The perfect steak

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes plus resting
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes

Serves: 1


1 sirloin steak, about 200g
1 tsp olive oil
knob of unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, skin-on, lightly flattened
1 thyme or rosemary sprig


1 Take the steak out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and allow to come to room temperature.

2 Heat a heavy-based griddle pan or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Drizzle the steak on both sides with oil and season generously with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Using tongs to hold the steak upright, cook the fatty edge of the steak in the hot pan until golden then lay the steak down and cook for 1½ -2 minutes on each side until nicely browned.

4. After 2 minutes, add the butter, garlic and herb sprig to the pan and baste the steak, turning it every minute or so until it's done to your liking. Transfer to a warm plate and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving with pink peppercorn sauce [recipe link here].