Chaliapin Steak Recipe

Chaliapin Steak Recipe


How To Make Chaliapin Steak

An easy and tasty Japanese dish, this Chaliapin steak combines juicy beef, caramelized onion, and a rich sake sauce, for a scrumptious bite.

Prep: 15 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins


  • 2 steaks, small, sirloin or ribeye
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake, optional
  • 4 tsp water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp potato starch, dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • japanese rice, cooked, 2 portions, for serving


  1. Chop the onion finely and set it aside.

  2. Using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, bash the steaks until they’re around 2cm thick. With a sharp knife, slash a grid pattern into both sides of the steak, but without cutting all the way through. Coat the steak in the chopped onion, and leave it to marinate for 30 minutes.

  3. In a heavy frying pan, heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on medium heat. Scrape the chopped onions off the steak, and saute them in the oil until translucent.

  4. Turn the heat down to low, and continue stirring and cooking slowly until the onions are caramelized and golden brown. Take out of the pan and set aside.

  5. Add remaining vegetable oil to the pan and heat on high. Sear the steaks for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and charred. Remove the steaks and set them aside to rest while making the sauce.

  6. Return the caramelized onions to the pan on medium heat. Add the sake to deglaze, if using. Then add the water, soy sauce, sugar, and butter. Let it simmer until the flavors are combined.

  7. Stir the potato starch and water, then stir into the sauce, and boil to thicken. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  8. Slice the steak, and place on cooked rice, then pour the sauce over.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!


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