Cooking a rib-eye steak is always a treat. Richard Corrigan serves his grilled rib-eye steak recipe with homemade onions rings and a garlicky watercress purée. This is a great steak to enjoy fresh off the barbecue, making it a delicious way to celebrate.
Richard Corrigan has pioneered the rehabilitation of British and Irish food, reinterpreting the traditional and combining modern luxury with earthy, country cooking. His style, which holds ingredient-led simplicity at its core, is natural and instinctive and his pared back menus continue to be received with acclaim.
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For the watercress purée, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Submerge the watercress and spinach into the boiling water for 1 minute. Strain and place into ice water for 10 minutes
400g of watercress
400g of baby spinach leaves
Pour enough olive oil to coat the base of a large pan and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and a good pinch of salt and pepper and sweat until soft. Add the minced garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the cream, bring to a simmer and reduce down by half
2 large onions
6 garlic cloves
400ml of cream
Add the blanched watercress and spinach and cook for a further 5 minutes. Place into a blender and process until smooth. Pass through a fine strainer, season to taste with salt and pour into a suitable container. Store in the fridge until needed
For the onion rings you will need to start with the black pepper flour. Place half of the rice flour into a blender with the chillies and black pepper, blend until smooth. Add the remaining rice flour and salt and pulse until combined
110g of rice flour
5 black peppercorns
1 1/2 bird's eye chillies
10g of sea salt
Place the black pepper flour into a bowl and whisk in enough cold water to form a thick batter. Set aside until required
For the rib-eye, generously season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat a pan, grill or barbecue until extremely hot. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/gas mark 6. First place the steak onto the cooking surface - if using a pan or grill, add a splash of vegetable oil before cooking
4 240g rib-eye steaks
Once the meat has reached a dark brown colour, turn over and sear on the other side until a similar colour is achieved. Remove the pan from the heat. For a rare steak, you do not need to cook the steak further in the oven
For a medium-rare steak, place in the preheated oven for 1 minute (increase this number by 2 minute increments for medium, medium-well and well-done finishes). Remove the steaks from the oven and set aside to rest for 4 minutes
Meanwhile, gently stir the batter to ensure an even consistency. Drag the onions through the batter and deep fry at 180˚C until golden. Remove from the fryer and place on absorbent kitchen towel
To serve, divide the watercress purée across 4 warm plates, place the steak on top followed by a few of the onion rings
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