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Five-Spice Steak

August 19, 2016

Five-Spice Steak

Five exotic spices in a steak. This aromatic and easy-to-cook Chinese Five-Spice Steak is a must try for any steak lovers!

Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 bone-in rib-eye steak (about 1 pound, at least 1 inch thick)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 small red Thai/bird’s-eye chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons tamari (may substitute low-sodium soy sauce if gluten is not an issue)
  • 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar or light brown sugar
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 large handfuls cilantro leaves
  1. Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat to heat up while you season the meat all over with the five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Seed the chili pepper, then mince it. Use a brush to dab the toasted sesame oil evenly over the steak.
  2. The garlic, ginger and chili pepper can be gathered together as you work: Mince the garlic. Peel, then mince the ginger root.
  3. Add the steak to the hot pan; let it cook undisturbed for 3 minutes, then gently move the steak around the pan a bit; cook for another 2 minutes, then turn it over and cook on the second side for about 6 minutes or until it is nicely browned and the interior temperature registers 120 to 125 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (medium-rare). Transfer the meat to a plate to rest; reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. After the skillet has heated for 2 minutes on medium-low, stir the garlic mixture into the pan juices in the skillet. As it cooks, combine the rice vinegar, tamari and sugar in a cup, then pour that mixture into the skillet, using a wooden spatula to dislodge any browned bits. Cook for about 1 minute, then scrape the contents of the skillet into a medium bowl. This is your sauce.
  5. Mince the scallions (white and light-green parts) and chop the cilantro leaves; add half of each to the bowl of sauce.
  6. Cut the steak into thin slices, piling them on a platter (discard the bone). Spoon some of the sauce over the top, then garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro. Pass the remaining sauce at the table. Serve warm.


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Source:  The Washington Post


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