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Japanese Style Garlic Steak

Get ready to elevate your dinner game with my Japanese Style Garlic Steak recipe! Prepared on a cast iron skillet with a sweet savory garlic butter sauce, this steak boasts restaurant-quality taste right in your own kitchen. With its perfect balance of salty and sweet flavors, it’s an easy way to enjoy Japanese-style steak without leaving home!

Japanese style garlic steak cut into slices served on a cast iron plate with garlic and green beans, top down shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re searching for an easy yet sensational steak recipe that requires minimal effort and delivers maximum flavor, look no further than my Japanese Style Garlic Steak! Similar to my Beef Tataki Steak and Japanese Pepper Steak dishes, this Japanese-inspired recipe starts with a perfect sear in a cast iron pan and finishes in the oven using the same proven method from my Garlic Butter Oven-Seared Steak!

What sets this dish apart is its irresistible sauce, combining the sweet and savory flavors of my Japanese Sweet Steak Sauce with the essence of my Donburi Sauce. This infusion gives the steak its distinctive Japanese taste!

It’s the perfect main course for anyone craving a taste of Japan at home, offering a delightful combination of sweet and savory notes that will leave your taste buds craving more. So why wait? Dive into this steak delight and experience the flavors of Japanese steak in the comfort of your own kitchen today!



  • Steak – New York strip, ribeye steak or filet mignon, 1-1.5 inches thick.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire Sauce packed in a bottle. Found in grocery stores.
  • Wine – you can use dry red wine, white wine or Japanese sake.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 

🥩 Steak Note

You have the option to choose from New York steak, Ribeye, or Filet Mignon for this recipe, depending on your taste preference. Each cut offers its own distinct qualities to enhance the dish. If you opt for thicker steaks, remember that baking times will need to be extended beyond the indicated duration.

Japanese style garlic New York steak fillet served on a cast iron plate being cut into with a knife and chopstick.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F.

Oven being preheated.

Step 2 Pat dry the steak with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and black pepper.

Seasoned steak.

🥩 Seasoning Pro Tip

For even seasoning, try sprinkling from a Higher Above. Allow the steak to Rest for 20-30 Minutes After Seasoning. This time will enable the steak to absorb the seasoning and reach an even temperature, ensuring a perfectly cooked steak.

Step 3 In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, white wine, sweetener, grated garlic and butter.

Japanese garlic steak sauce in a bowl.

Step 4 Preheat the oil in a cast iron pan until it’s sizzling hot. Then, sear the steak over high heat for approximately 1-2 minutes on each side. Adjust the searing time based on the thickness of the steak – shorter for thinner cuts and longer for thicker ones.

Steak being seared in a cast iron pan.

🍳 Searing Pro Tip

For the best results, Do Not Move the stakes when searing.

Step 5 Turn off the heat, pour the sauce mixture over the steak, and transfer the pan to the oven.

Steak being seared in a cast iron pan with garlic butter sauce on top in oven.

Step 6 Bake the steak for 3-7 minutes, adjusting according to your preferred level of doneness using the chart below. Then, transfer the steak to a serving plate and drizzle with extra sauce before serving.

Japanese style garlic steak served on a plate.

⏲️ Steak Cooking Times

Steak will keep cooking once removed from the oven, so it’s best practice to Remove Steaks 5F Before listed target temperature.

Rare – 125F / 1-1.5 Minutes
Medium-rare – 135F / 1.5-2.5 Minutes
Medium – 145F / 2.5-3.5 Minutes
Medium-well – 155F / 3.5-4.5 Minutes
Well-done – 165F / 4.5-6 Minutes

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

After baking, allow the steaks to Rest for a Few Minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in juicier and more flavorful meat.

Recipe Variations

For a unique twist on Japanese-style steak, consider skipping the sauce altogether and opting for my Ponzu Japanese Steak Sauce as your flavorful dipping sauce. This tangy and citrusy sauce adds a refreshing touch to the perfectly cooked steak, enhancing its natural flavors with each bite.

Pairing Recommendations

To complement the Japanese Style Garlic Steak, serve it alongside a green salad dressed in Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing or a simple Japanese Cabbage Salad. Additionally, offer a side of Japanese Style Roasted Garlic Bulb for added richness. Complete the meal with a bowl of Tofu Miso Soup and your choice of rice for a satisfying and authentic Japanese dining experience.

Sliced Japanese style garlic New York steak fillet being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I achieve the perfect sear on the steak?

To achieve the perfect sear on the steak, use a large cast iron pan with high-temperature cooking oil. When searing, ensure not to move the steak once it's placed in the pan. This allows for proper caramelization and the development of a flavorful crust on the steak.

What is the ideal internal temperature for the steak?

The ideal internal temperature for the steak depends on personal preference, but it's widely accepted that steak is best enjoyed at 130-135°F. This temperature range typically results in a medium-rare doneness, where the steak is juicy and tender with a slight pink center.

Can I prepare the garlic sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the garlic sauce ahead of time. Simply make the sauce and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to meld together, making it even more delicious when used with the steak.

Is this recipe suitable for meal prep or reheating?

It's recommended to prepare this dish fresh as reheating may compromise the quality and texture of the steak.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge, where they can be safely stored for 7-10 days.

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Japanese style garlic steak cut into slices served on a cast iron plate with garlic and green beans, top down shot.

Japanese Style Garlic Steak

Discover the savory flavors of Japanese cuisine with my mouthwatering Japanese Style Garlic Steak recipe. This delectable dish features tender steak cooked to perfection and infused with a flavorful garlic sauce that's sure to impress. Experience the authentic taste of Japan right in your own kitchen with this easy-to-follow recipe!
3.89 from 88 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese garlic steak sauce, Japanese style steak
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
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Calories: 1134kcal


  • 12 oz Steak New York or Ribeye
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 3 tbsp White Wine
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
    Oven being preheated.
  • Pat dry New York steak with a paper towel and sprinkle salt and black pepper both sides.
    Oven being preheated.
  • In a small bowl, mix together grated garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, white wine, and sweetener. Add butter on top of the sauce, no need to stir or melt.
    Japanese garlic steak sauce in a bowl.
  • Preheat cooking oil in a cast iron pan, then place the steak inside and sear each side for 1-2 minutes. Note: Avoid moving or lifting up the steak while searing.
    Steak being seared in a cast iron pan.
  • After searing both sides, turn off the heat, pour sauce mixture over the steak and transfer the entire pan into the oven.
    Steak being seared in a cast iron pan.
  • Cook steak in the oven for approx 3-7 minutes depending on preference and thickness of the steak. Note - keep in mind the steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven, so I usually pull it out 5F before target temp.
    Steak being seared in a cast iron pan.
  • Transfer steak pieces onto a plate, pour leftover juices from cast iron pan on top of the steak and serve.


Calories: 1134kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 2701mg | Potassium: 1084mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 7mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. What did you serve this with?

  2. You don’t list the amount of soy sauce in this recipe, just the Worcester

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