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How to Make The Most Delicious Steak While Moonstruck

This article is dedicated to my mom who loves the movie “Moonstruck” and made me love this movie too!

Perfect Steak: Food=Love=Movie about Food and Love

It started with a movie. A good piece of meat. Some salt. A hot pan. A small amount of butter.

and some blood for Ronnie.

This month’s recipe is part of the Recipe Redux Challenge with a theme of focusing a dish around the Oscar’s award ceremony, scheduled to be broadcast on February 24. “So in honor of the Oscars, create a healthy recipe inspired by your favorite food scene or featured dish from any movie.”

I choose cooking the perfect steak (in this recipe it is steak faux filet or sirloin steak) because it is the ideal indulgence food and highlights a key scene from the movie Moonstruck.

How to make a steak while moonstruck

Love, Steak and Moonstruck

Scene from Moonstruck

Ronny: What’s that smell?
Loretta: I’m making you a steak.
Ronny: I don’t want it.
Loretta: You’ll eat it.
Ronny: I like it well done.
Loretta: You’ll eat this one bloody, it’ll feed your blood.

Ah, that scene…almost makes me want to cook another steak and watch the movie all over again.

However you like your steak cooked, from bloody to raw to medium to well. Enjoy it and don’t overcook it.

Is steak healthy?

A high quality lean piece of beef can be part of a healthy diet, especially if you eat it with a light side dish like a salad or sliced tomatoes. Beef is high in soluble iron (the iron that is absorbed the best by the human body) and is a good source of protein.

It is often the sauces and side dishes that are enjoyed with the beef that bring the most calories and fat. Substituting a side dish of a crispy green salad instead of french fries or sliced fresh tomatoes instead of a heavy cream sauce can balance out your steak dish to be delicious and healthy.

Five key elements to making your steak come out delicious

  1. Bring steak to room temperature before cooking.
  2. Steak should be dry before cooking.
  3. Add salt to meat 10 minutes before cooking.
  4. Add steak to medium heated pan and brown on both sides. Add butter/garlic/thyme to pan after meat is browned.
  5. Do not overcook.

Why this recipe makes the perfect steak

This recipe makes the perfect steak because of the caramelized crust and the light juices (thanks to the butter and the salt).

I am not going to lie when I tell you: I have made many a steak in my life, but this method creates (in my humble opinion) the perfect steak.
This recipe calls for a very small amount of butter, but it is this small amount that adds that touch of oh la la OMG.

In the mood for a bloody steak? Slip in Moonstruck in your DVD player, get your steak ready and cook it up using my five tips. Even if you like it bloody, rare, medium or well done…. just cook it!

As Loretta would say to Ronnie, Buon Appetito!


  • One good quality piece of steak (I used faux filet( which is sirloin steak)-thick steaks are very difficult to find in France).
  • Small 1/4 inch piece of unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • Fresh thyme (optional)
  • Sea Salt


Take your steak out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Do not let steak stay out too long in room temperature, just until it reaches room temperature.

2. Keep meat covered while waiting to reach room temperature.
3. Pat meat with paper towel until completely dry on both sides.
4. Salt (lightly) both sides of the meat. (Using sea salt).
5. Prepare butter, garlic, thyme. (Thyme is optional, you can also use oregano or another fresh herb)
6. Heat pan with medium heat and when pan is hot lay steak on pan. Cook until the meat is brown on one side, about 1 1/2 minutes.
7. Brown meat on the other side for about 1 1/2 minutes.
8. Add butter, garlic and fresh herbs.
9.Cook steak for about 3-5 minutes longer, flipping the steak on both sides to help with a caramelized crust.

10. When steak is done, serve immediately, serving the jus de viande (the meat juices) with the meat.

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3 Responses to How to Make The Most Delicious Steak While Moonstruck

  1. Brian November 18, 2016 at 17:01 #

    This looks like a great steak in honor of a good movie, Moostruck. Thanks for sharing!

    • mbrighton November 28, 2016 at 11:10 #

      Thanks Brian!

  2. graincrazy February 23, 2013 at 01:31 #

    Thank for the tips on making better steak. My family really enjoys steak.

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