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Steak and Snap Pea Salad

What is it about the winter that makes me crave steak?  Tonight, I was flashing back to this amazing restaurant (well, amazing to a 20-year old) in Phoenix.  The bar/lounge was in the basement, and was decked out in hardwood with Frank constantly playing.  That was back in my smoking days, and my friends and I would go there for happy hour and enjoy the ambiance, or for a special occasion.  I do believe I had my very first taste of Dom Perignon on one particular outing to that restaurant.

Maybe I'm feeling nostalgic, but I really wanted steak.  I thought about truly indulging in traditional steak house fare, but this close to Christmas (when I fully plan to have a guilt-free, indulgent parade of meals), I had to make it a wee bit on the healthy side.

Steak and Snap Pea Salad


- 1 steak filet (mine was about 7 oz.)
- 4 T. sou sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4-in. piece of ginger, grated
- 1 T. ponzu sauce
- 1 T. honey
- drizzle sesame oil
- 1/4 c. snap peas
- 4-5 cherry/grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 shallot, chopped
- handful of sesame seeds (white or black) for garnish
- salt
- pepper
- olive oil

Marinade the steak for at least in an hour in 3 T. of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 T. of ponzu sauce, 1 T. of honey, and 1 T. of soy sauce.  Add in the cilantro and green onion.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a small skillet, heat a TINY drizzle of sesame oil and 1-2 T. of olive oil.  Remove the steak from the marinade, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until you get a nice brown crust.  Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 7-8 additional minutes for medium rare.  Remove the steak and let it rest for at least 8 minutes before slicing.

While the steak is in the oven, bring a pot of water to a boil.  Salt the water and add in the snap peas.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.  Add the snap peas, shallot and tomatoes to the sauce you set aside and stir to combine.  Plate the snap pea salad, and slice the steak and place it on the plate.  Garnish the whole plate with sesame seeds.