The best way to serve a steak apart from simply grilled with a touch of lemon juice, salt and pepper, is to have steak with chimichurri sauce.
44 million Argentines can't be wrong. That's where chimichurri comes from.
It's the perfect little salsa for the perfect food.
It's the perfect truce between vegans and carnivores.
Perfectly cooked top-quality steak needs little else apart from salt, pepper and a few drops of lemon juice, but chimichurri sauce takes it to the next level.
It's got the perfect balance of sweet, earthy, spicy, salty and sour that works wonders with the rich flavour and texture of good steak.
The best steak should be succulently soft, but with texture, you can sink your teeth into. Perfectly browned all over with a rich, deep brown crust that makes you salivate even before you stuff your face.
Add some zingy, tastebud-teasing chimichurri to your steak and you are truly smashing the notion of food orgasm.
Anyway, let's make this;)
How to make chimichurri
How to cook steak
Cook the perfect steak by following the simple instructions below. If you want a live run-through then hook up on Instagram and I'll explain it to you personally.
Here I'm cooking ribeye steak with chimichurri.
- Heat a large skillet with canola oil.
- Sear steak turning often until the internal temperature reaches 48C measured with a temperature probe.
- Add a knob of butter to the pan and let it brown. When done, remove and reserve along with the steak.
- Let the steak rest for 10 minutes. The temperature will rise and settle at around 55C. The perfect doneness for any steak.
- Cut the steak across the grain. Pour the brown butter over it followed by chimichurri sauce and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
If you have a BBQ or grill you could use that to cook the steak on instead.
Alternative steaks with chimichurri
I used ribeye steak for this recipe but you could also use the following cuts when making steak with chimichurri.
- Flank steak - Also known as bavette in French. Cut in thin strips across the grain of the meat. Delicious.
- Hanger steak - Also known as skirt steak. One of the cheapest tastiest steaks you'll find.
- Sirloin - Medium/high priced, juicy and worth it.
- Rump steak - From the rear of the steer. Otherwise known as a tasty piece of butt.
- Picanha - Where the back and butt meat. Excuse the pun.
- Top blade - The most tender part of the shoulder or chuck.
- Flat iron - Top blade with the central connective tissue removed.
- Filet mignon - Most tender of steaks but less flavourful and expensive.
- Prime rib or Tomahawk - Both ribeye on the bone. Tomahawk just has a longer piece of bone.
A nice full-on Malbec is what you want to drink with this chimichurri steak. Get messy and get involved. You only live once. So, treat yourself. You deserve it. Also, the following goes well with chimichurri steak.
- Sides - Make a real steakhouse style creamed spinach, this silky smooth buttery mashed potatoes or these amazing roasted Romano peppers with tapenade and mascarpone.
- Cooked greens - Healthy and simple like broccoli, bok choy or steamed spinach.
- Salad - Go for a simple green salad or make a proper greek salad or caesar salad. Iconic restaurant salads for an iconic steak.
- Sauce - The only sauce you should ever bring near a good steak is chimichurri. No mushroom sauce, cheese sauce, BBQ sauce or any of those steak sauce recipes people use to kill good steaks with. It's all about the quality and natural flavours that compliment the steak.
- Bread - You need a good crusty bread to mop up the juices. Rye sourdough or Flax wholewheat sourdough are both great. Or go Russian and make this war inspired Borodinsky rye bread.
Other recipes you might like
- Crispy BBQ pork belly
- Middle Eastern lamb chops
- Slow-roasted leg of lamb
- Sous-vide sirloin steak
- Filipino beef adobo
Useful equipment for this recipe
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