Sirloin steak is a delicious and versatile cut of beef that can be enjoyed in many different ways. It is, of course, a great source of protein and iron, but it also contains a good source of B vitamins, such as B12 and niacin. It is a leaner cut of meat and, depending on the animal, can have a good amount of marbling, giving it great flavour and juiciness. It is a popular choice for grilling, pan-frying, and broiling. Sirloin steak is a great choice for a quick and easy weeknight meal, or for a special occasion dinner.
The name sirloin is said to have come after a particularly tasty loin of beef was 'knighted' by a monarch, although it may actually come from the French word 'surlonge'.
Where does sirloin steak come from?
Sirloin steak is a cut of beef from the loin primal cut, located on the outside of the ribs. This muscle doesn't tend to do much work, and has a nice layer of fat on the top, so it really gives a nice tender finish. Steaks can be cut thin or thick depending on preference.
How to cook sirloin steak?
Sirloin steak is best cooked in a hot cast iron pan, or frying pan. It can be cooked to any desired doneness. For a rare steak, cook it for 2-3 minutes per side. For a medium-rare steak, cook it for 3-4 minutes per side. For a medium steak, cook it for 4-5 minutes per side. For a medium-well steak, cook it for 5-6 minutes per side. Here's a quick step by step for cooking a great sirloin steak:
- Make sure the steak is at room temperature before cooking it. This will help it cook evenly. Throwing a cold steak into a hot pan can shock the meat and cause it to become less tender.
- Heat a cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add a small amount of oil to the steak.
- Season the steak with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs or spices right before adding it to the pan.
- Sear the steak for 3 minutes per side (for medium-rare), or until it is browned.
- Remove the steak from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Sirloin steak can be served with a variety of sides, such as mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, or a salad. It can also be served with a sauce, such as a peppercorn sauce, a red wine sauce, or a mushroom sauce.