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Beef Tataki

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Beef Tataki

Cold Japanese beef salad. I used beef tenderloin to make it super tender.

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Beef Tataki


2 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed
Tablespoons oil
Cup Soy sauce (marinade)
Cup mirin or rice vinegar (marinade)
Scallions sliced thin (marinade)
Tablespoons Brown sugar (marinade)
Lemon Zest and juice (marinade)
Tablespoons Ginger, grated (marinade)
Cloves Garlic (marinade)
Heads bok choy (salad)
Scallions minced (salad)
Daikon Radish Chopped (salad)
Cucumber Chopped (salad)
Handful Sprouts (salad garnish)
Handful chives (salad garnish)
Cup Soy sauce (dressing)
Cup mirin or rice vinegar (dressing)
Tablespoon brown sugar (dressing)
Lemon zest and juice (dressing)


  • 1 Prepare beef tenderloin by trimming off any large pieces of fat or tendon. If you're friendly, your butcher might do this for you. Season it well with salt and pepper.
  • 2 Add oil to a large heavy pan over high heat. Sear tenderloin for about 3 minutes per side until well browned.
  • 3 Add tenderloin to a roasting pan and roast for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 120-125 degrees (for medium rare). Overcooking it is a very bad idea.
  • 4 Add marinade ingredients to a large plastic bag. Mix well. Once tenderloin is out of oven and cooled a bit, add to bag.
  • 5 Refrigerate tenderloin in marinade for at least 6 hours, but you could also do overnight. Turn it occasionally to make sure marinade is evenly covering the tenderloin.
  • 6 When ready to make the salad, dice salad ingredients and make a bed on each plate.
  • 7 Slice tenderloin very thinly using a sharp knife. 3-4 slices per salad is a good serving.
  • 8 Drizzle dressing over salad before serving and garnish with chives and sprouts.

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Beef Tataki  

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Besides cold cuts, not many Americans that eat cold beef. It's just not something that seems appealing to a majority of people.

But trust me. It can be one of the most delicious ways to prepare beef.

The Japanese have a fantastic method of preparing beef (they also use it for fish) called "Tataki" which results in thinly sliced, perfectly flavored layers of beef that can be served over any number of things.

The key to getting good results in this Beef Tataki Recipe is to not overcook the beef and to marinate it AFTER cooking it.

You can technically use a lot of different steak cuts for this dish. I think something like flank steak would work okay.

But if you really want to make the meal something special, beef tenderloin is the way to go. For those that don't know what beef tenderloin is, it's the large cut of meat that they make filet mignon out of. It's very tender (hence it's name) and has great flavor. It also happens to be pretty pricey. A two pound beef tenderloin will probably run you in the $35-$40 range.

But assuming you do get one, the goal should be not to mess it up!

To start off, season the tenderloin really well with salt and pepper.

Beef Tataki Recipe

Then put a large heavy pot over high heat and add a drizzle of oil to the pan. Sear the tenderloin for about 3 minutes per side so it's nice and browned around the outside. At this point the tenderloin is still basically raw on the inside.

Now you need to roast the tenderloin. This can be the scary part because this is when most people overcook it. Roast it at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes (assuming you have a 2 pound tenderloin). It's very important to use a meat thermometer to make sure you hit the right temperature in the center, which should be about 120-125 degrees for a nice medium rare.

For me, 25 minutes was perfect.

Beef Tataki Recipe

While your tenderloin roasts, prepare the marinade for the beef. You'll need these tasty things.

Beef Tataki Recipe

Zest the lemon and juice it. Grate the ginger. Mince up the garlic and scallions. Combine all of this with the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar in a large plastic bag and mush it around to mix everything well.

Then, once the tenderloin has cooled off a bit, add this to the bag!

Beef Tataki Recipe

That's right. We're marinating the tenderloin AFTER cooking it, which will keep the flavors in the marinade really bright and fresh.

Stick this in the fridge for at least six hours – overnight wouldn't be a bad idea.

When you're ready to slice it, use a sharp knife and you should see some beautiful medium rare slices.

Beef Tataki Recipe

You could serve this over a bunch of different veggies. I went with some bok choy, daikon radish, scallion, and cucumber. I also mixed up a quick dressing, a simpler version of the marinade.

You can dice your veggies however you want. I just roughly chopped up everything.

Beef Tataki Recipe

Then top the salad with some beef slices, add a bit of dressing, and garnish it with some chives and sprouts!

Beef Tataki Recipe

This is a pretty unique meal that most people haven't had. The flavors are really bright and fresh. It would be perfect on a hot summer day!

Plus, if you can get through the tenderloin roasting without overcooking it, it's a pretty easy dish to make.

Nick thinks that The Tenderloins would be a cool name for a band. Check out his blog at Macheesmo and his Tablespoon profile.
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