Grilled Steak Sandwiches with Dried Shrimp-Chile Jam

At Taberna do Mercado in London, chef Nuno Mendes marinates the steak in rendered beef fat before he sears it and piles it on the sandwich with luscious spicy dried shrimp paste and spinach. It’s also great with a simply seared rich cut, like the skirt steak here.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 pound skirt steak, cut into 2 equal pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Dried Shrimp-Chile Jam (see Note)
  • 4 Portuguese rolls or brioche buns, split and toasted (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • Yellow mustard (optional)

How to make this recipe

  1. Heat a grill pan. Rub the steak all over with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

  2. In a bowl, toss the spinach with the lemon juice and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt.

  3. Spread a heaping tablespoon of the shrimp-chile jam on the bottom half of each roll and spread 1/2 tablespoon of the butter on each of the top halves. Spread with mustard, if using. Mound the spinach mixture on the rolls, top with the steak and serve.


Pleasantly sweet Portuguese rolls are available at specialty food stores. Use this recipe for Dried Shrimp-Chile Jam.

Suggested Pairing

English-style pale ale.

Contributed By Photo © Per-Anders Jorgensen Published May 2016

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