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Garlic buttered steaks with piri piri fries

Published: July 6, 2016 at 9:07 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • A little effort
  • Serves 2

What could be better than garlic buttered steaks and piri piri fries? This'll make enough butter for 6-8 steaks, so invite a crowd, or freeze any left-over

  • Gluten free

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards


  • 100g salted butter, softened
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested plus 1 tbsp juice
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 rump or sirloin or hanger steaks
  • sunflower oil
  • to serve green salad or mashed avocado
  • 500g potatoes, skin-on
  • ¼ tsp crushed dried chillies
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano


  • STEP 1

    To make the flavoured butter, put the softened butter, garlic, spring onion, lemon zest and juice in a small food processor or blender and pulse to a finely chopped mix. Mash in the chopped parsley, then lay out a sheet of baking paper and spoon the butter into a log shape on it. Roll up the paper around the butter into a smooth cylinder. Put in the fridge if you’re not using it for a few hours to become hard again, if not, put it in the freezer to firm it up quickly.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spread the fries on a large baking sheet (or two). Mix together all the fry spices, then stir in 11/2 tbsp sunflower oil. Drizzle the spiced oil all over the fries and toss to make sure everything is coated. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway to crisp all sides.

  • STEP 3

    When the fries are almost done, heat a frying pan over a high heat, and rub the steaks with 1 tbsp sunflower oil and some salt and pepper. Fry the steaks for 1-3 minutes on each side, turning only once, to cook to your liking. When the steaks are almost done, add a heaped teaspoon of the flavoured butter to the pan, and, as it melts, use it to baste the steaks. Lift the steaks onto a plate to rest for a few minutes, basting with the butter again.

  • STEP 4

    Season the fries with salt and divide between two plates. Add a steak to each, top with more flavoured butter, and serve with salad leaves, mashed avocado and more lemon juice to dress.

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