My Perfect Steak & Onion Rings Recipe

I promised Matt that I would be sure to include the way I cook his steak with onion rings on my recipes page. We’ve tried all kinds of steak for this, but we’ve agreed that a nice juicy sirloin or rib-eye steak is best.

From several men that I have spoken to, my husband is apparently a lucky fella. A woman who knows how to cook a steak to perfection is apparently to be cherished!

I always remove the fatty rind from my steak. Personally, I find it gives the steak a less greasy, more luxurious flavour. Try it and see what works for you.

My onion rings are made with a simplified tempura batter. Since making them the first time, my onion rings have become rather popular. I tried making them with a beer batter like I used for cod and I found this worked just as well. The ingredients are also a lot cheaper and the result is just as good!

For this recipe, you will need:

The Steak


  • One 8 oz Sirloin steak, fat removed
  • 1 tsp finely ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp clarified butter
  • A little flour

You will also need

  • A griddle pan
  • Tongs or a spatula
  • A clock, or a good sense of time!
  • A pastry brush

The method

  • Combine the salt and pepper and season the steak generously on both sides.
  • Melt the butter in the griddle pan. When a pinch of flour bubbles in the pan, it is ready.
  • Fry the steak in the centre of the pan for 2 minutes thirty seconds. Flip and fry on the other side for another 2 minutes and thirty seconds. It will be brown on the outside, but perfectly medium-rare in the centre.
  • Allow the steak to rest for a minute or two while you prepare the plate. Brush with the melted butter and juices before serving.

The onion rings


  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp plain white flour
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Sunflower oil

You will also need;

  • A small bowl
  • A fork
  • A small frying pan
  • A plate
  • Kitchen roll (for draining)

The Method

  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  • Generously fill a small frying pan to 1/3 full with sunflower oil.
  • Add the water to the flour mixture and whisk with a fork. The mixture should resemble heavy cream. Do not worry if some small lumps remain, If the mixture is too thick, add a few more drops of water and whisk again.
  • Test the oil by allowing a small amount of batter to drip into the oil. If it bubbles and floats after a few seconds, the oil is ready.
  • Dip the onion rings into the batter and allow any surplus to run off. They don’t need a thick coating as the batter will bubble in the oil.
  • Fry the rings for a minute or two either side, until golden. When they are ready, transfer them to a plate lined with kitchen roll to drain.

To serve, place the steak on a warmed plate, pile the onion rings on top of the steak and serve with plenty of thick cut chips, mushrooms and peas.

Buon appetito!

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