Tenderloin with Sake-Mirin Butter

Doug Stonebreaker says the cultural diversity of San Francisco convinced him to settle there. It's also inspired his cooking: Here he slathers beef with a Japanese-style butter sauce.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sake or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Four 6-ounce beef tenderloin steaks (3 inches thick)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over low heat until fragrant but not browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the butter until melted, then add the sake and mirin. Season with salt and pepper; remove from the heat.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until browned outside and rare within, 7 minutes per side. Transfer to plates, drizzle with the sake-mirin butter and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Black curranty Cabernet from Sonoma County.

Contributed By Published April 2006

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