Garlic-Grilled Steaks with Wasabi-Cilantro

Here, simple seasonings let the meaty flavor of good steak come through. The accompanying sauce, a play on traditional horseradish sauce, calls for wasabi--a pungent Japanese root similar to horseradish--and cilantro for a new twist.

STEAKS

4 (6- to 8-oz.) New York strip steaks (3/4 inch thick)
3 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce

SAUCE

1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 to 2 tablespoons wasabi paste or purchased horseradish
2 teaspoons whipping cream or milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Place steaks in nonreactive shallow pan. Rub with garlic; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour soy sauce over steaks, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.

2. Blend all sauce ingredients in blender until smooth. (Sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Serve at room temperature.)

3. Heat grill. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Grill, covered, over medium heat or coals 7 to 10 minutes for medium-rare, turning once. Serve with sauce.

4 servings

PER SERVING: 345 calories, 18 g total fat (8.5 g saturated fat), 41 g protein, 3.5 g carbohydrate, 95 mg cholesterol, 1045 mg sodium, .5 g fiber