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bavette steak with salsa verde

Bavette steak with salsa verde a delicious dish that all the family will enjoy. A great cut of beef that’s quick to cook and packed full of flavour.

Bavette steak with salsa verde is a simple steak dish that is packed full of flavour.

We served this bavette steak and salsa verde at our recent Supperclubs and all our guests enjoyed the dish. Many of them had not eaten this cut before but they all agreed that it was full of flavour.

We decided to serve it with an Italian marinade of balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Prior to serving to our guests we experimented with 24 and 48 hour marinating times.

After taste testing we both agreed that the 48 hour marinate made a huge difference to the finished dish and was definitely worth the extra time in preparation.

Slices of marinated bavette steak cooked medium rare on a bed of red pepper puree and a side of salsa verde with a pale blue napkin and Donald Russell steak knife in the image.

How to cook and slice bavette steak:

Bavette steak is also known as flank or skirt steak. It’s a lean cut of steak but one that’s full of meaty flavour.

However, key to enjoying this cut of steak is how you cook and cut it! Firstly, bavette should be cooked to either rare (internal temp 45-47C) or medium rare (50-52C).

If you cook this cut any further it will be too chewy and tough to eat. Once cooked, as with all steaks, it’s essential that you rest the meat for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

The second rule to cooking and enjoying bavette steak is how you cut it! It is important that when cutting bavette steak that you slice across the grain of the meat as this breaks down the muscle making it tender to eat.

If you cut it any other way you will have a very chewy piece of meat. However, follow these two simple instructions and you’ll have a lovely piece of steak.

Slices of marinated bavette steak cooked medium rare on a bed of red pepper puree and a side of salsa verde.

Alternative methods of cooking the steak:

We have used a barbecue to cook these steaks as we like the smokiness that this method of cooking adds to the dish.

However, if cooking indoors on the stove top simply get the frying pan searingly hot. Once the pan has reached temperature add some oil and fry the steaks in the pan, turning only once during the cook.

Always rest the steak as you normally would before serving.

Preparing the Salsa Verde:

We have not used a food processor to prepare the salsa verde.

Instead we cut the ingredients using a knife. This gives a rougher texture to the salsa, as you don’t want too smooth puree-like sauce.

The red wine vinegar can be substituted for some lemon juice if you would prefer, just balance the acid with the other ingredients. Certainly if serving a salsa verde with fish I would always substitute with lemon juice.

Some anchovies can be used alongside the capers to add a salty element to the salsa. Just cut back on the capers and add gradually, you don’t want an overly salty salsa verde.

Slices of marinated bavette steak cooked medium rare on a bed of red pepper puree and a side of salsa verde with a pale blue napkin and steak knife in the image.

Some other serving suggestions:

We have served bavette steak with salsa verde. However, we also added a smoked pepper puree to the dish for our Supperclub.

This addition elevated the dish to another level adding a complexity of flavours to the plate. We roasted our own peppers and cooked them with thyme leaves (remove any woody stalk), black pepper and a little vegetable stock.  Once soft and cooked through we blitzed together to make a puree.

Just ensure you drain off any excess liquid before blitzing together. You can add more in if the puree is too thick, but it’s more difficult to take away.

While we roasted the peppers, you could also use some ready roasted and skinned peppers from a jar. However, ensure you wash them thoroughly to remove any oil or vinegar.

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Our thanks to Donald Russell Butchers, who gifted us the bavette steak for use in this recipe.

Slices of marinated bavette steak cooked medium rare on a bed of red pepper puree and a side of salsa verde.

Bavette Steak with Salsa Verde

Bavette steak with salsa verde a delicious dish that all the family will enjoy. A great cut of beef that's quick to cook and packed full of flavour.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 459kcal

Ingredients

  • 720 g bavette steak (4 steaks, each weighing 180g)
  • 200 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper

Salsa Verde

  • 60 g fresh basil leaves (chopped)
  • 50 g fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp capers (drained and finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • To marinate the steak, place the balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano and black pepper in a large based dish and mix to combine. Place the 4 steaks (each weighing 180g) into the marinade and ensure they are covered with the mix. Cover the steaks and place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, but ideally for 24 hours. Turn the steaks and mix them in the marinade regularly over the course of the 24 hours to ensure even coverage. When ready to cook remove the steaks from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Salsa Verde

  • To make the salsa verde, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine. Check for taste and seasoning. Add more olive oil to the salsa if required to achieve a good consistency. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • When ready to cook remove them from the marinade and brush off any garlic or oregano that may have stuck to the meat as this will only burn when cooked at a high temperature.
  • Place the steaks to cook over a hot barbecue grill and cook for 2 minutes on the first side. Then turn and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the second side. Cook to rare and no further than medium-rare. Any further with this cut of meat and it will be tough. Cook till you reach an internal temperature of 47C. Take off the heat and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the steak has rested, cut into slices across the grain of the meat. Serve immediately on a warm plate and place a dish of salsa verde on the side. This allows everyone to add salsa to their own taste.

Notes

Bavette steak, also known as skirt is a cut of steak that should be cooked to either rare (internal temp 45-47C) or medium rare (50-52C). If you cook this cut any further it will be too chewy and tough to eat. Then ensure you rest the meat for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
It is important that when cutting bavette steak that you slice across the grain of the meat as this breaks down the muscle making it tender to eat.
Nutrition Facts
Bavette Steak with Salsa Verde
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 711mg20%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 1880IU38%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Italian
Keyword : Easy, Quick, Simple
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4.80 from 5 votes (3 ratings without comment)

Michael Hayes

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I’m a great lover of bavette so was looking forward to this marinated version. As always the beef was beautifully tender. The salsa verde was a revelation chopped to retain some texture. I marinated the beef for a full 48 hours and sadly the delicious flavour of the bavette was masked by the intensity of the marinade, notably the sweetness from the 200ml of balsamic vinegar. I will try it again With red wine vinegar in the marinade and increase the ratio of oil to vinegar. Maybe marinade for a few hours rather than two days. It’s interesting that nobody else had this response. It could be down to our individual tastes and preferences. Thanks for the recipes I’ll try more and give you feedback.

Lesley

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Thank you for your comments Michael. This particular recipe was one we used at our Supperclubs and it proved popular with our guests. However, I always say that recipes are there to provide a guide only and you should adapt to how you like to eat. I think your ideas of using red wine vinegar, in place of the balsamic would work a treat. Also cutting down on the marinade time will make a big difference too. I'm glad you liked our salsa verde, I like to keep a little texture to the sauce. Lesley

Steaks Meat

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Thanks for sharing baguette steak salsa Verde recipe online with like the recipe nutrition facts so much one of best and tasted food along with all the diet managements. Thumbs Ups!

Lesley

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Thank you, bavette is one of my favourite steaks to cook with. Full and flavour and great when cooked quick like this. Lesley

Jacqui Bellefontaine

Monday 11th of November 2019

This recipe sounds delicious . Ive not heard ot Bavette Steak before although I do know flank/skirt which is a cut I like to use for steak pies so Im really I am really interested to try this as a steak.

Lesley

Monday 11th of November 2019

Thank you Jacqui. It’s a great cut and tastes delicious. You just have to be careful to cook it medium rare and slice across the grain. This is one of my favourite cuts, definitely worth a try. Lesley x

louise Gunstone

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

I love this post. I'm such a big fan of simple dishes and this is perfect. But what I also love is using cheaper cuts and if you know how to prepare them, then you can have an amazing meal. This tells you how to do it and importantly, how to cut it :)

Lesley

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Thank you Louise, I agree totally with you. I love using cheaper cuts, they’ve often so much flavour, you just need to know how to cook it. Lesley x

4.80 from 5 votes (3 ratings without comment)