Nigel slater’s oyster sauce chicken with citrus mint salad recipe _ life and style _ the guardian

There was a bit of a flurry of aniseed, soy and ginger-scented cooking in the kitchen last week, as there often is when I have had one of my irregular trips to Chinatown. Marinade for sirloin steak These are the trips where I return home with armfuls of bottles and jars, mostly red.

I just needed, almost craved, the smell of oyster sauce to warm up a kitchen turned ice-cold by a dodgy thermostat. Best grilled steak marinade Leafy greens, bok choy and mustard greens are regularly steamed and tossed with thick, glossy oyster sauce at home, but meat and fish rather less so.

I tossed fat, free-range chicken thighs with crushed garlic, honey, chilli and oyster sauce and baked them on a freezing night when only something blisteringly, eye-wateringly hot would hit the spot.

Good marinade for steak It wasn’t something that could bask under the label of authenticity – it was just what I needed at that moment. Marinade recipe for steak The chicken emerged shiny, lightly crisp and very hot. Great steak marinade It sizzled as we ate, making our lips tingle. Recipe for marinade for steak We put the fire out with a sour citrus salad.

There was a big pudding, too, the sort of baked butterscotch sponge affair, with cream, butter and sugar, that only ever comes out in the very depths of winter. Quick and easy steak marinade recipes Emergency cooking for the cold and hungry. Basic steak marinade Oyster sauce chicken with citrus mint salad

Check the chicken regularly, covering it with foil if it is browning too much.

To make the marinade peel the garlic then crush the cloves to a paste using a pestle and mortar and a pinch of salt. Simple marinade for steak Put the paste into a large mixing bowl. Steak marinade for bbq Peel the onion, cut it in half and chop it very finely. Marinade for beef steak Combine with the garlic.

Put the oyster and soy sauces, the honey and the chilli sauce into the mixing bowl and stir thoroughly. Best ribeye steak marinade Push the chicken pieces into the marinade, turn them over and leave in a cool place for an hour or two.

Set the oven at 180C/gas mark 4. Steak marinade bbq Place the chicken pieces into a nonstick roasting tin, spoon over half the marinade and place in the preheated oven. Recipe steak marinade Roast for 45 minutes, basting once or twice with the remaining marinade, and regularly checking their progress. Steak sauce marinade Cover the roasting tin with foil if necessary.

To make the salad, combine the fish sauce, caster sugar and lime juice in a small bowl. Easy steak marinade for grilling Roughly chop or tear the mint leaves and add to the bowl, together with the coriander leaves. Marinade for grilled steak Finely chop the chilli and add to the dressing.

Slice the ends from the grapefruit, place it flat on the chopping board then slice away the peel and white pith a sharp kitchen knife. Marinade for bbq steak Remove the segments of flesh from the skin. Bbq marinade for steak Put the grapefruit into the dressing and leave for 10 minutes before adding the cashew nuts and serving. Quick marinade for steak Cranberry pudding with butterscotch sauce

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Fruits of labour: cranberry pudding with butterscotch sauce. World’s best steak marinade Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer

Once out of the oven, leave the pudding for a few minutes to settle. Steak marinade quick And, despite the butterscotch sauce, I’d be tempted to offer cream, too.

You will also need a deep baking dish or pudding bowl measuring roughly 18cm x 15cm.

Cut the apricots into small pieces and put them in a heatproof mixing bowl. Fillet steak marinade Add the 50g of cranberries and pour the boiling water over. Marinade for fillet steak Set aside while you make the pudding.

Butter the pudding bowl with a small knob of butter. Grilled steak marinade recipe Sieve together the flour and baking powder. Steak marinade grill Put the rest of the butter into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a flat beater. A good marinade for steak Add the sugar and beat for 4-5 minutes till soft, pale and creamy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Make the sauce by putting the sugar, cream, butter and maple syrup in a saucepan and bringing to the boil. A good steak marinade Let it simmer for 2 minutes, roughly chop the 100g of cranberries (if using frozen fruit, this is easier in a food processor) then add to the sauce.

Break the egg into a bowl, beat lightly, just enough to mix white and yolk, then add, with the beater still turning, to the butter and sugar.

When the egg is fully incorporated, stir in the flour and baking powder mixture, turning slowly until there is no visible trace of flour left. Beef steak marinade recipe Fold in the apricots and cranberries, and the water they are in. Steak bbq marinade Transfer the mixture to the buttered bowl, smooth the surface lightly then bake for 30 minutes until pale gold and lightly firm. Simple steak marinade recipes Remove from the oven, pour over half of the cranberry butterscotch sauce and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Easy steak marinade recipe Serve hot together with the remaining sauce.

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