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In southern Turkey, the key to bold beef is pomegranate molasses and grated onion

Rib-Eye Steaks with Rosemary and Pomegranate Molasses

Appears in March-April 2021

40 minutes Plus marinating, grill prep and resting

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Rib-Eye Steaks with Rosemary and Pomegranate Molasses

At Manzara Restaurant in Söğüt, in southeastern Turkey, we tasted a superb grilled rib-eye steak prepared by chef Naci Isik. We thought the fruity, tangy-sweet flavor of pomegranate molasses, the savoriness of onion and the resinous notes of fresh rosemary in the marinade worked together as a delicious complement for the richness and smoky char of the beef. Our adaptation hews closely to Isik’s recipe, with a few modifications for cooking in a home kitchen and using ingredients available in the U.S. We recommend seeking out pomegranate molasses that does not contain added sugar; its flavor is purer and more intense than types made with sweetener. This recipe cooks the steaks outdoors on a charcoal or gas grill; see additional instructions to cook the steaks on the stovetop in a cast-iron grill pan (if cooking indoors, be sure to turn on your hood or open a window to vent any smoke).


To Cook in a Stovetop Grill Pan
Follow the recipe to marinate the steaks; if refrigerated for longer than 1 hour, remove the steaks from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking. Brush a 12-inch cast-iron grill pan with 2 teaspoons oil and heat over medium-high until barely smoking. Meanwhile, scrape any excess marinade off the steaks and pat dry with paper towels. Add the steaks to the pan and cook without disturbing until well browned on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook until the second sides are well browned and the centers reach 120°F (for medium-rare), 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and continue with the recipe to finish and slice.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to scrape off the marinade and pat the steaks dry before grilling. The marinade contains moisture and sugar that inhibit browning and cause sticking. Making sure the steaks are as clean and dry as possible when they hit the grill grate will help with better browning and easier release.

40 minutes

Plus marinating, grill prep and resting

Reviews
John H.

Instead marinating it in the fridge I sous vide it at 126F for 2 hours and then after removing the marinate and patting dry I put it under the broiler for about 3 minutes a side just to brown it. Great recipe loved it.

Cynthia F.

I used this marinade for a flank steak because that's what I had. Amazing!

Lisa S.

Very good recipe. Didn’t make any changes. Marinated for 6 hours. Patting dry is a must, good char and steak was really delicious.

Stephen H.

Love it! I like Rib Eyes with various rubs. Changes things up. This is a great choice and crowd pleaser.

flavia Z.

I make my own molasses; I buy pomegranate juice, cook it down and don't add anything. Better than anything I can buy that has additives.

Diana L.

These were good steaks. You get a hint of sourness. We loved the lavender on top. I did not cook them on the grill. I cooked it on the stove per the video from Milk Street on youtube. After steaks were seared on the cast iron grill on the stove top, we put them in the oven at 350 then took them out when the inside was 120-125 degrees. It came out pretty good. I only kept steaks in the marinate for 30 but want to try overnight. Thanks for the recipe.


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