3 Wafu Japanese-Style Steak Sauce Recipes

Have you ever eaten or heard of Wafu steak? If not, you may wonder “what does the word Wafu stand for?” Actually, “Wafu (和風)” literally means “Japanese-style”, but what does the “Wafu” come from?

Wafu Steak

Wafu Steak

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


Basically, the sauce for Wafu beef steak can be made from only 2 ingredients, Shoyu 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

In terms of the condiment, we often enjoy the Japanese-style beef steak with grated Japanese horseradish “Wasabi (ワサビ)“.


Toppings for Wafu Beef Steak

As for the garnish, many Japanese like to put grated Daikon radish on the Wafu beef steak and eat them together. Additionally, as you can see in the photo above, lemon slices and chopped green onions also go well with the Japanese-style beef steak.


As you can imagine from the sauce, condiment, and garnish, in general, the Japanese-style beefsteak has a refreshing taste.


Wafu Steak with Sauce

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

From Kikkoman

As you may know, Kikkoman is a leading Japanese seasoning maker well-known for its soy sauce. On the official website, to make steak sauce, the company recommends combining their soy sauce and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine at the ratio of 1:1.

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

From Pokka Sapporo

Pokka Sapporo is a major Japanese company producing foods and beverages. On its official website, the maker recommends making steak sauce with soy sauce, Mirin, and their 100% lemon juice. The recommended mixing ratio of soy sauce, Mirin, and 100% lemon juice is Tbsp 1: Tsp 2: Tsp 2 (for 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 low heat, and cook the meat
  3. Dish up the cooked beef on a plate and put the soy sauce, Mirin, and lemon juice
  4. Enjoy!

From Cookpad.Com

Lastly, let me introduce an authentic Wafu steak sauce recipe with a good reputation from the popular 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 the Mirin and Sake in a saucepan and bring the mixture to the boil so that the alcohol content will be evaporated
  2. Add the soy sauce and sugar, and simmer down the sauce moderately
  3. Dress beef steak with the sauce and enjoy it!


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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