Pan Fried Medium Steak with Rocket and Tomato Salad
There is nothing like a steak dinner that allows the meat to shine on the plate. All that is needed with it is a simple, lightly dressed salad. One great meal that encompasses these characteristics is a pan fried medium steak with a tomato and rocket salad. The steak is juicy, simply seasoned, and has a nice crust on the outside. The salad has a nice peppery taste as a result of the rocket, sweetness from the tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette made with olive oil to dress the salad. The steak will be restaurant quality and the salad is light and fresh with a very satisfying depth of flavor. The first thing to do is focus on making a perfect pan fried medium steak.
Steak Ingredients (Serves 1)
1 Sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick
Salt, to taste
Coarse ground black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic granules or powder
Bring the steak to room temperature.
Season steak liberally on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic.
Heat a large skillet over high heat.
When skillet is hot add about 1 tablespoon of butter into the non stick pan.
Immediately place strip steak on top of the butter (the butter helps to create a nice crust on the exterior).
Allow to sear for about 3 minutes undisturbed.
Turn over and cook for 3-4 more minutes for a medium rare steak.
Remove from skillet.
Allow to rest (resting helps retain juices).
While the steak is resting gather your ingredients for the salad which are:
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup rocket
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Halve cherry tomatoes.
In a large bowl combine tomatoes and rocket.
Make a quick dressing by whisking olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Add to salad and toss to coat. Season with a bit more salt and pepper if desired.
Now that your steak is rested and the salad is ready, slice and serve on top of salad.