Recipe | Sirloin steak with courgette ribbons

Sirloin steak with courgette ribbons, garnished with sesame seeds, chilli and coriander
I’m a firm believer that sometimes the simplest recipes and ideas are the tastiest. In fact, I see it as a challenge to create something incredible with just a handful of ingredients – like this beautiful Asian-inspired recipe. All you need is a couple of steaks and courgettes and then a cupboardful of staples for the marinade. It’s also a super quick recipe – easily made in 15 minutes – and most of that time is spent marinating.

I love steak and the flavours in this dish are delicious. It’s a fairly typical Asian marinade that can also easily be found online. Trust me when I say looks are deceiving and this is surprisingly filling. You’ll want to make it in an instant!

The recipe serves 2 but can easily be halved/doubled to suit. Just ensure you use one steak and one small courgette per person – and experiment with the marinade, if you like.

Ingredients
  • 2 sirloin steaks
  • 2 small courgettes (or one large courgette)
For the dressing
  • 2 tbs sugar 
  • 4 tbs water 
  • 4 tbs soy sauce (I use reduced salt) 
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 
  • 1 tbs sesame oil 
  • Juice of 1 clementine
To garnish
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds 
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped (or 1 tsp coriander leaf) – optional 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes – optional
Method
  • Leave the steaks at room temperature for 10 minutes prior to cooking 
  • Cut the courgettes lengthways in half, and use a peeler or mandolin to cut thin slices/ribbons 
  • Make the dressing by heating the sugar and water in a small pan and stir until dissolved. Add the soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and clementine juice. Stir and transfer to a bowl. Set aside 
  • Soak the courgette for 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate. Place the steaks in the marinade and leave for 5 minutes 
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan/griddle and cook the steaks to your liking (I went for 2-3 minutes each side) 
  • Place the steak on top of the courgette and garnish

I got this recipe years ago from a card at Waitrose – but I couldn’t find it anywhere online. This was the first time I made it, but it was such a success, I had to share it on the blog and I’ll definitely be making it again. You could always swap the steak for chicken breasts or boneless thighs!

Please let me know if you try this recipe or any of my others. If youre sharing on Instagram, use the hashtag #LoveLucyRecipe so I can take a look at your creations.

Love, Lucy xx 

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