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Curtis Stone’s pan-seared steak with beer-battered onion rings

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  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein
  • 1 serve veg or fruit

A classic pub favourite made right, this pan seared steak recipe with beer battered onion rings is a perfect meal for right at home. 

  • Serves4
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + 55 mins standing time & 10 mins resting time
Curtis Stone’s pan-seared steak with beer-battered onion rings


  • 2 (370g each) Coles Finest Porterhouse Steaks
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup watercress sprigs

Horseradish sauce

  • 1/2 cup (150g) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (70g) horseradish cream
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced

Beer-battered onion rings

  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) lager beer, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (260g) plain flour, divided
  • 8 cups (2L) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 white onions, sliced into 2cm-thick rings, separated

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 4723kJ/1130 Cals (54%), Protein: 51g (102%), Fat: 75g (107%), Sat Fat: 19g (79%), Sodium: 1285mg, Carb: 58g (19%), Sugar: 9g (10%), Dietary Fibre: 4g (13%).

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  1. Step 1

    To make the horseradish sauce, whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish cream, lemon zest and 2 tsp lemon juice in a small bowl. Season and add more lemon juice, if necessary. Place in the fridge to chill.

  2. Step 2

    To make the beer batter, whisk the beer, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Place in a warm place for 10 mins or until the yeast dissolves and the mixture is frothy. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups (185g) flour to yeast mixture, stirring gently with a whisk, until just smooth. Cover with a clean tea towel. Place in a warm place for 45 mins to develop the flavours.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 100°C. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat to 190°C (when oil is ready, a cube of bread turns golden brown in 10 secs). Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking tray. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup (75g) flour with the salt. Add onion rings to the flour mixture and toss to coat.

  4. Step 4

    Dip floured onion rings, 1 at a time, in the batter, allowing excess batter to drip back into the bowl. Carefully add 4-6 onion rings to the hot oil. Cook, turning halfway through cooking, for 4 mins or until golden brown and crisp. Carefully transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain, then transfer to the wire rack on the baking tray. Season. Transfer tray to oven to keep warm. Return oil temperature to 190°C and repeat, in batches, with the remaining onion rings and batter.

  5. Step 5

    Season the steaks generously. Heat a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat steaks with the oil. Add to the pan and cook, turning every 2 mins, for 8 mins. Reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, for 4 mins or until the internal temperature of the steaks reaches 50°C on a meat thermometer for medium-rare doneness. Transfer to a carving board for 10 mins to rest.

  6. Step 6

    Spread some of the horseradish sauce over serving plates.

  7. Step 7

    Slice the steak and divide among plates with onion rings and watercress.

Recipe tip

Serve with the remaining horseradish sauce. 

Use it up:
Store leftover beer batter, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Use it to coat other veg – such as zucchini and broccoli – before deep-frying.