Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Delicious Varoma Steak

Steamed Steak, you say? Yes, but there's more to it. Read on...

I've been reading about sous vide cooking, where food is vacuum packed, then cooked in a water bath at a controlled temperature. With the Thermomix cooking at specific temperatures, I imagined it would work well. Trouble is, it takes ages.

I love experimenting, so thought why not do the vacuum packing, but then steam the food? And that's exactly what I did with our scotch fillet last night for tea.

I have a Sunbeam Vacuum Sealing Machine that is fantastic. So, steak placed in bag - two to a bag and a marinade poured in. Seal in machine and then steam for about 8 minutes on Varoma temperature in the Thermomix. One pack in the Varoma Bowl and one in the tray.
Potatoes steaming underneath in basket.

The liquid remaining in the bag needs to be poured out before frying meat. I made a delicious sauce with this by adding a bit of cream, Worcestershire Sauce, water and then thickening with cornflour. The microwave was fine for this.

Marinade for Varoma Steak
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Tomato Sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Spread over steak while before sealing bag. Oil meat and place onto a hot grill to seal for 1 minute on each side for medium rare. I used a ScanPan grill tray , but a BBQ grill would be excellent too.

Medium Rare and Juicily Delicious!

The meat was tasty, tender and beautifully cooked. I highly recommend cooking steak in this manner.


  1. Love this post Megan! I don't have a BBQ, but you've got me thinking about the ScanPan now. I love the idea of steaming, then sealing. Thanks! I bet you could really influence a few people by serving this up at a Thermomix demo ... maybe just one bite each... 'leave them wanting more' as they say ;-)

  2. Never thought about it that way but I will give it a try.


  3. Megan was it 8 mins with cold water ?

  4. No, that was once it came to Varoma temperature. Sorry, a little inaccurate with my timing.
    Put hot water in and it's quicker.