What do you do with an ostrich steak?

I went to the supermarket the other day and rooted around in their cut-price section, as is my wont occasionally.

And I found some ostrich steaks. So naturally I had to take them home and try them, because I’d never eaten an ostrich before.

Ostrich Steak (1)

I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them, but they looked a bit like cow steaks mixed with duck breasts so I decided to season along those lines.

(This follows Scar’s Rules of the Kitchen, aka “If it looks a bit like something else, it probably tastes like that too.”)

It turned out rather well, so I thought I’d share the recipe here.

You will need: 

  • Ostrich steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • Tiny bit of thyme
  • Garlic
  • Star anise
  • Wine
  • Juniper berries would also be a good addition, although I didn’t have any

Heat the olive oil in a pan with the garlic and herbs and star anise. Also the juniper berries if you have some, and salt & pepper if you wish. Let it get nice and fragrant and then add the wine.

Ostrich Steak Recipe 1

Everyone always asks me where I got this pan. The answer is that I found it on the street. I am queen of finding things on the street. So far my favourite items include this pan, an industrial-sized roll of sellotape, a large coffee table, and a huge wine rack.

Once that’s all sizzling away nicely, drop in the steaks.

Ostrich Steak Recipe 2

They don’t need very long at all – about 1.5 – 2 minutes on each side.

Remove and serve with honey-miso glazed parsnips, portobello mushrooms with goats’ cheese & caramelised onion, and a small nod to salad on the side.

Ostrich Steak Recipe 4

Happy weekend! 🙂

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