Tataki is a typical Japanese preparation in which beef or fish is seared on the outside, left very rare inside, thinly sliced and served with a citrusy soy sauce. In this version, a springy salad of crisp radishes and carrot matchsticks combined with sliced onion provides textural contrast to the flavorful steak. Serve this dish over a bed of buckwheat soba noodles to make it a meal.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place radishes (or daikon), carrot and onion in a medium bowl. Cover with cold water and let soak for 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, scallions and ginger in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the mixture to the drained vegetables and toss. Set aside the remaining sauce.

  • Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes, then thinly slice and serve with the vegetables, drizzled with the reserved sauce.


Note: Daikon is a long, white radish; it can be found in Asian groceries and most natural-foods stores.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 23.7g 48% DV; carbohydrates 8.5g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 3.2g; fat 6.9g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 59.2mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 5380.9IU 108% DV; vitamin c 12.2mg 20% DV; folate 29.5mcg 7% DV; calcium 43.1mg 4% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 34.8mg 12% DV; potassium 535.1mg 15% DV; sodium 759.3mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV.

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Rating: 3 stars
Glutenfree soba-noodles? I want to point out that most of the soba-noodles in store has been made using not only buckwheat but also wheat. If you have celiac and therefore following gluteenfree diet please be aware. If someone can tell me where to buy 100% buckwheat soba-noodles I would love to know! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great flavor and texture I loved this dish! The combination of ginger and lemon/soy are so fabulous! The steak is tender and when sliced thin is the perfect addition. I doubled the carrot/radish/onion mixture and made it more like a salad with beef on top. It's perfect for two as a light main meal. I also made more of the soy/lemon drizzle. Will add this to my recipe rotation! Next time I will make some Asian noodles to throw in the salad bowl! So good! Pros: Yummy flavors and lots of crunch Cons: Prep time for making match stick carrots and radishes Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Soy Sauce is not Gluten Free This is listed under the 7 day GF diet plan. Soy sauce is not GF. You can substitute coconut aminos or tamari (a GF version of soy sauce). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A great dish to test your cooking skills Read More