Steak w/ Soy-Ginger Sauce… and a Cookbook Giveaway!!

My dear friends, I’m asking you to forgive me for your bruised buttocks. I think i got a little carried-away with all that spanking in my last post. Today, in an effort to redeem myself… i am giving away a free cookbook!

You will have to wait until the end of this post to find out more because i’m a bit hungry right now… Let’s eat!

Today, I want to give you a quick steak recipe that will rock your world. A steak with a soy-ginger pan sauce that can be made in just a few minutes. From looking at the ingredients you might wonder what’s so special but after the first bite, you’ll be transported to steak wonderland, guaranteed! Did the zen-man ever let you down?
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the brain behind the steak and this recipe can be found in Simple to Spectacular. In the book, he claims this dish has the potential to become a real classic and i think i agree with him and not just because he’s one of my kitchen heroes. I promise he didn’t bribe me either. I used Kobe beef because.. well, errr… I don’t have a budget to respect at work and also because it was meant to be served as a small tasting. It was pure indulgence. In fact, it’s was so rich that you should consider having your doctor check your pulse while you’re chewing. We’re never too cautious.

Did you know JGVO has a cheap-ass blog just like this one? Check it out here but don’t forget to comeback to enter the giveaway!

Steak with Soy-Ginger Sauce

(serves 4)

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless ribeye or sirloin steaks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. Preheat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add the steaks and cook until nicely browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and brown the other side, another minute or two. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the steaks to a plate.
  2. When the skillet has cooled slightly, return it to the stove over medium heat. Add the butter and, when it melts, the ginger. About 30 seconds later, add the soy sauce and 2 tablespoons water and stir to blend. Return the steaks to the skillet, along with accumulated juices.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and cook the steaks for a total of about 4 minutes, turning 3 or 4 times. (If at any time the pan threatens to dry out entirely, add another couple tablespoons of water.) At this point, the steaks will be medium-rare; cook for a little longer if you like, and serve, with the pan juices spooned over. Enjoy!

Win this beautiful cookbook Asian Grilling by Su-Mei Yu. You can follow the link to Amazon to learn all about it, you can even have a peek inside. How cool is that? I can tell you it has mouth-watering recipes that are perfect for the summer and beautiful pictures too. I will probably make a few copies before i send it to the winner… if you don’t mind. :-)

Same rules as last time, just leave a comment on this post. Comments will be numbered in the order they are received and a winner will be picked randomly. Easy enough? Everyone is welcome to enter and i will ship the prize anywhere in the world at my own expense. You have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight (eastern time) to enter. The winner will be announced on the July 4th week-end. Deal?Good luck to all!

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  • John R.

    Wow.. I just happened to stumble upon your blog while looking for a good recipe for Gateau Basque. Now I’m addicted to your blog! I love the recipes you come up with; each is so unique and looks so delicious.

    As a guy entering college, it is people like you who give me inspiration to follow my passion for cooking. Keep up the awesome job!

  • Brilynn

    I’ll take a plate of that steak and the book please…

  • Jack

    Steak… simple sauce… ginger… SOLD!

    Will definitely be giving this a whirl.

  • Sutee D

    Mmmmmm . . . Butter, ginger, and steak.

  • Peter M

    Zen, I too grilled a sirloin with some ginger…beef goes real well with it and your steak is done, a la perfection!

  • doggybloggy

    lucky number 6…..that steak has my name all over it – or it should!

  • Kevin

    That steak does sound good and it looks great!

  • Adam

    Dude it’s like 4 ingredients. You weren’t kidding about easy. Easy and steak is a winner for sure.

  • glamah16

    I love this sort of cooking .Thats why I have been gravitating to Asian cooking and really need this book. Thanks for the link th JGV. Fascinating he has the time to blog.

  • Vicki

    Hi Zen, just found your blog and love it, will have to work my way thru all the back posts. And of course, I’d love that cookbook.

  • Gloria

    This is sooo yummy!! I want it and I want the book pleaseee!!!!! Love your recipes!!!xxxxxx Gloria

  • April in CT

    Count me in! Mmmmmmmmm, steak!! What a simple and tasty looking recipe.

  • LaLa Brat

    yum yum

  • Joanna

    My mouth is ready for some awesome food. I’d love to win!!!! Lucky number, hear me roAR!

  • Kian

    It is not surprising this simple recipe is so delicious. Soy sauce packs a huge amount of “umami.” The secret fifth taste from Asia.

  • s

    I’ve never been a huge steak fan, but it’s amazing what a pretty picture can do for the palate…

  • Carroll

    Found you just now through the irresistible photo you posted on FoodGawker and you are now firmly bookmarked! I love your proposal of offering yourself up for adoption :-) Any chance you’re based near the SF Bay Area? (haven’t read your archives yet, but will do that first thing tomorrow!) If so, maybe we could arrange at least a partial share. We could certainly use a gourmet chef in the family!

  • Manggy

    Yum!! With only four ingredients I suppose it’s imperative to use the best of everything! I dunno if I’ll ever be fortunate enough to get my hands on raw Kobe or Wagyu. How about New Zealand beef but frozen rock-solid?! Hahaha.

  • Big Boys Oven

    WoW! Chef Zen, I love the way you prepare your steak! So interesting. Another Wow! I love that book too, eyinng now! cool book!

  • AzAzura

    gorgeous steak
    soy sauce + ginger= me saying cowabunga!

  • Carol C

    I love your blog…wonderful, entertaining writing and the recipies are so tempting.
    yummm..steak with soy-ginger sauce…will be trying it out soon!

  • Ann

    I’m with Brilyn… I’d like the book AND the food. Stat!

  • natalie

    mmm..looks good! i have a similar steak recipe i use sometimes, no butter, but i do add some honey and sriracha sauce! gives it a nice little kick!

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    I still can’t sit properly because of all that spanking, but i’ve learned my lesson! From now on I’ll do whatever Zen says, even if that means to put flowers on top of that amazing looking steak!
    By the way I found an mp3 player at the beach today and it says ZEN, hope it’s not yours, cause I’m keeping it!

  • Mrs.ThePoint

    That looks nice…hm…

  • Meghan

    This looks fantastic… So few flavors that they all get to be highlighted in the dish!

  • Bethany

    Geez already that much competition in such short space of time?! Steak sounds delicious…can’t wait till i’m off this detox to try it!

  • Maryann

    WOW!! Looks yummy and simple to make– ginger and soy sauce and butter OH MY!

  • Helen

    Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest aren’t they? I love it when you take just a few ingredients and it tastes amazing.

  • Rachel@fairycakeheaven

    This looks fantastic all juicy and rare and saucy!! One for next weekend methinks!

  • Cakespy

    OMG the steak looks perfect–the perfect hue of slightly pinky. It sounds like something I’ve got to try next time I have a night with Mr. Cakespy the vegetarian safely out of the house!

  • carvedinmarble

    Just made your steak and it is EXCELLENT!

  • ckbusiness (CK Gourmet)

    As always, this recipe was stellar! What are the garnishments and are they edible?

  • Elle

    Zen, that’s some gorgeous meat! hehe. You know I’ll have to try this one, too. I just can’t resist a good piece of beef.

    Nice bonus giveaway, too! :)

  • farida

    Great looking steak! I yet have to master the art of making a good one:)

    Oh yeah, count me in for the giveaway:)

  • Ginny

    That steak looks great…im drooling!!! :)

  • kingaloha

    Fantastic, sir! A Whole Foods just opened near me in Orlando and I’ll have to get some quality steaks and try this!

  • Colloquial Cook

    I want the book and I want the chef. Can you ship yourself worldwide?

  • Chicken & Waffles

    Screw the cookbook (all due respect, Jean-Georges). Can’t you just give a bored delivery man a twenty spot and send him uptown with the meat? I’ve just made a pitcher of sangria. I’ve made a lovely soffrito. All I need is some meat (story of my life). Don’t keep a sister hanging, Zen Man.

  • Dan-O

    Long time reader, first time commenter…

    This sounds wonderful indeed… I know what I am making for din din tomorrow.

    Thanks again…

  • FeelingFlirty

    I’m cooking this steak tonight. My mouth has been watering since I saw the photo.

    Thanks, Zenny!

  • My Sweet & Saucy

    Another fabulous looking dish! I wonder if I could win twice in a row!

  • cakebrain

    yummy looking steak! I’d love a book on Asian Grilling!

  • Olga Berman

    wow, yum! I can never manage to cook steak: maybe I just don’t buy the right meat. An Asian twist sounds good

  • Jenny

    Another gorgeous plate and what a plus that is quick and easy. Fun givaway, I just mailed off the prizes of the winners from my blog. Maybe I’ll have a little luck here!

    Oh, and I love the flowers on top of the steak! Have a good week.

  • michael

    Great blog! I love visiting here. This is my first comment though (yes – I want that cookbook!). Keep up the good work!

  • Karen

    Jean-George has a wonderful line of sauces called Vong, one of my favorites is the rosemary ginger… am so looking forward to trying your soy-ginger sauce.

  • We Are Never Full

    pick me! pick me! i’ll even pick the book up from you to escape shipping charges!! :)

  • Nina’s Kitchen (Nina Timm)

    If I could, I would add fresh ginger, lemon zest and soy to any recipe. Simple yet delicious!!!

  • Chicopea

    I don’t usually eat much red meat Zen, but I could probably finish this in one bite. And I can’t believe its just three steps. Now thats my kinda recipe 😉 ps. nice purple garnish-thingy