Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Teriyaki beef

This is one of those dishes that I like to do for weekday dinners, when there really isn't much time to faff around after getting home from work. I always tend to get really hungry at around 5.30pm or 6pm, just when I am cooking, and quick is always better when my tummy is rumbling. (Have I mentioned that I get grumpy when hungry?)

I tend to marinate the meat in the morning just before leaving the house, so that the meat can be tenderised and it is all ready to go into the wok when I get home. This goes particularly well with a bowl of rice, and a side dish of vegetables, like the simple broccoli and baby corn stir fry at the back of the picture.

Beef teriyaki


Ingredients (serve 2):

350g beef sirloin, thinly sliced
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sake
2 tsp sugar
Oil for cooking
4 tbsp water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

1. Marinate the sliced beef in light soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar. Leave in the fridge overnight or through the day.
2. Heat a large frying pan or wok on medium-high heat. Add the oil. When hot, add the beef and stir fry quickly to prevent the meat from burning and to cook the pieces evenly. When the beef is 80 per cent cooked, dish out and set aside.
3. Add water and additional 1 tsp of sugar to the reserve marinade, stir to mix and pour into the hot wok. Heat and stir the mixture, boiling it until it starts to reduce and thicken.
4. Turn off the heat. Add the beef back to the wok and stir well to coat with the thickened sauce. Dish out onto a serving plate, garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve.

13 comments:

Jules said...

I really like the sound of this. It looks like a perfect weekday meal.

Sally said...

This looks lovely. I've got all the marinade ingredients too so I'll definitely be making this very soon!

The Cooking Ninja said...

mmm ... yummy. I love teriyaki beef but i never got it right. :)

Erika said...

This looks great, I love your blog!

mycookinghut said...

The beef looks great!

tigerfish said...

Looks moist, tender and juicy..

Nilmandra said...

Jules: I do love cooking this on a weekday.

Sally: It's so useful to have a well stocked cupboard. Have fun!

Cooking Ninja: Maybe it's just a matter of taste :) The proportion of sugar and soy sauce varies with different recipes anyway.

Erika: Thanks!

My Cooking Hut: More importantly, taste good too :)

Tigerfish: One of the earliest things I learned to do (and took me a while) was not to overcook meat. Makes all the difference!

Kevin said...

That beef teriyaki looks really tasty!

Elsye said...

I really looveee teriyaki beef, simple and delicious :D

Nilmandra said...

Kevin: Thanks, we love them!

Elsye: Exactly! :D And even better now that I can buy ready sliced beef, that is thinner than I could slice myself.

Anonymous said...

HI just wonder if you have ever tried adding fresh ginger juice to the marinade sauce. The ginger sauce will give extra aroma to the teriyaki!!

BTW , love your roasted pork!!

Sydney Hotels said...

Thanks for this recipe. I've been longing to cook teriyaki because this is my kids favorite.

Nilmandra said...

Sydney Hotels: Most kids do like teriyaki because it is savoury and sweet. Hope they like this recipe!

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