Beef Tataki

Beef Tataki
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Beef Tataki

Jacques Gavard

Beef Tataki

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 19g 29%
  • Carbs 30g 10%
  • Saturated 6g 29%
  • Fiber 3g 11%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 8g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 26g 52%
  • Cholesterol 63mg 21%
  • Sodium 656mg 27%
  • Calcium 102mg 10%
  • Magnesium 58mg 14%
  • Potassium 406mg 12%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 7mg 44%
  • Phosphorus 244mg 35%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 25%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 40%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 25%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 57µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 40%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 12µg 15%
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