Grilled Steak with Tahini Sauce and Charred Tomatoes

Made from toasted sesame seeds, tahini paste is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Since it has a rich texture, it is a great accompaniment for a lean cut like Strip Loin Steak.
Yield 4 Servings Prep. Time 20 min Cooking Time 10 min Total Time 30 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) EACH salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ¾ tsp (4 mL) EACH ground cumin, chili powder and ground coriander
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) garlic powder
  • 1¼ lb (625 g) Beef Strip Loin Grilling Steak, 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick (about 2 steaks)
  • 12 oz (375 g) cherry tomatoes on the vine, cut into clusters

Tahini Sauce

  • ¼ cup (60 mL) tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) EACH fresh lemon juice and olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) liquid honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) toasted sesame seeds
  • Lemon wedges

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:

  1. Combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, coriander and garlic powder in a small bowl. Transfer 1 tsp (5 mL) to another small bowl for the Tahini Sauce. Pat steaks dry with paper towel; rub steaks all over with remaining spice mixture.

  2. Grill steaks in a closed preheated barbecue over medium-high heat (400°F/200°C) for 10 to 12 minutes for 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick steaks, turning twice or more, until a digital instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of steak reads 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare doneness at the least. Grill tomatoes during the last 3 to 5 minutes of steak grilling time, until softened and lightly charred.

  3. Transfer steaks to cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a warmed serving platter.

Tahini Sauce:
  1. Meanwhile, add tahini paste, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic and 3 tbsp (45 mL) water to reserved spice mixture; whisk until smooth and blended.

  2. Slice steaks across the grain. Arrange steak on serving platter with charred tomatoes; sprinkle beef with parsley and sesame seeds. Serve with Tahini Sauce and lemon wedges.