Steak with sweet tomato onion sauce recipe

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  • Yield: 4 Servingsas part of multicourse meal


  • 2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
  • Four 1 to 1¼-in (2.5 to 3-cm)-thick steaks (top sirloin, strip), set out at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to grilling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 whole onion, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into 6 to 8 wedges each
Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • ¼ cup (65 ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
How to Make It
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
  2. Set a large frying pan over high heat. When a bead of water sizzles upon contact and immediately evaporates, add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the pan and let the oil heat up. You want the pan super hot to get the best sear as possible on the steaks.
  3. While the pan is heating, brush the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil on each side of the steaks. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and carefully lay them in the hot pan, not touching each other. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until they reach your desired level of doneness. Instant read thermometer should read 120°F (50°C) at the center of the steak for medium-rare. Remove the steaks to a plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.
  4. Return the frying pan to medium heat. You should still have some oil left in the pan. Add the garlic and onion slices and cook for 2 minutes. Push the garlic and onion slices to one side of the pan and add the tomato wedges. Cook the tomatoes 1 minute. Add the Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce and simmer until slightly thickened and the tomatoes and onions are nicely coated with the sauce.
  5. Now you’ll have to taste and adjust. How sweet and how sour is a personal preference, plus your tomato may be juicy sweet or a bit acidic (make sure you taste a bit of the tomato too).

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