Fried Steak

Fried steak is exactly what it is: fried pieces of steak! It’s one of the recipes that remind me of Ramadan at home when I was young one and although it may seem basic, it delivers the most delicious outcome in the shortest time. Mind you, this isn’t using sirloin, rib eye or any of those proper cuts of steak, this is the halal butcher’s version of steak. 

Either way, these pieces of beef are marinated in a spiced yoghurt (the usual ginger, garlic, garam masala etc), cooked, dipped in batter and then fried until golden. The meat will be extremely soft and tender.

We used an Instant Pot for this recipe as it pressure cooks the meat super quickly (in ten minutes!) so that you can have this dish ready on your iftar table in no time at all.

Fried Steak Recipe


500g halal butcher’s beef steak, sliced into medium 2”x4” rectangle pieces
3 tbsp yoghurt
1 heaped tsp garam masala 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp garlic
½ tsp ginger
1 tbsp green chutney (coriander and green chilli combined)
¼ tsp turmeric 
1 egg, beaten with milk 
½-1 tsp chilli powder 
Fresh breadcrumbs 


  1. In the instant pot pan, whisk together the yoghurt, garam masala, salt, ginger, garlic, green chutney and turmeric. 
  2. Mix in the pieces of steak and place the pan into the Instant Pot. Pour in half a glass of water and cook on “Meat” function for 10 minutes. 
  3. Press saute to dry off the meat and leave aside. If you are not using an Instant Pot, boil the meat in a pan until it is tender and then dry off the meat. 
  4. Whisk together the beaten egg, milk and chilli powder in a bowl.
  5. Add oil to a deep pan over medium heat and once hot, toss the steak pieces into the fresh breadcrumbs and ensure all areas are covered, dip into the egg wash and then slowly place in the pan to fry. Fry for a few minutes until golden. 
  6. Serve with coconut chutney, chilli sauce or imli. 
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