Griddled steak with chilli and lime butter and sweet potato fries

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Is there anything more satisfying than a simple steak dinner? The trick to cooking a great steak is to have the right pan. You need a heavy-based pan or griddle pan to get the best results. You need the pan to get really hot, and stay hot, to sear the meat on the outside but leave it juicy inside.

TRY THIS: Store the leftover flavoured butter in the freezer and then simply cut off a slice as you need it – brilliant to jazz up steamed new potatoes or served with grilled fish.

Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 2 adults
for the chilli and lime butter
100g butter, softened
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled and bashed
for the steaks
2 striploin steaks
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped or ½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1tsp lime zest
For the fries
4 sweet potatoes, cut into 1cm chips
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper
freshly cracked salt and pepper


To make the butter, simply combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and beat with a spoon to combine. Then spoon the butter out onto a sheet of cling film and roll it into a tight log, about 3cm in diameter. Store in the fridge.


Heat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Place the raw sweet potato chips in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, then sprinkle over the paprika, season well with salt and pepper and throw in the whole garlic cloves. Toss until well coated, then spread the chips out on a lightly oiled baking tray. Make sure the chips are laid out flat and not piled on top of each other. Roast in the hot oven for 35 minutes or until golden and crisped up, tossing halfway through cooking.


When the chips have ten minutes cooking time left, rub the olive oil into the steaks and season well with lots of freshly ground pepper and a little salt. Place a heavy-based pan over a high heat and heat the pan until smoking hot. Add the steaks and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, for medium rare, give them another minute per side if you prefer a more well done steak. Allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes.


Serve the steaks with a slice of chilli and lime butter on top and a portion of sweet potato fries and a green salad on the side.