Okay, so to be honest, I could probably just live on chicken. There are so many different things you can do with it, it’s always my go-to when I’m cooking. But sometimes I just need something completely different!
I’ve always struggled with steak — my boyfriend is an amazing cook and he’s pretty much a pro at steak, so until recently I never had a reason to try my hand at cooking it. This steak, though… my grill pan is finally perfectly seasoned, so it added an almost buttery flavor to the steak. The cook was perfect, as I finally found the best way to cook a steak (in my opinion), and the dry rub was flavorful yet not at all overwhelming to the meat. As usual, I took this for meal prep and felt like a queen every day on my lunch break!
- Two 1/2 lb. steaks (I used sirloin, but flank or strip would work well, too)
- 1/2 teaspoon Arizona Dreaming by Penseys Spices (if you can’t find this, use your favorite salt-Free Southwestern spice mix or this one!)
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dark roast coffee
- Heaping 1/4 teaspoon organic brown sugar (Optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Cooking oil/fat of choice
- Remove steak from any refrigeration and place on counter to come to room temperature. While it’s coming to temperature, mix all of the spices in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Add dry rub spices to your steaks — use one quarter of the rub for each side of the steak. Press the rub into the steak to make sure that it adheres.
- Heat a seasoned cast iron grill pan over high heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of your cooking oil/fat of choice. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side over high heat to create a char on the outside of the meat, then reduce heat to medium and cook 3-4 minutes on each side again to bring internal temperature up. I like my steak medium-to-medium-well, so if you like yours cooked differently, adjust the time accordingly. Allow steak to rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Slice steak into thin strips and serve with your side of choice — I steamed some broccoli and seasoned with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
Looking for more Southwestern flavors? Try our Zesty Paleo Turkey Meatballs for a quick and easy flavor-packed protein!