On Thursday nights, hubby and I often dine out at a local restaurant that features a wasabi-seared steak. Today, I tried my hand at creating the dish at home.
I dusted two top sirloin steaks with wasabi and pepper. Grilled them till medium, and sprinkled them with sea salt as they were resting. I made a wasabi "sauce" from thinned wasabi powder. I also reduced balsamic vinegar and soy sauce to a near caramel state. I drizzled both sauces over the steak and added a cucumber salad dressed with sesame seeds, chili paste, and rice wine vinegar on the side.
And the other side dish, grilled garlic potatoes, is where I veered away from Asian flavors. (Who doesn't love meat and potatoes, anyway?) The potatoes made a nice accompaniment to the steak and cucumbers and didn't detract from or clash with the other flavors on the plate. Next time, I might try a nice dish of brown rice with scallions for a change of pace.