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Sirloin steaks with tomato, ricotta and quick onion pickle

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast recipe for sirloin steaks with tomato, ricotta and quick onion pickle.

By Emma Knowles
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Sirloin steaks with tomato, ricotta and quick onion pickle


  • 4 beef sirloin steaks (about 200gm each), at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp oregano, plus extra to serve
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus extra to serve
  • 4 vine-ripened or small oxheart tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 200 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100 gm firm ricotta, coarsely crumbled
Quick onion pickle
  • 2 Spanish onions, sliced into thick rounds
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • 1
    Place steaks in a non-reactive oven dish and set aside. Pound oregano, garlic, lemon rind and 1 tsp sea salt in a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste. Add lemon juice, oil and vinegar, season to taste, then pour mixture over steaks, turn steaks to coat and stand to marinate (20 minutes).
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for quick onion pickle, preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Lightly brush onion and barbecue with oil, then grill onion, turning occasionally, until tender and browned (3-4 minutes). Transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients and set aside.
  • 3
    Drain steaks from marinade and grill, turning once, until cooked to your liking (2-3 minutes each side for medium-rare) then set aside on serving plates to rest (5 minutes).
  • 4
    Place tomato on plates, scatter with ricotta and extra oregano and drizzle with extra oil and vinegar to taste. Serve with steaks topped with quick onion pickle.