Sherlock’s Steak Sandwiches

Posted September 8, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 6 Comments



Sherlock Holmes is famous for having a sparse appetite, but cold beef sandwiches seem to be a weakness of his. He indulges in them several times throughout the books, mostly while traveling on a case. I can see why! What could be better brain food that hearty bread, protein that sticks to your ribs, and some choice toppings to wake your taste buds?

The recipe we’re making today features toasted whole wheat bread, seared steak, arugula, and homemade horseradish sauce (it’s an interpretation of an appetizer I saw at The Kitchen Alchemist). It’ll set your brain cells whirring in no time!


Steak Sandwiches

“’I only wish that you could come with me, Watson, but I fear that it won’t do. I may be on the trail in this matter, or I may be following a will-o’-the-wisp, but I shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few hours.’ He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. “

— Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet




  • 4 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lb boneless steak cut into 2 quarter-pound portions (I used boneless chuck eye steak)
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 radishes
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula


Makes 2 sandwiches



    1. Start by making the white sauce you’ll be spreading on the bread. To do this, add the horseradish sauce, yogurt, and pepper to a small bowl. Stir until completely incorporated and set aside.

      So glamorous, amiright? Seriously though, give this sauce a chance, even if horseradish isn’t really your thing. I’m not normally a fan, but this sauce provides a fun tartness that cuts through the fat of the steak, making the whole sandwich more balanced.
    2. Season your steak however you want (I used plain ol’ salt and pepper). In a lightly oiled skillet on medium heat, sear your steak for 2 minutes on both sides (make sure the skillet is hot before you put the steaks on). Hold the wide ends down on the skillet with a pair of tongs for 10 seconds each, just long enough to seal in the juices. Set the steak aside on a plate to rest.

      This cooking time gives you medium rare steak. If you’d like to make your steak more or less rare, adjust the cook time accordingly.
    3. Toast your bread and thinly slice your radishes (I sliced mine with the #2 setting on a mandolin).
    4. Time to assemble! Spread sauce on your first slice of bread and arrange some arugula on top (this will act as a moisture barrier against the meat). Place the slices from one radish on top. Slice your steak into 1/2-inch wide strips and place half of them on top of the radish layer. Add another layer of radish and then more arugula. Spread sauce on your second piece of bread and place it on top.

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    5. Repeat Step 4 for your second sandwich.
    6. Pack them to go as you run off to catch a criminal! 🙂sherlock-holmes-steak-sandwich-e-pinterest

Want more steak? No problem! 😉





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6 responses to “Sherlock’s Steak Sandwiches

  1. ladyelasa

    Oooooo this sounds good! I adore arugula. This reminds me of a steak salad from one of my favorite restaurants downtown. Steak and arugula were made to go together. ^ ^

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