Parmesan Crusted Steak with Arugula Salad

This recipe takes the classic steak dinner and elevates it with a crunchy, flavorful Parmesan crust, transforming it into a dish that’s as visually stunning as it is delicious. The peppery bite of fresh arugula salad perfectly complements the umami and richness of the steak, creating a balanced meal that’s both indulgent and refreshing. What makes this recipe special is the play of textures and flavors – the contrast between the tender, juicy steak and the crisp Parmesan crust, paired with the simplicity of a lemon-dressed arugula salad, makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

Ingredients

Serving Size

  • Serves 4

Grocery Items Needed

  • 4 ribeye steaks (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). This high temperature is crucial for achieving that perfect Parmesan crust.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the grated Parmesan cheese, chopped thyme, and minced garlic. This mixture will be the flavorful crust for your steaks.
  3. Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Heat a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, sear the steaks for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. Generously press the Parmesan mixture onto one side of each steak, patting it down to ensure it sticks.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake for about 6-10 minutes, depending on your preferred doneness. Remember, the Parmesan crust should be golden and crispy when it’s done.
  6. While the steaks are in the oven, prepare the arugula salad. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, cherry tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Dress the salad with lemon juice and the remaining olive oil, tossing gently to coat.
  7. Once the steaks are done, let them rest for a few minutes before serving. This is a crucial step to ensure all those delicious juices stay locked in.
  8. Serve the Parmesan crusted steaks alongside the fresh arugula salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar for an added depth of flavor.

Expert Tips

  • For the best crust, use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It melts better and adheres to the steak more effectively than pre-grated cheese.
  • Don’t skip resting the steaks after they come out of the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring every bite is succulent.
  • Adjust the baking time based on the thickness of your steaks and your preferred level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer for precise cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this sumptuous dish with a full-bodied red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Shiraz, to complement the richness of the Parmesan and the savory steak. For a side, consider roasted baby potatoes or a creamy polenta to round out this luxurious meal. The simplicity of the arugula salad, with its lemony dressing, provides a refreshing counterpoint to the hearty steak, making each bite perfectly balanced.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

  • Calories: 650
  • Fat: 48g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Protein: 52g
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Fiber: 1g

Allergens: Milk (Parmesan cheese), Sulfites (Balsamic vinegar)


We hope this recipe inspires you to create a dining experience that’s both visually appealing and deeply satisfying. Don’t hesitate to share your own variations and experiences with this dish. Whether you choose to tweak the salad or experiment with different cuts of meat, each modification is an opportunity to make this recipe uniquely yours. Enjoy the process of cooking and savor each bite with friends and family.

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