Fiorentina Steak Recipe | Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Fiorentina steak, also known as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, is a famous Italian dish originating from Tuscany. This iconic steak is traditionally made from the Chianina breed of cattle, known for its tender and flavorful meat. The steak is cut thick, typically from the loin, and is cooked simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The key to the Fiorentina steak dish lies in its preparation and quality of the meat. It's usually grilled over a wood or charcoal fire to achieve a crusty exterior while maintaining a juicy and tender inside. The steak is often served rare or medium-rare to fully savor the natural flavors of the meat.

Fiorentina steak is a beloved specialty in Tuscany, often shared among diners due to its size, making it a social and celebratory dish in Italian cuisine. here's a recipe for preparing Fiorentina steak:

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Ingredients of Fiorentina steak:

  • 1 or 2 Porterhouse steak (about 2-3 pounds each)
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 sprigs fresh chopped rosemary
  • 4-5 lemon wedges (for garnishing)

Instructions of Making Fiorentina steak:

1. Prepare the Steak:
  • Take the steak out of the refrigerator about 30-60 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature.
  • Pat the steak dry with paper towels. This helps to get a nice sear when cooking.
  • Press chopped rosemary onto both sides of  steak and let is marinate for another 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the Grill:
  • If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare the coals and let them burn until they're medium-hot. For a gas grill, preheat to high.
3. Season the Steak:
  • Brush both sides of the steak lightly with olive oil.
  • Generously season the steak with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. The salt helps to form a crust while cooking.
  • Place the steak on the grill over direct heat. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side for medium-rare doneness (adjust cooking time based on thickness and desired doneness).
  • For those beautiful grill marks, rotate the steak about halfway through the cooking time on each side.
5. Resting:
  • Once cooked to your preferred doneness, remove the steak from the grill and let it rest on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and keeps the steak juicy.
6. Serving of Fiorentina steak:
  • After resting, slice the steak against the grain into thick slices.
  • Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the slices before serving.
  • Garnish the platter with lemon wedges
  • Serve Fiorentina steak with roast potatoes, sautéed spinach or silverbeet and white cannellini beans. 
Please remember that cooking times can vary based on grill heat, steak thickness and desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the steak reaches your preferred internal temperature (around 130°F for medium-rare).

Enjoy your Fiorentina steak!

 Recipe Card
Cuisine: Italian, Course: Lunch, Prep Time: 60 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Resting Time: 5 minutes, Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes, Servings: 4

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