Tender diced beef steak cooked in garlic infused oil and topped with grated daikon and ponzu soy sauce. This Garlic Saikoro Steak is the sort of dish that restaurants charge a small fortune for. Now with this recipe, making a fabulous steak dinner at home is much easier than you think!
Saikoro Steak (サイコロステーキ) is a popular izakaya (Japanese tapas style) dish. The cubes of tenderloin are quickly pan fried on high heat until medium rare, then seasoned with a refreshing citrus soy sauce called Ponzu sauce, and finally served with grated daikon.
What does “saikoro” mean? It actually means “dice”. The steak pieces are sliced into cube shapes like dice.
Watch How to Make Saikoro Steak
When you wish for a steak dinner, make this Garlic Saikoro Steak. Tender diced beef steak cooked in garlic infused oil and topped with grated daikon and ponzu soy sauce.
The inspiration for this Saikoro Steak recipe came from one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in San Mateo, CA – Ginji. Since they recently stopped serving the dish, I thought it would be fun to post a recipe here. This is an extremely easy Japanese steak recipe to make and perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
Before you leave for work in the morning, simply set a timer on your rice cooker to cook the rice before you get home. When do get home, straightaway make miso soup and your favorite salad. This steak doesn’t need to be marinated, so all you need to do is to cook it right before you eat.
But is this Saikoro Steak flavorful enough? Of course! The combination of ponzu, grated daikon, and fried golden garlic chips is simply mind blowing. Slightly bitter daikon and citrusy ponzu sauce awaken the palate while the savory fried garlic chips and tender meat satisfy to the last bite.
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- ¾ lb tenderloin steak (at room temperature)
- kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; use half for table salt)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 inch daikon radish
- 1 ½ Tbsp neutral-flavored oil (vegetable, rice bran, canola, etc)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp sake (can substitute it with dry sherry or Chinese rice wine)
- Gather all the ingredients. A stainless steel pan or cast iron pan is recommended for this recipe as steaks are required to cook on high heat. Most non-stick pans are not designed for use at high heat.
- Cut off the top 2" (5 cm) of daikon (green part is sweeter while it gets bitter toward the bottom) and peel the skin.
- Grate the daikon. Drain the liquid from the grated daikon and set aside.
- Slice the garlic and green onion.
- Trim off the fat and tendons from the steak and cut into 1 to 1 1/2" (2.5-3.5 cm) cubes.
- Season the steak with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a large stainless steel frying pan or cast iron pan over medium heat. Fry the sliced garlic until the slices are golden brown. Reduce the heat if necessary so garlic slices do not burn. Transfer the garlic slices to a paper towel to drain excess oil. Keep the garlic infused oil in the pan.
- Heat the oil over high heat until it begins to smoke. Pat dry the steak with a paper towel and place it in the pan in a single layer. Cook the steak until browned, about 1 minute. Don't move the steak until the bottom browns and releases on its own. Flip the steak over to continue cooking the other side till nicely browned. To prevent oil splatter, you can use this oil splatter guard.
- Pour the sake and shake the pan to evenly distribute the wine in the pan. Then transfer to a plate if you like medium-rare steak. For a medium steak, continue cooking for 1 more minute.
- To serve, place the garlic slices, grated daikon, and chopped green onion on top of the steak. Garnish with Korean chili threads. Pour ponzu sauce over the grated daikon before serving.
- You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2 days and in the freezer for a month.