Black and Blue Beef

Nigella Lawson prepares a classic steak New York style: charred on the outside, and quiveringly rare within
By Nigella Lawson
Black and Blue Beef
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus marinating
  • Effort: easy



  • 1 rump beef steaks, 4cm thick, approx. 1.5kg in weight

For the marinade:

  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2.5 cm ginger, fresh, minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 pinches pepper
  • 4 spring onions, chopped roughly


1. Put the steaks in a large freezer bag and add all the marinade ingredients.

2. Tie the bag expelling any air, and squidge everything around before leaving in the fridge overnight (or even for a day or so) or for at least an hour at room temperature.

3. Grill on a viscously hot barbecue or on a griddle. I like to do not much more than blacken the outside (which means about 5 minutes per side) but you, of course, should cook this just as long as you like.

4. Leave to stand for a few minutes before carving into thin slices.

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