4 Lean beef sirloin or rump steaks
For the Marinade
2 x 15mlsp (2tbsp) Dark soy sauce
2 x 15mlsp Sunflower Oil
2cm (¾") Piece of fresh root ginger, grated
½ x 5mlsp (½tsp) Brown sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
For the Tomato and Rocket Salad
450g (1lb) Assorted small British tomatoes e.g. baby plum, cherry or cocktail on the vine
1 x 5mlsp (1tsp) Balsamic vinegar or a squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
70g (2½oz) Rocket
Place the steaks in a shallow dish. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and season with black pepper. Pour the marinade over the steaks, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or overnight.
Slice the small tomatoes in half and the larger ones into quarters. Toss in the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Combine the rocket with the tomatoes.
Brush a heavy-based frying pan or ridged griddle with oil and heat until smoking.
Fry the steaks for 2½ - 6 minutes per side, depending upon preference to the degree of pinkness of the steak. See guidelines above.
Serve the steaks on a bed of the tomato and rocket salad, accompanied with crusty bread.
Tip This is a great barbecue recipe. The longer the steaks are marinated the more intense the ginger flavour.
Guideline cooking time for steaks
Rare = 5 minutes
Medium = 8 minutes
Well done = 12 minutes
Did You Know?
In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.