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Beef Sirloin with Piquillo Peppers and Capers


"Meat expert and cookbook author Bruce Aidells creates a fantastic, bare-bones rub for sirloin steak with nothing more than paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Especially noteworthy is his use of pre-roasted, jarred piquillo peppers to make a quick, easy and delicious sauce."

— Food & Wine magazine; recipe contributed by Bruce Aidells


Recipe adapted from the March 2013 issue of FOOD & WINE Magazine.


  • 2 Teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 Pound sirloin steak, about 1 1/4 inches thick
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon drained capers
  • 1 Teaspoon chopped sage
  • 8 piquillo peppers (Spanish roasted peppers), seeded and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


In a bowl, mix the paprika, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pat the mixture all over the meat.

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the garlic, shallots, and capers and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the piquillos, mustard, and Worcestershire; simmer over moderate heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the steak over moderately high heat for about 12 minutes, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 130 degrees for medium-rare meat. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with the piquillo-pepper sauce.