Thursday, February 23, 2023

Weeknight Wonders: Garlic Lime Marinated Steak with Oven Fries and Spinach Salad

Simple, Healthy, and Tasty!  3 of my favorite things about this easy Garlic Lime Marinated Steak served with a side of spicy oven fries and a fresh spinach salad.  Weeknight heaven!

Garlic Lime Marinated Steak with Oven Fries and Spinach Salad

Do you love weeknight meals that don't take much time or effort?  I've got you covered with this wonderful steak and potato meal.  We start with a lime and garlic dressing that does double duty as a steak sauce and the base for the salad dressing.  The bright flavors work well with the warm steak giving it a little zip.  The fries are jazzed up as well with a chorizo chili spice blend, making this weeknight dish quick, easy, and tasty!

With a cooking time around 30 minutes you will have this meal on the table in no time.  This meal was a meal I ordered from Marley Spoon and it was so good that I adapted it and am sharing it with you. The recipe serves 2 people but feel free to double it to feed 4 servings.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • 1 large russet potato
  • chorizo chili spice blend (I like this one or this one) (see kitchen tips below for a homemade version)
  • fresh cilantro
  • 2 small sirloin steaks or 1 large steak
  • baby spinach
  • fresh lime
  • garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • salt & pepper

Substitutions and Variations

  • Change up the cut of steak, New York strip would be a good choice
  • Add veggies of your choosing to the simple spinach salad
  • Try sweet potato fries instead

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Here's a quick recipe to make your own chorizo spice blend:  2 tablespoons ancho chili powder, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 1 tablespoon oregano 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • Preheating the sheet pan ensures you get extra crispy oven fries
  • You will need a heavy skillet like this cast iron one for the steaks.
  • You will need a rimmed baking sheet such as this one for the oven fries.

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Garlic Lime Marinated Steak with Oven Fries and Spinach Salad

serves 2

1 large russet potato
1 teaspoon chorizo chili spice blend
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt & pepper 
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 small sirloin steaks or 1 large steak
2 3/4 cups baby spinach

1 lime
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to preheat the pan with the oven.  Wash the potato and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick fries.  Place in a large bowl and toss with chorizo chili spice blend, olive oil (2 teaspoons) and season with some salt and pepper.  

Remove baking sheet from the oven and place the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer.  Bake until tender and browned about 16-18 minutes.  

Prepare the dressing in a medium bowl adding 1 tablespoon of lime juice from 1/2 of the lime, garlic, olive oil, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Whisk to combine.  Remove 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing to a large bowl.  Reserve the remaining dressing for later.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Pat your steaks dry with a paper towel, then rub lightly with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper.  Cook until medium 5-6 minutes per side (or until desired doneness).  Transfer the steaks to the medium bowl with the lime garlic dressing.  Turning to coat.

Remove potatoes from the oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  Add spinach to the large bowl with the reserved lime garlic dressing and toss to coat.  

Thinly slice steaks across the grain and place on plates.  Spoon some of the dressing over the top of the steaks.  Add fries and spinach salad to the plates.  Cut any remaining lime into wedges and serve alongside.

source: adapted from Marley Spoon

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