Tikka masala steak

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Tikka masala steak

As you know, I love to make and eat curries. And everybody loves a steak. But not many people dare to combine the two to make something special.

This tikka masala steak was a fan request and as it turned out I should listen to my fans much more. I am amazed that this recipe didn’t already exist. This was a freakin’ delicious steak.


  • A 2 finger thick entrecote or sirloin steak
  • 4 red onions
  • 6 thumb-size pieces of fresh ginger
  • 16 cloves of garlic
  • water
  • 10 tbsp of masala powder
  • 1 tsp of table salt

Extra for the sauce

  • 1,5 kg of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 100 grams of butter
  • 100 ml of heavy cream

How to

  1. Dice the onions. Slice the fat cap of the steak and put it in a cast-iron pan. Melt the fat over low heat.
  2. Take out the fat and stir fry the diced onions until they are soft. Take the pan off the fire.
  3. Put the ginger and garlic cloves in a blender. Grind it down to a thick paste. Add some water when the paste is too thick.
  4. Add this paste to the pan with fried onions and put in the masala powder. Stir it well and cook it down to a dark brown tikka masala paste.
  5. Season it with table salt and divide it in half.
  6. Coat the steak with one half of the tikka masala paste and let this marinate for 2 to 4 hours in the fridge.
  7. Fire up your grill with 2 zones and a temperature of 140°C (284F). Take the steak out of the fridge and place it on the indirect side of the grill.
  8. Stick a thermometer in the meat and close the lid.
  9. In the meantime, you can make the sauce with the other half of the tikka masala paste. Put it in a pan and add the diced tomatoes. Let it simmer until the tomatoes are fully dissolved. Add the butter and heavy cream.
  10. Take the steak out of the grill when it reaches a core temperature of 52°C (126F). Let it rest for 5 minutes before you sear it over direct heat for a nice crust.
  11. Cut the steak into thin slices and serve it with the sauce.

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