Grilled Steak with Cucumber-and-Daikon Salad


Chef Way David Myers grills with bincho (hard white charcoal) and serves the steak with yuzu kosho, a condiment of yuzu (a citrus), chiles and salt.Easy Way Home cooks can use a grill pan or any kind of outdoor grill for strip steaks. The topping: lemon zest, chile, daikon and cucumber salad. More Amazing Steaks

Grilled Steak with Cucumber and Daikon Salad. Photo © David Malosh
Photo: © David Malosh
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 cup canola oil, plus more for rubbing

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, very thinly sliced

  • 8 ounces daikon, peeled and very thinly sliced

  • Four 8- to 10-ounce strip steaks (3/4 inch thick)

  • 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chile

  • 4 ounces baby arugula

  • 1 cup radish or daikon sprouts (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce with the lemon juice, vinegar and garlic. Whisk in the 1/4 cup of oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer half of the dressing to a medium bowl, add the cucumber and daikon and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain and squeeze out any excess liquid. Return the cucumber and daikon to the bowl.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Rub the steaks with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks over moderate heat, turning once, until lightly charred on both sides and medium-rare within, about 7 minutes. Transfer the steaks to a work surface and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and chile and season with salt and pepper; transfer the steaks to plates and spoon the gremolata on top. Add the arugula, sprouts and the remaining dressing to the cucumber and daikon and toss. Serve the salad with the steaks, garnished with the sesame seeds.

Suggested Pairing

Concentrated Portuguese red.

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