Beef Tataki

Beef Tataki
Jacques Gavard


  •   Sunflower oil
  • skirt steak
  • 3/4 Ounces  cooked beets
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 5 Teaspoons  mirin*
  • 2 Tablespoons  sake
  • drops sesame oil
  • scallion, chopped finely
  • 1 Tablespoon  toasted sesame seeds
  •  Pinch of  Sichuan pepper
  • 10  Krisprolls®, warmed, or small slices toasted bread

This is a classic Japanese appetizer that will appeal to many fans of sashimi. This simple preparation highlights the flavors of the meat, with a sauce made from cooked beets, soy sauce, and mirin; the nutty flavor of toasted sesame seeds; and a hint of heat from a pinch of Sichuan pepper.

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Heat a nonstick skillet with a drop of sunflower oil. When the skillet is very hot, sear the steak briefly on each side, so it remains rare. Place the cooked meat on paper towels and set aside in the refrigerator. Combine the beets with the soy sauce in the bowl of a food processor and blend. In a bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the mirin and add to the beets.

Transfer to a saucepan and cook gently for 1 minute over low heat to make a smooth sauce. Let cool, then add the sake and the sesame oil, whisking to keep the sauce smooth. Slice the meat finely and place in a serving dish, then combine with a little sauce and the chopped scallion. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and the Sichuan pepper. Serve the tataki, chilled, with warmed Krisprolls® or slices toasted of country bread.


*Note: Mirin is a fermented rice alcohol that is less strong in taste than sake and sometimes has a plum flavor. It is widely available in Asian grocery stores.


Calories per serving:

405 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 75g 115%
  • Carbs 119g 40%
  • Saturated 24g 118%
  • Fiber 11g 42%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 33g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 104g 208%
  • Cholesterol 252mg 84%
  • Sodium 2,624mg 109%
  • Calcium 407mg 41%
  • Magnesium 230mg 58%
  • Potassium 1,625mg 46%
  • Iron 16mg 88%
  • Zinc 27mg 178%
  • Phosphorus 978mg 140%
  • Vitamin A 33µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 8%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 76%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 98%
  • Niacin (B3) 32mg 161%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 100%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 230µg 57%
  • Vitamin B12 10µg 159%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 34%
  • Vitamin K 48µg 60%
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