Steak with pizzaiola sauce

Steak with pizzaiola sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 8 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins

Skill level



Serves 2

Try this recipe for a melt-in-the mouth steak with simple Italian sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300-350g/10oz-12oz beef steak, such as sirloin, rump or ribeye, about 2cm/¾in thick

For the sauce

  • 250g vine-ripened tomatoes, or 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 fat garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch dried oregano or marjoram
  • 6 large basil leaves, roughly torn

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  1. Make the sauce. If using fresh tomatoes, roughly chop them. Place in a pan with the garlic, oil, oregano or marjoram and season to taste. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins, stirring once or twice. Take off the heat, stir in the basil, then set aside.
  2. When ready to serve, heat a heavy-based frying pan until you can feel a strong heat rising. Smear the oil on both sides of the steak and season each side. Slap the steak into the centre of the pan and adjust the heat to medium-high. Cook for 6 mins, turning halfway through – this is for medium rare. For a medium steak, allow 7-8 mins in total, allow 8-10 mins for well done.
  3. Remove from the pan to a warm platter and leave to stand for 5 mins. Cut in two and serve drizzled with any juices and topped with the sauce.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2005

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nicropolis's picture
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Rubbish recipe - has nothing to do with a proper pizzaiola sauce except for the tomatoes and the oregano, but you need a lot more than a teeny pinch of it and marjoram does not work. I do not understand why whoever wrote this recipe could not be bothered to look it up on google italia. You need capers and black olives to make a pizzaiola sauce, plus optional garlic. But I suppose it is all one can expect from people who think that grated cheddar cheese is a good accompaniment for pasta. Doubtless with chips!

thekev's picture
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Was quite good alternative for steak but doubt i'll make it again.

placebo_effect's picture
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It wasn't great because I overcooked the steak but this is not the fault of the recipe. The sauce had a nice flavour but I felt like this dish needed something else with it to complete it.