Teriyaki Steak at Home
I love this photo. It makes me want to eat this teriyaki steak all over again.
Don't you love it when you make something that you know is good, and you feed it to someone who has their doubts (because that's just how they are, they doubt everything), and their eyes light up and they get a big smile on their face right after the first bite?
That was my mother and father after biting into this teriyaki steak.
Cut Across the Grain for Tender Teriyaki Steak
Flank steak is naturally tough, but the combination of marinating it in this homemade teriyaki marinade of mirin, sake, and soy sauce, along with a fast sear on high heat, and then cutting thin slices against the grain, makes for a juicy, tender presentation.
Making Teriyaki Marinade Into a Glaze
Please note that if you are concerned by the idea of reusing the marinade after the raw steak has been sitting in it, you will be boiling the heck out of this marinade, killing anything that may have decided to grow in it during the marinating process.
If you are still concerned, make twice as much marinade, and reserve half to boil down to make the sauce, using the other half as a marinade.
Sourcing Teriyaki Marinade Ingredients
The liquid part of this marinade is a 1:1:1 ratio of mirin rice wine, sake, and soy sauce. You probably know where the soy sauce is in your grocery store and may even have it in your kitchen already. But, you may need some assistance tracking the other two down.
Sake is a fermented and brewed Japanese alcoholic beverage, often referred to as rice wine. If your grocery store sells alcohol, you may be able to buy it there. Otherwise, you'll need to buy this at a wine or liquor store.
Mirin is a sweet, low alcohol rice wine. Look for it in the Asian food aisle.If it's not there, look for it wherever you get wine and spirits in your neighborhood.
How to Serve Beef Teriyaki
Once you have your teriyaki steak cooked perfectly and thinly sliced, try serving it one of these ways.
- Over white or brown rice
- Over egg noodles
- With steamed broccoli
- In a sandwich
Teriyaki Steak Sides
- Spinach with Sesame and Garlic
- Long-Grain Rice
- Charred Skillet Broccoli
- Easy Vegetable Low Mein
- Cauliflower Rice
You can either pan-fry or grill this teriyaki steak, either way, you'll want to sear it on very high heat. If pan frying, I recommend using a large cast iron frying pan or griddle pan.
- 1/3 cup mirin rice wine
- 1/3 cup sake
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (if cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak or skirt steak
- Olive oil or canola oil
Marinate the steak:
Combine the mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar, and grated ginger in a large, shallow bowl.
Place the steak in the marinade and let marinate for at least an hour, and up to 48 hours.
If marinating for more than an hour, keep chilled until an hour before you plan to cook.
Boil the marinade:
When ready to cook, remove steak from marinade, reserving the marinade. Place steak on a plate and set aside.
Place marinade in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, or until the marinade has reduced to a thin glaze, becoming your teriyaki sauce.
Grill or fry the steak:
If grilling the steak, prepare your grill for high, direct heat and oil the grill grates. If pan frying, heat a large cast iron pan on high heat.
Pat dry the steak. Rub a little olive oil all over it. Place the steak on the hot grill or pan. Sear for 3 to 5 minutes on one side, or until the side is well browned, and turn the steak over and sear the other side.
Baste the steak with teriyaki sauce.
Let the steak rest:
When the steak is well seared on both sides, remove from the heat, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Slice the steak:
Notice the direction of the grain of the steak (the striations in the muscle fibers of the steak). Slice the steak in half, following the grain of the steak so that you are slicing along the grain. (This will make it easier to make cuts across the grain.)
Then make thin slices (1/4-inch) across the grain and on a slight diagonal. Slicing this way will break up the muscle fibers, making this naturally tough cut of meat quite tender.
If there are juices that run out of the steak as you cut it, add the juices to the teriyaki sauce. There's lots of goodness in the steak "jus" that you don't want to waste.
Arrange on a serving plate and pour the remaining teriyaki sauce over it.