Steak with Cajun Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Tomatoes and Fried Mushrooms

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It surprises me how many people have asked me how to cook a steak? I’m not an expert, but here’s how I cook and serve it as a week day dinner which is always gratefully received by my boyfriend and the dog (she gets the steak fat when we’ve finished).

The recipe serves 2


2 Sirloin steaks (please buy the best quality you can afford, it really does make a difference)

2-3 Medium sweet potatoes

4 Large portobello mushrooms

2-3 Medium fine tomatoes

Knob of butter

Olive oil

1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp Cajun spice mix

Salt & pepper


  1. Take the steak out of the fridge around an hour before you are ready to start cooking, season well with salt & pepper and leave on a plate to reach room temperature and absorb the seasoning.
  2. Heat the oven at 190 oC and begin by slicing the sweet potatoes into approx. 1cm thick strips, thicker or thinner if you prefer.
  3. Put the sliced sweet potatoes into a bowl and mix with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp Cajun spice mix.
  4. Place the Cajun sweet potatoes onto an oven proof tray and cook for around 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven until soft.
  5. In the meantime slice the tomatoes in half, rub some olive oil and the Balsamic olive oil on both sides and season with salt. Put in the oven and bake for around 15-20 minutes until they start to soften. (They should be ready at the same time as the fries).
  6. Slice the mushrooms, add the butter and a tbsp olive oil to a medium pan and turn on to a high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for around 10-15 minutes until all of the moisture has absorbed back into the mushrooms (stirring regularly), season with salt & pepper and then turn down to the lowest heat.
  7. Put a large frying pan on to the highest heat, make sure the pan is very hot before adding the steaks to the pan. Depending on the thickness of the steaks cook for 2 minutes each side for rare, 3 minutes on each side for medium rare, remove from the pan and let the meat rest on a plate.
  8. Serve the sweet potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes onto 2 clean plates and finally add the steaks.