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Kobe Beef Tataki with Ponzu Sauce

Today, we're diving into the realm of Japanese culinary perfection with a recipe for Kobe beef tataki, accompanied by a tangy ponzu sauce. This dish epitomizes elegance and flavor, featuring thinly sliced seared Kobe beef drizzled with a citrusy soy-based sauce.


  • 8 oz Kobe beef (or high-quality beef tenderloin), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dashi (Japanese soup stock), optional
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions (green onions)
  • 1 tablespoon grated daikon radish, for garnish
  • Shredded nori (seaweed), for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, mirin, rice vinegar, dashi (if using), and sugar to make the ponzu sauce. Set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet or grill pan over high heat until very hot.
  3. Quickly sear the thinly sliced Kobe beef for about 15-20 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned but still rare inside.
  4. Transfer the seared beef to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes.
  5. Slice the beef thinly against the grain and arrange on a serving plate.
  6. Drizzle the ponzu sauce over the beef slices.
  7. Garnish with chopped scallions, grated daikon radish, shredded nori, and toasted sesame seeds.
  8. Serve immediately as an appetizer or part of a Japanese-style meal.

This Kobe beef tataki with ponzu sauce is a celebration of textures and flavors, showcasing the delicate taste of premium beef complemented by the citrusy and savory notes of the ponzu sauce.

Exploring Japanese Cuisine

Japanese cuisine is renowned for its emphasis on fresh ingredients, precise techniques, and elegant presentation. Tataki, a cooking method where meat or fish is quickly seared and thinly sliced, is a prime example of Japanese culinary artistry.


Experience the exquisite flavors of Kobe beef tataki with ponzu sauce for a culinary journey like no other. This dish is perfect for special occasions or when you want to impress guests with the sophistication of Japanese cuisine. Enjoy the harmonious blend of flavors and textures!


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