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Steak with pistachio pesto

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  • Gluten free
  • Egg free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • No added sugar
  • Wheat free

This tasty steak with homemade pistachio pesto is a game-changer. Even better, it’s ready to serve in a flash.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes, + 5 mins resting time
Thick cuts of steaks with pistachio pesto


  • 4 Coles Australian No Added Hormones Beef Scotch Fillet Steaks or Porterhouse Steaks
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 60g Coles Australian Baby Spinach & Rocket

Pistachio pesto

  • 1/3 cup (45g) pistachios, lightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated parmesan
  • 60g pkt Coles Australian Baby Rocket
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil

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Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    To make the pistachio pesto, place the pistachios, parmesan, rocket, mint, basil and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, add oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined. Season.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium-high. Brush the steaks with oil and season. Cook on the grill for 21/2 mins each side for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Loosely cover with foil. Set aside for 5 mins to rest.
  3. Step 3

    Thickly slice the steaks and divide among serving plates. Arrange tomato and spinach and rocket on the plates. Season. Serve with the pistachio pesto.

Steak with pistachio pesto recipe

Originating from Sicily, Italy, pistachio pesto is the flavour sensation you didn’t know you needed in your life. The vibrant condiment is made using pistachio and rocket in place of the traditional pine nuts and basil leaves (although some variations still include basil), and is loved for its creamy, earthy notes. Not only will this easy pesto transform pasta dishes, dip plates and salads, it will take your next steak night from barbeque basics to gold star gourmet in just 15 minutes from start to finish.

Cooking the perfect steak

The secret to success when preparing this simple pesto steak recipe is in how you cook the meat. If you’re cooking indoors, opt for a thick based pan like a heavy griddle or cast-iron skillet, as they retain the heat well and will help to achieve that perfect finish. A simple salt and pepper seasoning is all you’ll need, thanks to the pistachio pesto, and you’ll want to salt it about two hours before you get cooking. Add some flavourless oil to the pan and heat, then add your steak and a knob of butter for maximum flavour. The length of cooking time each side will depend on the size and weight of your steak, as well as your preference of rare, medium or well done. An average eye fillet will need about two and a half minutes each side (turning only once) for a medium-rare result. Leaving your steak to rest for at least five minutes after cooking is essential to get the most juicy and flavourful result.

Pesto for steak variations

Steak and pesto is a genius combination for a flavour-filled meal that’s easy to prepare and guaranteed to impress family and friends, and there’s an almost endless list of pesto varieties to try. Traditional basil and this Sicilian-inspired pistachio pesto are most common, but any pesto sauce for steak works well. You might like to try a Mexican twist by using pepitas and coriander (leave out the parmesan for this one). Or try ricotta, red capsicum and sun-dried tomatoes for a tangy alternative, while adding walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes to the original pesto recipe is a delicious way to enhance the flavour.

Now get cooking

Inspired to get grilling? For more tasty steak dinner options, check out this garlic and oregano steak with olive peperonata, chargrilled steak with baby broccoli or mix it up with these grilled steak and cheese open sandwiches. If it’s the green goodness of pesto you want to incorporate into your meals, this spaghetti with kale and parsley pesto is a crowd favourite for vegetarians, or try a chicken pesto pasta. For an easy dinner win, you can’t go past this pesto spaghetti with pancetta and tomato for some added crunch.

Nutrition Information


Energy: 2503kJ/599 Cals (29%)

Protein: 33g (66%)

Fat: 50g (71%)

Sat fat: 11g (46%)

Carb: 4g (1%)

Sugar: 2g (2%)

Fibre: 3g (10%)

Sodium: 198mg (10%)