3 Easy Recipes for Tasty Japanese Wafu Steak Sauce

Have you ever eaten or heard of Wafu steak? If not, you may wonder “what is the meaning of the word Wafu?

Actually, the Japanese term, “Wafu (和風)” literally means “Japanese-style”, but what does the “Wafu” come from?

The Sauce, Condiment, and Topping for Wafu Beef Steak

Wafu Steak

I think that, as far as beef steak is concerned, the Wafu especially comes from the sauce, condiment, and topping, by which the Japanese-style beef steak is characterized.


Basically, the sauce for Wafu beaf steak can be made from only 2 ingredients, soy sauce and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine.

However, in many cases, Japanese home cooks like to deepen the flavor and taste by adding a few other seasonings.


Wafu Steak with Wasabi

Speaking of the condiment for Wafu steak, we often have the Japanese-style beef steak with grated horseradish “Wasabi (ワサビ)“.


Toppings for Wafu Beef Steak

Lastly as for the topping, many Japanese like to put grated Daikon radish on Wafu beef steak and eat them together.

Additionally, as you can see in the photo, it is also good to garnish the Japanese-style beef steak with lemon slices and chopped green onions.

As a Whole

From the sauce, condiment, and toppings, generally the Japanese-style beef steak is refreshing in taste.

3 Easy Wafu Steak Sauce Recipes

Wafu Steak with Sauce

Among these elements, I think the sauce is the key to making the Japanese-style beef steak delicious, so last I will introduce 3 easy and tasty Wafu steak sauce recipes from the following Japanese websites.

From Kikkoman

Kikkoman is a leading Japanese seasoning maker well-known for its soy sauce (Amazon.com). On the official websitethe company recommends mixing their soy sauce and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine in the ratio of 1 : 1 to make steak sauce.

  1. Season a slice of beef with a dash of salt and pepper
  2. Cook the meat in a pan with some vegetable oil
  3. Add soy sauce and Mirin, and coat the meat quickly
  4. Arrange the beef in a plate and enjoy!

From Pokka Sapporo

Pokka Sapporo is a major Japanese company producing foods and beverages. On the official website, the maker recommends making steak sauce with soy sauce, Mirin sweet cooking rice wine, and their 100% lemon juice. The recommended mixing ratio of soy sauce, Mirin, and 100% lemon juice is Tbsp 1 : Tsp 2 : Tsp 2 (2 servings).

  1. Sprinkle a dash of salt and black pepper over a slice of beef
  2. Heat a pan with some oil and garlic over a low flame, and cook the meat
  3. Dish up the beef on a plate and put soy sauce, Mirin, and lemon juice
  4. Enjoy!

From Cookpad.Com

Lastly, I will introduce a popular authentic Wafu steak sauce recipe with good reputation from the major Japanese recipe site cookpad.com.

Restaurant Chef’s Delicious Wafu Steak Sauce (2 servings) (cookpad.com)
Ingredient Quantity
Mirin sweet cooking rice wine 60cc
Sake rice wine 35cc
Soy sauce 60cc
Sugar 20g
  1. Put Mirin and Sake in a pot and heat the mixture to the boil so that the alcohol content will be evaporated
  2. Add soy sauce and sugar, and boil down the sauce moderately
  3. Ready to use, dress beef steak with the sauce and enjoy!

Related Products

Kikkoman Japan Made Soy Sauce, 33.8 Ounce Kikkoman Manjo Aji Mirin, 17 fl oz
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Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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