Meals that I can prepare in one skillet with minimal clean-up are my dream. It means I can put everything together, get a great meal on the table and then not have to spend tons of time cleaning up after the fact. The key is finding all-in-one meals that don’t sacrifice flavor and are actually good to eat.
Spiced Steak Tips With Couscous and Swiss Chard is that perfect meal. The steak is seasoned with some stronger spices that include coriander, cinnamon, salt and pepper. That bold flavor is countered with a mixture of lemon juice, dried apricots, chickpeas and couscous. Finally, you add the Swiss chard, which when cooked, takes on a mild and sweet taste that is similar to spinach. When served together, it is a balanced meal with the ingredients and the flavor.
Prepping the Ingredients
Using a Boning Knife, trim away any excess fat from the sirloin steak, cut into one-inch pieces and set aside.
Prepare the spice mixture for the steak by combining the coriander, salt, cinnamon and pepper. Mix thoroughly in a small bowl and set aside. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and again, set aside. Using a Mini Cheese Knife, carefully slice the dried apricots.
The final preparation step is to roughly chop the Swiss chard. If you’ve never worked with Swiss chard, take a look at our handy How to Cut Swiss Chard tutorial.
Using a 7-5/8" Petite Chef knife, remove the leaves from the stems and then cut the stems crosswise into small pieces (using the stems is optional in this recipe). Stack the leaves and cut crosswise so the Swiss chard is roughly chopped.
Making the Dish
Now that the ingredients are prepped, it’s time to start cooking. Make sure the steak tips are dry, which can be done by taking a paper towel and patting away any excess moisture. Sprinkle one tablespoon of the previously prepared spice mixture over the steak tips to ensure all of them are seasoned.
Pour the olive oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the steak, cooking until browned on all sides. Remove them from the skillet and place on a plate, tent with foil to keep them warm and set aside. In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, chickpeas, couscous, apricots and remaining spice mixture so the ingredients are combined. Bring to a boil, cover and remove from the heat to allow the couscous to cook until tender (approximately 5-7 minutes).
Remove the cover from the skillet and fold in the Swiss chard, which should wilt from the retained heat. Once everything is combined, plate the couscous mixture and top with the spiced steak tips to serve.
This Spiced Steak Tips With Couscous and Swiss Chard is a meal I could make every week. I loved the bold spices and the balance with the slight sweetness of the apricots and Swiss chard. The spice mixture is used in the couscous mixture, so the meal tastes like all the flavors belong together. Did I mention that I had one skillet to clean after making this dish? So not only easy, but tasty. We hope you enjoy.
Spiced Steak Tips With Couscous and Swiss Chard
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 pounds sirloin steak tips, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup couscous
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
- 2 cups Swish chard, chopped
- Combine coriander, kosher salt, cinnamon and pepper in a small bowl.
- With a paper towel, pat the steak tips dry and then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture, ensuring that all of the steak is seasoned.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Add the steak tips and cook until browned on all sides.
- Remove the steak tips from the skillet onto a plate that can be covered with foil. Set aside.
- In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, chickpeas, couscous, apricots and remaining spice mixture.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat and cover the skillet, allowing the couscous to cook until tender, approximately 5-7 minutes.
- Fold in the Swiss chard and mix thoroughly (the chard should wilt).
- Plate the couscous mixture and top with the spiced steak tips.