Category Finalist: Entrées. "I like to serve this with long-grain and wild rice and steamed sugar snap peas for an elegant, healthy meal. I created this recipe to combine my love of steak with my kids' fondness for Asian foods." --Teresa Ralston, New Albany, OH
Cooking Light MARCH 2007
To prepare relish, combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Coat both sides of each steak with 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, pressing gently to adhere. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with relish.
Wine note: Cabernet sauvignon may be the classic steak wine, but the tropical fruit relish with these steaks calls for a more fruit-forward red, like a California zinfandel. Try St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2004 ($19) from Sonoma County. Its bold fruit tone, subtle smoke and spice, and juicy finish complement Asian flavors while standing up to beef. --Jeffery Lindenmuth
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