If you want your grilled steaks to match what you get from your local steakhouse bar & grill establishments, you may want to prepare a delicious steak sauce. The best steaks don’t need any sauce to delight your taste buds but sometimes they can bring out the flavor of the steaks quite well.
So it’s a good thing that making steak sauces doesn’t take too much time and effort. Here are some of your easiest options:
- Spicy chimichurri. This is a steak sauce that is highly popular in South America. It’s like salsa verde, except that it’s a bit spicier. It also only needs 5 minutes to prepare. All you need is a small food processor in which you’ll place 1 red chili, 1 clove of garlic, a tiny bunch of parsley, a bit of coriander, and 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. Turn on the processor until the ingredients are finely chopped, and then stop awhile to add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil. Turn on the processor again until you’ve got your sauce. Put in a bit of seasoning and store it in the fridge until serving.
- Salsa verde. This well-known Mexican green sauce can be prepared in just a quarter of an hour. You first have to chop a small bunch of mint, chives, and parsley into smaller bits and then place them in a bowl. You can then mix in a crushed glove of garlic, 2 or 3 chopped anchovies, and a teaspoon of capers. Add the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix everything well, and then season it to taste.
- Quick red wine sauce. This is a standard sauce you can find in plenty of bistros but you can prepare it for your home. You need a saucepan, into which you pour in about 250ml of beef stock. Cook it until it’s reduced by half. Stop for a moment so you can add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons of dark brown sugar, and 125 ml of red wine. Cook it again until the volume is once again reduced by half. That should take about 10 minutes or so. Season it to taste and it’s ready to serve.
- Lightning fast mustard sauce. This only takes 10 minutes to prepare and that’s because you only have 2 ingredients to worry about. You just need 100g of crème fraiche mixed with 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Mix these in a saucepan and heat them gently until they’re simmering. Season it to taste and you’re good to go.
- Teriyaki sauce. If you’re serving Japanese steaks, then this should be very complementary. It balances the savory and sweet tastes nicely. For this, you will have to mix half a teaspoon of ginger, 2 tablespoons of mirin, 3 tablespoons of sake, and 5 tablespoons of soy sauce. You then grate with a teaspoon of honey. Put everything into a small saucepan and then cook it to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Once it has thickened slightly, take it away from the heat and put in a sliced spring onion while stirring. Season it to taste and it’s ready.
Again, keep in mind that you must go easy on the sauces. The point of having steak is to enjoy the taste of the meat. You must make sure that you don’t overpower that taste with your sauces. Just use a dab every now and then and you’re good to go.
This article was updated on 4-21-2018