Grilled Flank Steak with Asian Green Sauce (Shiso, Miso, Daikon & Pear)

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Author Notes: While I can appreciate an unadulterated piece of juicy steak, I love grilled steak with salsa verde. Something about the contrast of the rich meat with the piquant sauce makes my taste buds buzz. Here is my Asian take on green sauce, keeping sweet basil, garlic and lemon as the backbone, but adding shiso, miso, and Asian pear for a sweeter, earthier sauce. It maintains a bite thanks to the grated daikon and slightly smoky edge from the sesame oil. We made a meal of it by simply adding steamed rice and a green salad. - gingerrootgingerroot

Food52 Review: We cut into our steak, slathered it with some of gingerroot’s green sauce and both took a bite, simultaneously we said “mmm that is nice and bright." The herby, lemony sauce is perfectly balanced with a little bite of garlic and the toastiness from the sesame oil. I was a bit worried about salting a steak for so long, but it works well, the steak ends up really nicely seasoned and develops a great char on the grill. Due to grocery store shortfalls, I had to use a plain 'ole lemon and I subbed a Fuji apple for the Asian pear, but the sauce was really delicious so I know it didn’t suffer. I also had the sauce on grilled veggies and it was tasty there too. Thumbs up for an EP!!! - aargersiaargersi

Serves 2-4 depending on appetite

For the Steak

  • 1 1/4- 1 1/2 pound flank steak
  • kosher salt

For the Asian Green Sauce (Shiso, Miso, Daikon & Pear)

  • 4-5 sweet basil leaves cut into chiffonade (for ¼ cup)
  • 6-7 green shiso leaves cut into chiffonade (for 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest (I used one small lemon)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons white miso
  • 2 teaspoons Meyer lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grated daikon (remove outer layer of skin with a sharp knife or peeler)
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Asian or Korean pear, minced
  1. START ONE DAY AHEAD: Dust both sides of steak with salt. Roll steak and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove steak from fridge and then get your grill going. You want to let your steak come up to room temperature before cooking.
  3. While waiting for your grill to heat up and steak to reach room temperature, make the Asian green sauce by combining ingredients in a bowl. Gently stir to mix thoroughly. Taste for lemon juice and add more if desired. Set aside until ready to eat.
  4. Pat both sides of steak dry with a paper towel. Grill steak until well seared with a nice crust on one side, about 4-6 minutes. Flip steak using tongs and continue grilling on the other side until cooked to your liking, about another 4-5 minutes (give or take a few minutes depending on the heat of the fire and thickness of your steak).
  5. Transfer meat to a cutting board and let steak rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice meat against the grain at a slight angle to desired thickness. Serve immediately with Asian green sauce and steamed rice (if desired). Enjoy!
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Tags: Asian salsa verde, Easy, piquant, savory, umami

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over 3 years ago checker

Loving the sauce. And the steak. The whole thing really.

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, checker! I really love green shiso.

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over 3 years ago Ms. T

This sounds divine! The house we recently moved into has a prolific Asian pear tree in the garden. It's not a fruit that's in my typical repetoire, so last fall the birds got most of the pears before I could figure out what to do with them. This year at harvest time, I will be armed with a new recipe and ready to pounce :)

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much! Wow, an Asian pear tree in the garden? Lucky! I hope you enjoy this.

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over 3 years ago EmilyC

Love this! I definitely need to buy miso now to make your sauce and aargersi's raspberry miso dressing!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, EmilyC! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try this.

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over 3 years ago Midge

What a brilliant sauce gingerroot. Yum!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, Midge!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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Yum! Sounds nice and bright and summery - and I rooted some shiso from the market so now we have a big pot of it!!!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Yay! I think shiso is a lovely herb to have on hand. Thanks, a!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh wow! I have been obsessing over salsa verde lately, and I love your beautiful Asian version. I will definitely be giving that a try!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, fiveandspice! I hope you enjoy it if you give it a whirl. It is definitely mellower than traditional green sauce, but definitely captures the spirit of it.

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Great combination and I even have shiso growing now!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, healthierkitchen!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

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I can just taste that green sauce with the steak, great combination, a really wonderful balance of flavors.

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, sdebrango! With the miso in there it lends a bit of umami to the idea of green sauce.

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love your Asian green sauce!!! It sound like it would be terrific with lots of things!! I'm definitely making this!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, ChezSuzanne! I started by thinking about Asian ingredients that could stand in for traditional salsa verde ingredients. You are right, I think it would work with a lot of different grilled meats, especially fish. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try it.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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This sounds outstanding! Love your Japanese inspired take on salsa verde. Though I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be enough to serve 4 around my household!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Lol, fair enough, I sometimes forget that my "four" includes two pint sized appetites (well, unless we are talking about pancakes). Thanks, hardlikearmour!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I'm sure we are more gluttonous than most, too!