2 mins

remove the steak to a plate to rest. repeat with steak #2. (or, of course, you can fry both steaks together if you have a big enough pan!)

when both steaks are ready, add 2 tbsp of soy sauce to the pan. turn off the heat immediately and stir (you don't want the soy sauce to burn as this will spoil the flavour).

slice the steaks into 1 cm strips, then cut into diamond shape. return each steak to the pan (with the heat off) and give the ieces a good coating with the sauce

plate up two large bowls with fresh rice. arrange the steak pieces over the rice in a nice pattern. spoon /12 of the chopped spring onion into the cente of each bowl. last, pop the wasabi butter into the microwave to make it nice and runny, then spoon or drizzle the butter over the steaks

your steak donburi with wasabi butter is now ready to serve


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