This pan-seared Easy Vegan Watermelon Steak transforms juicy watermelon into a deliciously chewy vegan steak! With a banging marinate of flavor and sear in the pan, this tastes as good as it looks.
I got inspired by the idea of watermelon steak by recently discovering it in a famous food chain. So decided to give it a go!
So, now it’s time to do things Elena’s way. And Elena’s way involves:
- Trials/errors/minor grease burns
- Making it as simple as possible ( cos Elena is lazy 😀 )
- Making Banging marinate
- A little cheffy magic
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Seedless Watermelon: Seedless watermelon is best here, though you can use any watermelon variety that you have on hand.
- Flavorful marinate: A combination of oil, liquid smoke, soy sauce minced, thyme garlic, salt, and pepper. This helps to accentuate the savory flavors, tricking your brain into thinking you’re eating something closer to steak!
- Toppings: Ideally you would want to add a crunchy topping, to add more texture to your steak, I normally go for crispy shallots!
HOW TO CUT WATERMELON STEAKS:
So you start by cutting out some watermelon steaks. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise, then place the flat edge down and cut 1 ½ to 2-inch slices down. It’s better to make them too thick than too thin. From each slice, cut out a rectangle.
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Vegevega’s Daily Cooking Equipment:
As a Vegan, cooking on a daily basis, I found myself using this equipment on a daily basis, so I am just going to throw them here, and I hope it can help you too!
- Food Processor
- Baking Trays
- Blender – I recently started making a lot of smoothies, so a blender is a must!
- Bread/Cake Loaf Pan
- Mixing Bowls
- A Set Of Good Knives
- Freezer Bags
- Air-tight food storage containers
- A Set Of Kitchen Utensils
- Set of 2 saucepans + 1 Large Saucepan for stews and soups
- Non-Stick Frying Pan
Easy Vegan Watermelon Steak
- ½ large seedless watermelon
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
- 1 tsp of dried thyme or rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
- Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Place flat side down, and cut 1 ½ inch wide slice. Cut the largest rectangle possible from each of these slices. You should be able to get about 6 steaks from ½ of a watermelon.
- Pat each of the steaks dry with paper towels. If you have time, place them in the refrigerator uncovered for 1 to 2 hours to dry out excess moisture. Give them a final pat right before preparing.
- Whisk together oil liquid smoke, garlic, salt, pepper soy sauce and thyme. Pour the marinade onto your watermelon steaks making sure they are nicely covered and leave them in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
- Lightly grease a large saute pan over low/medium. Gently slide each steak in, cooking for about 5 minutes on each side. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook each side for one minute, or until lightly browned.
- Serve warm, topped with the remaining of the marinade leftover from the curing.