Sizzled Skirt Steaks - Fast Thrifty Main
Skirt is a brilliant thrifty cut. While you wouldn’t serve it up as a like-for-like replacement for sirloin or ribeye, the cut can be cooked like such steaks and then sliced thinly (once the meat has rested) and bundled into a tortilla wrap fajita style, sandwiched between warmed ciabatta, salad a dollop of mayo or chilli sauce or draped over a salad be it a pile of leaves or a mound of grains like quinoa mixed with lots of fresh herbs. Jacob's Ladder Farms sells biodynamic meat from lots of small farms in East Sussex.
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- 1 Steak (skirt, sirloin or ribeye) per person
- Here’s a great guide for cooking the perfect steak be it skirt or a more luxurious ribeye.
- 1/ Take your steak out of the fridge 15 mins before cooking, thus warming to room temp. This meaning less cooking time and more even cooking. Massage a drizzle of olive oil into the steaks. Season well.
- 2/ Get your pan really, really hot. Test it: place your hand 1cm above the base of the pan, if you can feel the heat, it's ready.
- 3/ Add a lump of butter (about 1 tsp per steak) or a gloss of oil to the pan. Butter adds loads of flavour.
- 4/ Press your steaks into the pan. Let them stay there for a full minute before moving them.
- 5/ Give the pan a shake to ensure the steaks aren't sticking. Let them cook for another minute or so – less if it's a minute steak, more for thicker cuts like rump. Check. Once they're golden brown and caramelised, flip.
- 6/ Season the cooked side. Let the bottom side cook for a minute or so. Check the colour and 'doneness' (see notes below).
- 7/ If your steak has a fatty rind, press it into the pan and cook until the fat melts and the rind becomes golden and crisp.
- 8/ Now the vital part, let your steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it. The rest helps to lock in all the moisture.
- A handy tip to test the doneness - by feeling the texture of the fleshy bit of your hand below the thumb.
- If the steak feels the same as that when you pinch your index finger and thumb together it's rare. Thumb to middle finger = medium rare. Thumb to ring finger = medium to well. Thumb to pinky = well-done
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