If you’re going vegetarian or vegan and miss steak, we are here to save you. But let it be clear that your dietary preferences don’t really matter when it comes to this vegan steak. Even if you’re a big-time steak fan and just want to mix things up, watermelon steak is going to be your answer.
Wait, a fruit steak?
Yes, it does sound weird at first. Why on earth would you turn a sweet, crunchy fruit to steak? But hear us out. When grilled, the texture of watermelon steak actually resembles that of raw tuna. The planks look like smoked beef, often called ‘watermelon meat’, and do not taste as sweet as the watermelon used in making this savory dish.
Invented by chef Jeffrey Fournier, the authentic watermelon steak recipe uses the fruit(without rind), butter, cream sherry, salt and pepper – baked to perfection. But many recipe enthusiasts have come up with their own versions that require you to grill, roast or even pan-smear the pieces. Depending on your cooking method, the watermelon steak can take anywhere from ten minutes to two hours to get ready.
During the process the water from the fruit evaporates and the sweetness is reduced. This is because the smokey flavor subdues the natural sugary element in the fruit. The best thing you can do with watermelon steak is to eat it warm to hot, so that the natural fruity freshness of the melon is still lingering.
And ehat if you marianate the watermelon overnight? This recipe shows how you can win hearts at your next BBQ!
Now that you know about this vegan steak option, you’ll be tempted to try it at home. It’s one of the easiest fancy recipes you can make, after all. And because the texture resembles that of meat, you might be tempted into considering it a meat alternative. But this steak alternative won’t help you meet your protein requirement. All is well, though. Sprinkle some plant based protein powder on your vegan steak and enjoy the delicacy!
Don’t forget to try this incredible vegan egg recipe.