Miso steak

Miso steak

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus marinating


Serves 2
Steak doesn't have to be a heavy meal - give it a Japanese-style marinade for a low-fat supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal232
  • fat9g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 2 tbsp brown miso paste
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry or sake
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 300g/11oz lean steak



    Steak is essentially a boneless thick or thin slice of red meat, cut across the grain of a large…

  • baby spinach, sliced cucumber, celery, radish and toasted sesame seeds, to serve


  1. Tip the miso paste, Sherry or sake, sugar and garlic into a sealable food bag. Season with a generous grinding of black pepper, then squash it all together until completely mixed. Add the steak, gently massage the marinade into the steak until completely coated, then seal the bag. Pop the bag into the fridge and leave for at least 1 hr, but up to 2 days is fine.

  2. To cook, heat a heavy-based frying pan, griddle pan or barbecue until very hot. Wipe the excess marinade off the steak, then sear for 3 mins on each side for medium-rare or a few mins longer if you prefer the meat more cooked. Set aside for 1 min to rest. Carve the beef into thick slices and serve with a crunchy salad made with the spinach, cucumber, celery, radish and sesame seeds.

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16th May, 2020
21st Sep, 2019
Absolutely delicious. Compliments the steak without overwhelming it. I had a shock when I turned the steak to find it looked burnt but it was just the sugar in the marinade caramelising. Yum.
2nd Oct, 2014
In a word "gorgeous"!
24th Apr, 2013
Used yeast extract instead of miso paste and marinated for 24 hours. Really quick to get on the plate and like the sesame seeds...
1st Apr, 2013
Marinated for about 4 hours, the flavour imparted to the steaks are wonderful and there's an added bonus that it seems to really tenderise the steak too. One word of caution though - remember to season the steak well with salt & pepper after removing the marinade and before frying it.
18th Mar, 2013
very tasty and easy to make
11th Jul, 2012
Wasn't impressed. Marinated it for 1 day and I didn't find it flavorsome at all and really not worth the nice cut of meat I got for it. Will not be repeating
19th May, 2012
15th Apr, 2012
Really easy and delicious marninade. It gave the steak a lovely savoury flavour. Will do again.
5th Jan, 2012
where can i find brown miso paste? just a normal supermarket?


27th Jul, 2017
Is there a notable difference in the flavor if we were to leave the marinade on for 2 days vs only a few hours?
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31st Jul, 2017
Thanks for your question. The flavours will permeate more and the meat become more tenderised. The longer, the better!
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