Sunday, December 30, 2012

Recipe: Balsamic Steak with Garlic Zucchini (Martha Stewart)

Other than the steak with Worcestershire onions, I also tried another steak recipe from Martha Stewart's website - the balsamic steak with garlic zucchini. I love zucchini (courgette), and it went very well with the steak. However I felt that the balsamic sauce was slightly overpowering for the steak, but this is a matter of personal preference as I like to enjoy the natural flavours of the beef. My mum on the other hand thought the sweet-tangy balsamic sauce was nice and appetizing with the beef.

I would like to thank everyone who joined us in this "Cook Like Martha Stewart" bloghop. Sorry if I have not been visiting and leaving comments on your blog as I'm having a really busy month. Lastly, Happy 2013 to all!

Balsamic steak with garlic zucchini
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 - 12 minutes
Serves 3

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 medium zucchini, cut into thin half-moons
Coarse sea salt and pepper
3 x 250g striploin steaks
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and saute until zucchini is tender and browned in spots, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Clean the steaks under running water and pat dry with kitchen towel before searing to get a nice crust. Season both sides with pepper and rub with 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil. (Note: The original recipe asks to season the steak with salt before searing. However, I always season the steak with salt only after resting, in order not to draw the juices out when cooking)

3. In a large frying pan over high heat, add remaining tablespoon of oil and wait until the pan/oil is smoking hot. Place the steaks in the pan, and start your timer. Every 15-20 seconds, flip the steak. Cook to desired doneness (depending on thickness, this guide is for 1 inch thick steak) - 2 minutes each side for medium rare, 3 minutes each side for medium and 4 minutes each side for well done.

4. Transfer to plate and loosely tent with foil, and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes. Remember to season the steaks with salt before serving.

5. Discard fat from skillet, then add balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Slice steak; add any accumulated juices from steak to skillet and stir to combine. Drizzle steak with sauce and serve alongside zucchini.


I am submitting this to the "Cook Like Martha Stewart" bloghop which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Jocelyn of Riceball Eats. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from any Martha Stewart websites or cookbooks and blog hop with us for the whole month of December 2012.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in December 2012 - please do not link older posts.Please mention Cook like a Star in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Jocelyn of Riceball Eats and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

You can get the HTML code here: get the InLinkz code (Click on the link, copy and paste the HTML code into your blog post where you want the blog hop list to appear. Make sure you are in HTML mode when you paste in the code)

Happy cooking! Do check out the other bloggers recipe below:


  1. Looks really good! Medium rare, just the way I like it...

  2. Hi Yen! Good looking steak!

    Happy 2013!

  3. ooo, i have several friends who love zucchini, just like you do, but i must confess that it's one of my least favorite veggies. i generally find it doesn't add much to a recipe, and it seems just bland to me. but i guess it's another case in which i haven't learned how to appreciate its value =)

  4. Ooh, wondering how balsamic sauce would complement steak cause I like my steak au naturale like you do too! Other than that, your steaks are the spitting image of perfection as always... open restaurant please? :D

  5. Sounds like an all together yummy dish. I like balsamic vinegar with just about anything haha.

  6. What a delicious dish & I love balsamic but have not try with steak before. This is a brilliant idea of sauce . Love to try it ASAP , well,most probably next week when I cook steak! YUM! :)

  7. Balsamic sauce and steak? Interesting combination! Happy 2013! :)

  8. It looks mouth-watering! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year, Yen!

  9. Balsamic is another of those sauces that I find addictive. Give it to me sweet or savoury and I'm happy. Happy New Year Yen! Wishing you a fantastic 2013.

  10. Hi Baby Sumo! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog with the lovely wishes! I too want to wish you and your love ones a very happy 2013! BTW, that steak looks very juicy! ~drools~

  11. Wishing you and your family a blessed year ahead!

  12. this has been another great month for cook like a star. I enjoy reading everyone's post. Thanks for hosting and wishing you a very happy 2013, cheers!

  13. Delicious!
    Happy New Year!
    Best wishes for a great 2013!

  14. Hi there. Food on Friday:Zucchini is open for entries. This looks like a good one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Cheers

  15. Hi Yan,

    I'm guilty as well for doing the visiting because I had to go for the last week of Dec :p

    No worries! Good that we have good participation from this event :D


  16. I just want to say that you always share superb post which is creative and so innovative thanks for all the hard work which you put in your post.

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