This dish gets some lovely but subtle flavor from mirin – a slightly sweet Japanese rice wine. When paired with demi-glace and Japanese tonkatsu sauce, the result is a sweet and salty condiment that provides a huge flavor power-up. Fragrant white rice and glazed carrots are perfect foils for sirloin and umami-rich sauce. Real talk: This exact meal, enjoyed by Chef Jimmy as a teenager, made such a profound impact on him that it set him on the path to become a chef. Totally true.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Cook the Rice
Bring a small pot with rice and 1½ cup water to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 18-20 minutes.
Remove from burner and set aside covered.
While rice cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Peel, trim, and cut carrot into ½" slices at an angle.
Pat steaks dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook the Carrot Slices
Bring a medium non-stick pan with ¼ cup water, carrot slices, butter, sugar to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until carrot slices are tender, 5-8 minutes.
If pan becomes dry and carrot slices need more time, add ¼ cup water and continue cooking.
Uncover, raise heat to high, and cook until water is evaporated and carrot slices are glazed, 2-3 minutes.
Season with ¼ tsp. salt. Remove carrot slices to a plate and set aside.
Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Cook the Steaks
Return pan used to cook carrot slices to medium-high heat.
Add 1 tsp. olive oil and steaks to hot pan and cook until steaks are well-browned and reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 4-6 minutes per side.
Remove steaks to a plate and sprinkle with seasoning blend.
Rest steaks at least 5 minutes, then slice. For tender steaks, be sure to slice steaks “against the grain,” or perpendicular to the lines of muscle fiber running down the meat.
Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Make the Sauce
Return pan used to cook steaks to medium heat.
Add ¼ cup water, tonkatsu sauce, mirin, and demi-glace to hot pan. Stir until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes.
Remove pan from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, spooning sauce over steak slices. Bon appétit!