Teriyaki Steak and Sesame Noodles

Just in time for the holidays, I have a great recipe and an equally great cookbook to give away! Those of you who read my post on Pork Dumplings with Chili Sauce know that I am a big fan of Jaden Hair and her Steamy Kitchen blog. Jaden is an amazing cook, an incredibly talented photographer, a really nice person, and the author of THE STEAMY KITCHEN COOKBOOK, which is where I got the recipe for the teriyaki steak that you see above. This cookbook is jam-packed with fabulous-looking recipes that I am going to work my way through…just as soon as I get it back from my mom, who took one look at it on my kitchen counter and borrowed it.

But not before I had made this rocking good steak, which is marinated in a balsamic teriyaki sauce that is Out Of This World. Jaden makes it with a skirt steak, but says you can use the steak of your choice, so I took her at her word and used my all-time favorite cut for grilling: the flank steak. The Southern husband and I made the teriyaki sauce the night before and marinated that bad boy overnight until it was good and soaked in that amazing marinade. By the time dinnertime rolled around, there was nothing left to do but grill the steak and heat up some reserved marinade to drizzle over the steak.

Along the way, it occurred to me that the perfect accompaniment to this fantastic steak would be the Pioneer Woman’s Sesame Noodles, which I have now made about one million times. And they were indeed perfect! Which brought all of this full circle, because those sesame noodles were the topic of my first cookbook giveaway…that one is over, but now I have a copy of Jaden’s beautiful cookbook to give away next!

So here’s what I need: leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favorite food blog, and that will enter you into a random drawing for a copy of THE STEAMY KITCHEN COOKBOOK. (For my peeps who subscribe on email — click on the recipe title up top and it will take you to the web page where you can comment. I love you guys!!) It is a perfect holiday gift…if you can bear to part with it, that is! I will announce the lucky winner at 7pm on Saturday, December 5. And in the meantime, give this scrumptious teriyaki steak a try, and visit one of MY favorite food blogs, Steamy Kitchen!

**THANKS EVERYONE — Contest is now over, but please look for the next cookbook giveaway, coming your way soon!**


Teriyaki Steak and Sesame Noodles
  • 1 pound skirt steak, or steak of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup beef, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
  1. To make the teriyaki sauce, melt the butter in a saucepot over medium low heat. When it starts to bubble, add the shallots and garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until soft, watching to make sure they don't burn.
  2. Pour in the vinegar and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. It should be thick, glossy and coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Add the sugar, stock, soy sauce and mirin, stir well and bring back to a boil. Then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool and reserve ½ cup sauce for marinating and ¼ cup for serving.
  4. Place the steak and ½ cup sauce into a large sealable plastic bag. Marinate 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Thirty minutes before grilling, remove the steak from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature. Discard the marinade and pat the steak very dry with paper towels.
  6. Preheat grill to high, or set a large frying pan over high heat on the stove and add oil when very hot.
  7. Grill steak for 3-5 minutes on each side for medium rare. Let steak rest for 5 minutes and the slice across the grain. Serve with reserved ¼ cup marinade to pour over the meat.



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  1. Well, besides your blog, my next favorite is
    Gotta try this steak!

  2. Angela James says:

    I subscribe to at least 30 food blogs on RSS feed, so it's hard to choose just one. I think, if I go by percentage of recipes I've tried, it would be probably be Pioneer Woman.

    I've had this cookbook on my wishlist since it released. I need to make sure my family knows for Christmas!

  3. Shovelmonkey says:

    While I follow many food blogs, I think The Wildyeast blog (http://www.wildyeastblog.com/) is my favorite. It has beautiful pictures of bread of every type. It makes me smell baking bread no matter where I view it.

  4. Oh how I want the Steamy Kitchen cookbook so badly. Okay so here is my current favorite food blog. The blogger, Debby is so super sweet and makes awesome post.

    A Feast For The Eyes (http://foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com/). Today is her one year Blogaversary. Yay!

  5. I like the food pornographer (www.thefoodpornographer.com). Thanks for the giveaway- the steak looks delish!

  6. Calamity Anne says:

    I read several food blogs every day, but the one that's my absolute fav (and I'm not saying this to win the cookbook)is Framed (yes, yours)! Besides the wonderful recipes, I absolutely LOVE your photography!

  7. I am a new addict to food blogs…which my family loves, because I am cooking as often as I can new recipes! Other than yours I think my other favorite blog would be Our Best Bites.

  8. crackingtheegg says:

    Right now, I am really liking "A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei" simply because I am there now and practically use it as bible to find my next meal. Great site if you're interested in Asian food too!

  9. Serena Hinckley says:

    Why, yours, my dear. Recent recipes include the easy pot pie and the orgasmic chocolate chip cookies. Thanks to you I found Jaden's blog and passed it on. We ALL love her Broccoli Beef. I think the Teriyaki Steak is what's for dinner tonight… Can't wait!

  10. Photogramommy says:

    I'm completely new to the blogging world and only follow 2 food blogs so far, but yours is my favorite…I've tried several recipes so far without a flop. In case yours isn't allowed ;-)my next favorite would have to be The Pioneer Woman…I love how she has pictures of every step for the times when I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing!
    I'm looking at this blog at 9:40 AM and it is making me want steak right now!

  11. one of my faves is Marc Bittman's blog at NYTimes.com

  12. well, obviously i like THIS food blog- i also like "Joy the Baker" for great baking recipes and photos

  13. Gonna have to go with Dinner & Dessert


    zekks at yahoo dot com

  14. Dinner With Julie is my go-to; I've made more meals from her blog than from any other.

  15. Oklahoma Granny says:

    I would have to say my favorite food blog is Chickens In The Road (http://suzannemcminn.com/). She's kind of the West Virginia version of PW.

  16. SteamyKitchen says:

    Hey THANK YOU! you're too sweet. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!!! xoxo jaden

  17. Heidi and Craig says:

    There are sooo many excellent blogs out there, with soooo many great recipes and ideas! I love, of course, Framed and Steamy Kitchen, but if I had to pick another fav it would be Rasa Malaysia (rasamalaysia.com). Love, LOVE Asian cooking and getting different perspectives and ideas from the site.

    Thanks for sharing all your fabulous recipes! =)

  18. Cannelle et Vanille (http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/) is my current favorite, but I'm always on the look-out for more!

  19. I check out Pioneer Woman almost everyday!

    p.s. must have steamy kitchen!!


  20. My favorite would have to be The Pioneer Woman, with foodgawker.com following at a close second. Foodgawker.com allows me to find yummy wonderful blogs such as yours!

  21. My fave it probably the Pioneer Woman but I just discovered you today and have a feeling you will becoming a very close 2nd. Love your site!

  22. My favourite blog is "Eating Asia"

  23. Dawn Logterman says:

    My favorite is Pioneer Woman and you are right along side her. I have a life time of recipes to try now that I follow all these wonderful blogs!

  24. Elaine in Port Charlotte says:

    Framed is my favourite foodie blog. Also like Pioneer Woman and Anne's Food.

  25. My very favorite is Cathy's at Wives with Knives!

  26. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    What a delicious looking meal! My favorite food blogger is a tie between Peabody of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody or Faith of Thought 4 Food…both wonderful blogs :)

  27. Francesca says:

    Ah too many to choose from! Including Framed of course!
    I'm a big fan of Annie's Eats. Love the pictures. Whenever I have a food craving, I just look at her pics and that keeps me down for a bit hahaha.

  28. ZarpandiT says:

    i'm a fan http://www.joythebaker.com! love she's photos and writes and recipes :)

  29. Your food pictures are awesome, I drool over them!
    It's very difficult to chose a blog, there are so many fantastic blog like yours… I think it will be «The Pionneer Woman» one, because I'm visual so the pictures taken at each step are very helpful.

  30. My favorite food blog would have to be Smitten Kitchen.

  31. It varies with my mood but I'm going to go with Michael Ruhlman's http://www.ruhlman.com/

  32. I'm going to have to go with the Pioneer Woman.

  33. Favorite food blogs the list is long … but I would have to say http://www.joythebaker.com and http://www.bakerella.com since I love to bake but there are so many many more!

  34. Of course it's steamy kitchen. My husband got my wish lists for both my birthday (next week) and Christmas.. and this cookbook is on top of the list.

  35. Favorite food blog? Wow,that's a tough one. I'm going to go with http://www.thepioneerwoman.com and her Tasty Kitchen link. Ree's prune cake is to die for. My mom requested it instead of pecan pie for Thanksgiving!

  36. Aren't Jaden's recipes great? I've made a few from her blog and they've all been fantastic!

    It's impossible to narrow it down to 1…but one I've enjoyed reading lately is inuyaki by Arnold.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog also so feel free to enter!

  37. If I had to choose one, I'd have to go with Smitten Kitchen… although Jaden's and Ree's are close seconds. You really can't go wrong with any of those three.

  38. My favorite is Hungry Cravings! I love her recipes and the photography.


  39. aznprincessclara says:

    ooh ooh steamy kitchen cookbook! i'm hoping to have a copy of this for xmas :)

    for my food blog favorite, i would choose marketmanila.com for the abundance of food pr0n. ehehe

  40. Can't pass up this chance to win a copy of Jaden's book. Other than your two blogs, I will name Orangette as one of my all time favorites. Will force myself to keep from naming another half dozen that spring to mind as I type that….
    Thanks for the contest– it is fun to see what others say too.

  41. Brian Lew says:

    My favorite food blogs are Steamy kitchen, Rasa Malaysia and Chez Pim

  42. I have to say, THIS would be my favourite recipe blog, because you are so delightfully enthusiastic about the prospect of Good Eats!
    My favourite recipe site, on the other hand, is the BBC Website. Every recipe. From every one of their shows. Searchable by ingredient and course. It is almost sinful in its diversity. Check out the Calypso Punch. *drools*

  43. One of my favorites is La Fuji Mama – I love getting an asian flair to food. However, I really just love all of my food blogs, because they're so different and allow me to expand my cooking abilities! One day, I hope to follow in their footsteps and blog myself.


  44. FoxFire at ThePonderingPony says:

    My favorite foodie blog is Hungry Cravings! Her pumpkin creme brulee is to die for!

    foxfirejg at gmail dot com

  45. My favorite food blog is bakerella.com! Not only am I a huge fan of baked goods, I'm also a huge fan of all things cute. She manages to combine both!

  46. My favorite food blog is bakerella.com! Not only am I a huge fan of baked goods, I'm also a huge fan of all things cute. She manages to combine both!

  47. I'm a cookbook fanatic, but this is the first time I've visited a food blog. Where have I been??!!! The photos on your site are amazing and inspiring. I stumbled upon your blog via SteamyKitchen.


  48. Guess I'm not the only one who has a hard time picking just one. I just counted up the ones I've bookmarked and at a total of 51, the word "addiction" comes to mind! I guess I could have worse vices…

    Love Framed (of course! – I love seeing your posts pop up in my e-mail!) and the Pioneer Woman. Another I would mention in a list of faves is Culinary in the Desert.

    PS – This morning my DH requested his favorite treat, rice crispy bars. I'm surprising him with your Peanut Butter Fudge Treats instead. Thanks in advance!

  49. There are too many blogs to name, but I gotta say, I always love Bakerella's photos!

  50. Here via SeriousEats.com 's Photograzing favorites–love the picture!

    While I read Serious Eats about as much as I read my email, my favorite food blog by a single author would have to be Heidi Swanson's 101cookbooks.com–I'm not a vegetarian or even really that health-inclined, but I love the way she talks about how she comes up with her recipes, and the fact that she's generally not judgmental about other peoples' eating habits/budgets in her recipes. Plus her photos are just fantastic, though obviously you're no slouch at that either. (:

  51. grapegoddess says:

    I love to read Steamy Kitchen,if you are in the mood for french cooking and everything inbetween this blog is fun to read! http://chocolateandzucchini.com/

  52. Yours is the ONLY blog I read regularly…although I should start reading a few more and cooking more often. You are inspiring!

  53. I am checking out new food blogs nearly everyday. To inspire me on where to click to first I start out at http://www.foodgawker.com!

  54. I love Pioneer Woman!


  55. Anonymous says:

    Pioneer Woman is the blog I frequent most often. For something different, I enjoy kitchens are money business.


  56. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoy The Kitchen Sink. http://thekitchensinkrecipes.com/


  57. I follow many blogs, like many of the comment above. But I really enjoy deliciouswisdom.com, even though she doesn't post nearly enough for my liking! lol.

  58. Well, it's not exclusively a food blog, but http://www.designcrushblog.com does a great job of pulling together some fantastic links to great recipes with beautiful photos; and she keeps me entertained with all of her other beautiful posts.

  59. Anonymous says:

    My favorite food blog is yours, of course! Your recipes are great, your photographs are excellent, and your comments are always fun to read. Thanks and please keep 'em coming!

  60. Anonymous says:

    I forgot to sign the previous comment…oops!


  61. Stephy P. says:

    Hi there! I recently made both of these recipes. Thank you so much for sharing! I also posted them on my blog to share as well.
    I used flank steak and will repeat often!

  62. This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.

    Thank you!

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  64. What’s up, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post.

    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

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