Grilled fillet steak with chimichurri sauce

  • For the smoky chimichurri sauce
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp smoked hot paprika
  • 120g lightly packed parsley leaves
  • 15g fresh oregano leaves
  • 25g chopped red onion
  • 6 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chilli pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • For the steak
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 625g fillet steak, 3cm thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the sauce:
1) In a small frying pan set over medium-high heat, heat oil and paprika until oil shimmers and paprika is fragrant, about 2 to 3 mins. Remove pan from heat and let cool.

2) In the bowl of a food processor, combine parsley, oregano, red onion, garlic, and chilli pepper flakes. Pulse to chop. Add vinegar and salt; pulse, and slowly drizzle in cooled oil with machine running. Chop until sauce is emulsified and chunky.

For the steak:
1) Heat the olive oil in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak well with salt and pepper. Place steak in skillet on the fatty edge and cook until the fat has rendered into the pan and the edge is brown, about 3 mins. Turn and cook the other edge for 2 mins. Now cook the wide sides of the steak until nicely browned, about 6 mins per side for medium-rare. Remove from skillet and let rest 10 mins.

2) Slice steak thinly, and serve with chimichurri sauce.

Note: Although the chimichurri can be refrigerated for a day, the sauce is best made just before eating, as the acid in the marinade will turn the parsley army-green if it sits for more than a few hours.

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