Steak with Herb & Chilli Oil

Steak with Herb & Chilli Oil

I’m always trying to come up with fresh new ways to dress up a simple steak and salad. This herb and chilli oil is my latest favourite. Love how it adds so much freshness with so little effort.

I’ve used coriander / cilantro but feel free to play around with other herbs. Parsley is great if you want something neutral and fresh. Or choose basil if it’s summer time and you’re after a flavour explosion!

Steak with Herb & Chilli Oil

Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 2 steaks
  • 2 small fresh chillies
  • 1 bunch coriander cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • baby spinach or salad leaves, to serve


  1. Preheat a frying pan, griddle pan or your BBQ until super hot. Rub steaks with a little oil and sprinkle with salt. Cook steaks on a very high heat for 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking.
  2. While the steak is cooking, finely chop chilli (remove seeds if you are heat sensitive) and coriander / cilantro. Place in a small bowl and stir in the lemon, oil and a big pinch of salt. Taste and season with more lemon, salt or chilli if needed.
  3. Place cooked steaks on two plates. Drizzle over the herby oil and add spinach / salad leaves. Stand for a few minutes to rest (while you pour yourself a nice glass of vino).

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WINE MATCH: A gutsy red like a Shiraz or Zinfandel.

Variations & Substitutions for Steak with Herb & Chilli Oil

different herbs – parsley, basil, oregano or mint are all good. As are any combination of the above.

different chilli – dried chilli flakes or crumbled whole dried chilli can also be used.

carb-lovers – serve with roast or boiled potatoes.

vegetarian – serve the chilli oil with pan fried halloumi, mushrooms or eggplant / aubergine.

different meat – the spicy herby oil is also great with chicken, lamb chops or pork.

more veg – serve with roast or pan fried veg like eggplant, zucchini or capsicum / bell peppers.

budget – use burgers instead of the steak.

limey – use lime juice and the zest of 1 lime instead of the lemon.

smoother oil – puree in a food processor or stick blender.

Prepare Ahead

Best when served fresh. You could make the herby oil a few hours in advance but the coriander / cilantro will start to brown.

Steak with Herb & Chilli Oil

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Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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One Comment

  • Aaaah Jules! I love your work, thank you.
    But let me share with you how I now cook steak thanks to advice from my local Wagyu butcher.
    Put the steak into a COLD pan with generous olive oil, salt and pepper. Set the heat to high-medium and leave for eight minutes. Flip for 30 – to 60 seconds and serve.
    Try it…. You’ll be amazed!

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