Watermelon Steaks- Fresh watermelon sliced into steak-like pieces then marinated in a tasty combination of balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to turn a traditionally sweet watermelon into a savory masterpiece that will knock the socks off everyone in the family.
Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon! I can't get enough of this sweet juicy fruit during the hot summer months. Whether you're eating it by the slice, in a salad, or blending it into a refreshing smoothie, there's no denying that watermelon is a summer staple. It's delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but did you know you can cook watermelon too? It might sound crazy, but trust me, it's so good!
This savory recipe is perfect for summer get-togethers! The watermelon is immersed in a delicious marinade, leaving it bursting with flavor. Then it's pan-seared to perfection, creating a melt-in-your-mouth dish even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. The sweetness of the watermelon pairs perfectly with the flavor combinations of the steak marinade, plus it's a fun way to add some variety to your summertime meal repertoire. Best of all, it's easy to make and doesn't require any complicated equipment.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
Bursting With Flavor- This vegan steak is marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, oil, liquid smoke, and garlic, then cooked to tasty perfection.
Easy To Make- This recipe is easy to follow, requires minimal prep, and can be made in just a few simple steps. From start to finish, these savory "steaks" can be ready to enjoy in less than an hour.
Perfect Summertime Meal- Watermelon steak is so delicious. It's light, refreshing, and will leave you feeling satisfied. It's the ideal addition to any summertime barbecue or get-together.
Simple Ingredients- This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry or can easily be found at your local grocery store.
Equipment Needed To Make Homemade Watermelon Steaks
- Mixing Bowl
- Pastry Brush
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Spoons
Ingredients For Watermelon Steaks
- Liquid Smoke
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Cloves
- Vegan Feta Cheese
- Fresh Mint
How To Make Watermelon Steaks
To make pan-seared watermelon steaks, start by cutting the watermelon into long "steaks" and removing the rind. Mix liquid ingredients with salt and pepper (to taste) in a mixing bowl. Brush each steak with the mixture and let it marinate for about 20 minutes. When ready, cook the watermelon in a skillet until golden brown on both sides. Serve topped with crumbled vegan feta cheese and fresh mint.
What to Serve/Pair With Watermelon Steaks
Pan-Seared watermelon steak is delicious on their own or can be served as part of a larger meal. These "steaks" would make excellent appetizers at parties, cut into small pieces, and served with a toothpick. You can also serve them with various sides for a complete meal. Try pairing them with roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, or a simple green salad.
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- To make pan-seared watermelon steak extra flavorful, try adding some fresh herbs to the marinade, such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano.
- If you don't have balsamic vinegar, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
- Add a pinch of chili flakes to the marinade for a bit of heat.
- For a sweeter flavor, add a tablespoon of maple syrup or agave nectar to the marinade.
- If you don't have fresh mint, you can use chopped basil or cilantro in its place.
How To Reheat & Store
What Is The Best Way To Store Watermelon Steaks?
They best stored in the fridge in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
How Long Will Pan-Seared Watermelon Steaks Last In The Fridge?
Up to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored correctly in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze Vegan Watermelon Steaks?
Yes! Simply place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How To Reheat Watermelon Steaks?
You can reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave. If reheating in the microwave, be sure to only heat for a few seconds at a time so that the watermelon doesn't become mushy.
Can I make watermelon steaks without marinating them?
Yes! You don't have to marinate them, but they won't be as flavorful. Marinating helps to infuse them with flavor and also prevents them from drying out when cooked.
Do I have to use a skillet for cooking these watermelon steaks?
No, you don't have to use a skillet for cooking pan-seared watermelon steak. You could also do grilled watermelon or cook them in the oven. Remember that cook times will vary depending on your chosen cooking method.
Can I make these watermelon steaks ahead of time?
Yes, you can make watermelon steaks ahead of time. Prepare the "steaks" according to the recipe instructions and store them in the fridge until you're ready to cook them.
How do I know when watermelon steaks are done cooking?
You will know that watermelon steaks are done cooking when they're golden brown on both sides and slightly charred around the edges.
Can I make these watermelon steaks without vegan feta cheese?
Yes, you can serve watermelon steak without the feta cheese. If you don't like feta cheese or don't have any at home, you could top the "steaks" with vegan cream cheese or vegan goat cheese instead.
Don't Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How It Turned Out!
- 4 1-inch slices of watermelon
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 2 Garlic cloves
- Vegan feta to serve with
- Mint fresh
- Cut the rind of the watermelon slices and make a long “steak”.
- In a mixing bowl, combine liquid smoke, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste.
- Brush the mixture over the watermelon and marinate for 20 minutes.
- Heat some oil in a skillet, over medium-high heat.
- Cook the watermelon in the skillet for 3-4 minutes or until nicely browned.
- Serve steaks warm, served with Vegan feta cheese and some fresh mint.