Chimichurri steak platter recipe! Pan fried steak sliced into tender, juicy strips and served with fragrant chimichurri sauce. Make this steak platter and fabulous Argentinian dressing in just over 30 minutes. Perfect for a Saturday night in with a posh steak dinner.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and make sure steaks are out of the fridge and coming up to room temperature. Prepare the potatoes by slicing into 2cm cubes (skins can be left on). Place the cubed potatoes in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon dried rosemary. Toss together and mix well then transfer onto a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Check and turn half way through cooking.
While the rosemary potatoes are cooking, prepare the chimichurri dressing. Finely chop the fresh parsley, fresh coriander, basil leaves, red chilli and garlic. Place all the chopped ingredients on the same chopping board.
Use the knife blade to start to bring together all the chopped ingredients. Continue to chop whilst mixing the herbs until everything is well minced together.
Transfer the chopped herbs, chilli and garlic to a small bowl and add 4 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar.
Mix the oil and vinegar into the herbs. Add more oil to loosen the sauce further if necessary. Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Start to prepare steak when there is 15 minutes left on the timer for the rosemary potatoes. Place a large griddle pan or frying pan on a high heat. Prep the rump steak by drizzling both sides with olive oil and seasoning well. Then use your fingers to rub the oil and seasoning into the meat.
Once the pan is hot place the rump steaks in the pan, they should sizzle immediately. Leave to cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes.
Turn over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side (rare – medium), adjust the time according to your preferences. Once cooked transfer to a chopping board and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Slice the steak and serve alongside the rosemary potatoes and chimichurri dressing.
Remove steaks from fridge at least an hour before you cook them so that they are at room temperature.
Use fresh herbs for the chimichurri sauce to make sure the dressing is full of flavour and colour.
To save time whiz up the chimichurri ingredients in a small food processor or blender rather than chopping. However, chopping is a best way to really experience all the fantastic aromas!
Whats the best steak to use for this recipe? When pan frying a steak I always opt for rump steak. Rump tends to be marbled with more fat so resulting in a rich and full flavoured steak. Rump steaks are also bigger and better value (and better for feeding hungry mouths!).How to cook the perfect steak? The recipe above gives the times for a rare-medium steak. You can adjust this depending on how well done you like your meat. (2 mins on each side for rare and 6 mins on each side for well done).
For a perfect steak make sure the pan is hot and that the the rump steaks are seasoned and rubbed with oil. Once in the pan try not to touch the steaks or move around until you are ready to turn. Check how well-done they are by pushing on the meat with your finger, the firmer the meat the more cooked in the middle. Always remember to rest the steaks for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.Can this recipe be made in advance? The chimichurri sauce can be made in advance and refrigerated. The potatoes can be chopped and seasoned ready for the oven. The steak can be brought out of the fridge an hour or two before cooking in order to bring up to room temperature. If you really want to save time later you could bake the cubed potatoes, cool and refrigerate, and then just reheat in the oven for 5 minutes or so when you're ready for them.What to serve with Chimichurri steak? As well as serving this steak platter with some delicious rosemary potatoes or Foil Pack Potatoes, I also love to serve a massive bowl of Mango Avocado Salad on the side. The creamy avocado flesh goes so well with the steak and spicy chimichurri dip. If you decide to have the avocado salad make you cut the avocado just before you serve the meal. This will keep the avocado nice and fresh and stop it turning brown. Or use another one of my easy avocado recipes as an accompaniment.