Spiced Skirt Steak with White Beans, Grape Tomatoes and Arugula

I still have a few more updates to share from our time in Mykonos, but I figured you guys might be hungry for an actual recipe post, so here goes!

Every once in a while I find myself telling someone, “So we’re not vegetarians, but we really don’t eat a lot of meat.” If we were vegetarians, we’d be “the kind that eat fish.” Yes, I know that’s not really a vegetarian, but I hear plenty of people describe themselves that way so I’ll take that liberty too. Right now, I could probably count on one hand the number of times we’ve eaten chicken or chicken sausage, turkey, steak or lamb for dinner at home in the past 30 days. Well maybe I would need two hands, but no toes. Definitely no toes.
But then there are moments when a perfectly well seasoned and juicy steak just sounds so right. Like when I spotted this recipe for spice-rubbed steaks with white beans and cherry tomatoes on Epicurious. At that moment, I had to have a steak. In fact, this feeling should have hit sooner since I then realized the recipe was printed in the March 2010 Bon Appetit. I get this magazine. Clearly, I haven’t been reading all that thoroughly! Thank goodness for the internet.

And thank goodness for this recipe for juicy steaks with hearty white beans and sweet tomatoes, which comes together in a snap on a weeknight and cleans up just as quickly since it doesn’t dirty many dishes. That is just the kind of meal we like! I tweaked the original a bit by cutting it down for two, adding peppery arugula for contrast in both taste and color, and a splash of balsamic at the end for a little extra bite. Sometimes I think to myself, “I could probably easily be a vegetarian,” but this is one of those recipes that reminds me why I’m not!

Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steaks with White Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula
Adapted from Bon Appetit, March 2010
Printable Recipe

1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Coarse kosher salt
1 12 oz skirt steak, cut into two serving pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
6oz cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 15 oz can white beans, drained
about 4oz baby arugula
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix chili powder, half of cumin, crushed red pepper, and oregano in small bowl. Sprinkle spices, salt, and pepper all over steak and gently rub in. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak to desired doneness, 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest. Wipe out skillet; add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add tomatoes; sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Add drained beans and continue to cook and stir until heated through. Add arugula by the handful, stirring until wilted. Finish by adding the balsamic vinegar and cooking for about one more minute.

Serve the steaks with the bean, tomato and arugula mixture.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 538.2
Total Fat: 21.4 g
Cholesterol: 97.2 mg
Sodium: 890.0 mg
Total Carbs: 44.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 13.8 g
Protein: 48.5 g

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25 Responses to “Spiced Skirt Steak with White Beans, Grape Tomatoes and Arugula”

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    TJ — June 17, 2010 @ 1:44 pm Reply

    yum this dish looks delicious!

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    Elina — June 17, 2010 @ 1:54 pm Reply

    I am definitely in the same boat. I can stay off meat for a while but then if a few weeks pass, I NEED it. Sometimes a steak just sounds so right. I really trust your taste so even though this recipe sounds too simple to wow me, I'm putting it on the list. :)

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    Shanon — June 17, 2010 @ 2:15 pm Reply

    i agree. and im am the kind of vegetarian who eats beefs. totally fine!

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    Dawn — June 17, 2010 @ 2:22 pm Reply

    I love vegetarian meals but as soon as I tell myself I want to switch to being an actual vegetarian I crave meat. So I say it won't kill me every now and then….

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    Jennifurla — June 17, 2010 @ 2:27 pm Reply

    I love skirt steak, this look fantastic – the rub just really made it awesome.

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    Shannon — June 17, 2010 @ 3:10 pm Reply

    yeah, i'm definitely the same way. i'm not "vegetarian" but i definitely don't eat as much meat anymore. loving the bed of beans, tomatoes and arugula :)

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    Joanne — June 17, 2010 @ 5:48 pm Reply

    I am just like you guys! I eat meat when a craving hits, which is rarely. The things I really crave are beans and veggies! Which you've got here too. So it's really the perfect meal!

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    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — June 17, 2010 @ 9:17 pm Reply

    Yum! This is one of my favorite ways to serve meat – over veggies to balance it out. The beans in this look great and the photo is making me drool!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — June 18, 2010 @ 12:51 am Reply

    ok so the food looks great as usual BUT i wanna hear about your trip and see vacay photos! too ironic you commented …you were on my to-do list of rounds to make today bc i figured you were back. Hope it rocked!The comment you posted to me, to bump things up based on calculators…gosh, I would start small and see how it goes and if thngs are going in the wrong direction after a week, there you have your answer :)

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    eatdrinkrun — June 18, 2010 @ 4:24 am Reply

    I saw this post this morning, and it looked so fabulous that I had to make it for dinner. Like, tonight. Did not disappoint!! Awesome recipe.

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    grace — June 18, 2010 @ 9:15 am Reply

    i don't love red meat except in its ground form, which probably shouldn't even count. however, your rub and the very fact that fleshy white beans are involved makes this a pretty darn appetizing dish!

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    Barbara — June 18, 2010 @ 12:21 pm Reply

    Every once in a while I just HAVE to have meat. Usually it's just a steak, plain and simple. But I'm loving this skirt steak and the rub you used. Dark and delicious!

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    Bridget — June 18, 2010 @ 12:29 pm Reply

    Yep, same here too! I definitely eat a lot less meat these past few years but don't think I could ever, or want to ever, give it up! That dish looks beautiful! This does seem like a perfect simple summery meal :)

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    ChubbyNewlywed — June 18, 2010 @ 4:02 pm Reply

    Reading the comments, sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat: folks who love veggies and eat them most of the time but sometimes reaaaaaaaally want a steak. I could go for one right now, actually :) This recipe sounds really delicious.

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    Kerstin — June 19, 2010 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    I'm the same way, although my hubby eats a lot of chicken for his bodybuilding. I do crave a steak every now and then though – yours looks like a winner!

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    Kerstin — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I'm the same way, although my hubby eats a lot of chicken for his bodybuilding. I do crave a steak every now and then though – yours looks like a winner!

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    eatdrinkrun — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I saw this post this morning, and it looked so fabulous that I had to make it for dinner. Like, tonight. Did not disappoint!! Awesome recipe.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    ok so the food looks great as usual BUT i wanna hear about your trip and see vacay photos! too ironic you commented …you were on my to-do list of rounds to make today bc i figured you were back. Hope it rocked!The comment you posted to me, to bump things up based on calculators…gosh, I would start small and see how it goes and if thngs are going in the wrong direction after a week, there you have your answer :)

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    Jennifurla — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I love skirt steak, this look fantastic – the rub just really made it awesome.

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    TJ — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    yum this dish looks delicious!

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    Dawn — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I love vegetarian meals but as soon as I tell myself I want to switch to being an actual vegetarian I crave meat. So I say it won't kill me every now and then….

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 5, 2011 @ 1:24 am Reply

    ok so the food looks great as usual BUT i wanna hear about your trip and see vacay photos! too ironic you commented …you were on my to-do list of rounds to make today bc i figured you were back. Hope it rocked!The comment you posted to me, to bump things up based on calculators…gosh, I would start small and see how it goes and if thngs are going in the wrong direction after a week, there you have your answer :)

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