Saturday, July 30, 2011

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

What is better than a great steak with Chimichurri sauce?  It's an easy meal that really packs a flavorful punch.  I don't have steak very often but I REALLY love it.  Not to get up on my soapbox but I do think a great quality steak will yield a far better taste.  If I know the animal has been treated well and has roamed around the countryside in a contented manner - it will taste better.  At least I think so.  My husband who knows my feelings well, asked when I served this "Was it listening to Mozart when ........."

As far as the Chimichurri is concerned I have no such worries - this is just the happiest sauce I know - from the name to the taste.  I made this from herbs out of the garden and it just burst with flavor.  It takes less than two minutes in the processor - very helpful - and it's equally good with chicken or fish.

For the Chimichurri Sauce

1 cup parsley
1/3 cup of cilantro
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of cumin
Zest and juice of a lime
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
Pinch of salt

Steaks for grilling, fat trimmed
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Herbs de Provence

To prepare the Chimichurri put all the ingredients into the processor and blitz.  Pour into a bowl and refrigerate.

To prepare the steaks, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence.

I made these steaks on my griddle pan (love that piece of equipment).  Heat the grill or pan until REALLY hot then lay the steaks on it.  Depending on the thickness of the steaks and how well you like them done, sear for between 2 - 4 minutes a side.  Remember when you remove and cover them with aluminum foil they will carry on cooking a little - so please don't over do them.  Despite my squeamishness I do like a rare steak.  Not as rare as my good friend Joan who instructs the chef to "just walk it through the kitchen".

Let the steaks rest under the foil for at least 6 minutes.  Then slice and drizzle over the sauce.   


  1. Oh that steak looks divine, Mary! I love the ingredients in the recipe, and I bet everyone at home would love this too... So flavorful with that cilantro and garlic! And quick too! Thank you for sharing this :) I

  2. That steak looks really juicy. I am sure at least the diners were happy.

  3. What a beautiful color! I have never made chimichurri sauce, but you make it sound so 'every-day' that I am sure I will try it soon! It's early here and your photos make me very hungry.

  4. My last restaurant steak I ordered straight up rare, knowing the the cook would be too nervous to let it be too bloody. Boy was I right. It was one of finest steaks of my life. With the chimichurri it would only have been more perfect.

  5. Hubby and I were just talking about grilling a good steak this summer...chimichurri sauce - yum!

  6. All I can say is that steak looks perfect. Just perfect!

  7. You are really hurting my diet! How can I lose weight when I see all these wonderful dishes....Oh well, whats a little extra weight?
    Looks delicious..

  8. This looks so impressive! Now I'm craving steak!

  9. wow, this looks amazing. I love chimichurri sauce and yours looks fantastic! Simply fantastic! Perfect to use over steak or chicken. Great photos

  10. Oh my gosh, your husband just about made me spit water across my desk. That is awesome. I am sooo going to quote him to my own husband. We definitely agree with you on the meat, but that is still hysterical.

    Your steaks look gorgeous!

  11. That is so beautiful. Great technique. Especially the rest. Only way to serve a medium rare to rare steak.

    Just a wonderful post!


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