Recipe Review

This Chimichurri-Inspired Steak & Rice Bowl Will Make Tonight’s Dinner Unforgettably Delicious

published Mar 28, 2022
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skirt steak with chimichurri
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We’re always up for dishes that take one pan to create and one bowl to serve. And Los Angeles-based chef Marquis Pickett — a food content creator known as @lifewithmarq who has amassed over 525,000 followers on all the socials (think IG, TikTok, YouTube) — doesn’t disappoint us with his latest Instagram post. Known for making super-easy recipes that anyone can enjoy at home, the recent post of his own version of a Chimichurri-Inspired Steak & Rice Bowl fits the bill. Using simple flank steak, red peppers, and an herb/spice mix, this is one recipe you’ll want to keep handy for this week’s dinner.

Billed as “Argentinian barbecue sauce,” chimichurri is a piquant sauce or marinade used in South American and Mexican cooking. Made of fresh herbs, vinegar, and olive oil, the main ingredient (typically parsley) gives it a familiar green splash of color when served in the traditional way on grilled meats. 

Pickett relies on the food processor (the trick to the perfect chunky chimichurri sauce) by pulsing together fresh parsley, garlic cloves, white wine vinegar, red onion, spices, cilantro, and olive oil. Sautéing sliced red bell pepper and bite-sized pieces of flank steak (he dusts the meat with baking soda to naturally tenderize this often tough cut), he creates the base, while the sauce is where all the flavors come together. His optional stir-ins are adobo seasoning for an extra kick and Parmesan cheese to punch up the tangy/creamy quotient, and the entire dish is served over rice.

“It might not be authentic, but I’m telling you, it’s good,” he tells his followers as he digs in. 

For another tasty take on a simple rice bowl minus the meat, try this vegetarian take on a Japanese recipe.