How to make a politically correct steak

Grass Feed Steak with Pan-Seared cherry tomatoes and basil
Adapted from Gourmet

3 tbsp olive oil
2 1 ½ inch thick Porterhouse Steaks or beef loin (about 1 ¼ lb each)
4 tablespoons of kosher salt
6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced length wise.
4 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups coarsely torn, fresh basil leaves

Bring steaks to room temperature one hour before cooking. Rub with Kosher sea salt.

Preheat gas grill (on high) for about 10-15 minutes.

Put steaks directly on grill. Cover and don’t touch. Depending on the thickness of the steak, cooking time should be between 5-10 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook! After about 5-6 minutes, check the internal temperature of the steak with a meat thermometer. The thermometer should be inserted into the center of the thickest part, away from bone, fat and gristle.

When the center of the steak reaches 130 degrees F, you’re ready to flip over your steak for a perfect medium rare. 145 degrees F for medium. 150-155 medium well. 160 degrees F for Well done. For more information on cooking temps go .

Finish cooking the 2nd side (it should be about equal to the same amount of time for the first half of cooking). Put the steak on serving platter and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Heat over meium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the garlic and sauté until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel or plate. Add tomatoes to hot oil (be careful! Oil will spatter!), then lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook, covered and stir occasionally, until tomatoes start to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in any meat juices from the serving dish. Scatter basil over tomatoes and then serve over steak.

To really bring this dish up and over the top, serve it with Zuni Cafe’s salsa verde.

Salsa Verde
Adapted from Zuni Cafe Cookbook

½ cup tightly packed, chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup mint (de-stemmed)
1 tablespoon capers (rinsed and dried between towels)
1 tablespoon chopped anchovies (packed in salt or oil)
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sliced and chopped almonds
½ to ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon (remove the zest. Finely chop. Reserve juice)

Combine the parsley, mint, capers, zest, onion and a few pinches of salt, pepper or chili flakes to taste. Add half of the olive oil. Stir, then taste for seasoning. Add more oil and salt to taste. Since salt doesn’t dissolve right way, give the salt a bit of time to dissolve before you add more. Stir in rest of ingredients. Transfer mixture to a container that minimizes exposure to the air.

Don’t refrigerate, but set in a cool spot until needed. Refrigerate leftovers!


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Brooke Burton is an Los Angeles-based restaurant professional and hospitality expert. She is a freelance food writer, speaker, and co-author of The Food Blog Code of Ethics.

One Comment

  1. Rosie
    July 19

    I found your blog several days ago (through a link on, I believe), and have just finished reading all the archives. It’s very inspiring, and the photos are lovely. Thank you for posting such wonderful food experiences!

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