Scotch Fillet Steaks with Eggplant Quinoa Salad

scotch steak

Serves: 4  |  Preparation Time: 15 mins  |   Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
4 x 180g Tasman scotch fillet steaks, fat trimmed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
Zest and juice of 1 lemon + extra wedges, to serve
Eggplant Quinoa Salad
1 large eggplant
2 x 250g packets microwave brown rice & quinoa
1 tbsp caramelised balsamic vinegar
4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
¼ cup coriander leaves
80g goats cheese, crumbled
1 pomegranate, seeds separated


Method:
  1. Cut a few slits in eggplant and place directly over a gas flame using tongs (see tip if you don't have a gas flame). Cook for 10 minutes, rotating every few minutes as the skin chars and eggplant softens. Place on a tray and slice in half lengthways. Scoop flesh into a sieve set over a bowl and allow to drain for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat a char-grill pan or barbecue to high. Brush steaks lightly with half the oil, season then sprinkle oregano, cumin, fennel and lemon zest over steaks. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking, brushing steaks with half the lemon juice while cooking to prevent spice rub burning. Remove steaks from heat, loosely cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare quinoa and rice according to packet instructions. Place in a large bowl. Finely chop drained eggplant and add to bowl with remaining oil, balsamic vinegar and remaining lemon juice, stirring until combined. Stir through tomato, cucumber, coriander, goats cheese and half the pomegranate seeds. Season and top with remaining pomegranate seeds.
  4. Serve steaks with eggplant quinoa salad and lemon wedges.


Tips:

  1. You can use whatever type of tomatoes you like in this salad – cherry, truss or grape.
  2. Scotch fillet steak is sometimes called boneless rib eye or rib fillet. This steak is one of the most popular steaks. It’s juicy, tender and full of flavour.
  3. Only buy steaks of an even thickness to ensure they cook evenly.
  4. To remove pomegranate seeds, cut pomegranate in half, gently break off pieces of pomegranate and ease seeds out.
  5. Best beef cuts for barbecuing: fillet/tenderloin, rib eye/scotch fillet, sirloin/porterhouse/New York, T-bone, and rump.
  6. If you don't have a gas flame, you can roast your eggplant in the oven. Simply halve it lengthways, drizzle with oil and roast at 200°C until very tender.
Results may vary.