Roman Steaks

Roman Steaks

This simple recipe, which is adapted from “Mediterranean Cooking” by Paula Wolfert, was brought to the Times by Julia Reed in a 2004 article about easy Italian cooking. Ms. Reed said it was her favorite summer steak recipe, and for good reason: It requires very little effort and just a handful of ingredients to yield spectacular results.
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  • Serves: 3 persons



  1. Step 1

    Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and rosemary to a paste. Stir in the olive oil and season with pepper and a little salt. Place steaks in a shallow baking dish. Rub both sides with salt and pepper and coat with the olive-oil mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for up to 2 hours at room temperature, or refrigerate for several hours or up to overnight, turning once or twice.
  2. Step 2

    If steaks have been refrigerated, let them come to room temperature before cooking. Prepare outdoor grill or place broiler rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source and heat broiler.
  3. Step 3

    Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Grill or broil a few minutes on each side, until done to taste (about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare). Place on warmed serving platter and squeeze lemon over each steak.