Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Wagyu Sirloin and Thrice-Cooked Chips



‘I’m not really a fan of simple cooking. It’s too quick and easy, allowing far too much time to devote to other chores like ironing and cleaning. I’d rather immerse myself in something massively complicated so that I have an excuse not to do any of the other stuff I can’t stand. Like job-hunting.

With this in mind, I was beginning to regret this week’s Recipe Shed challenge form the moment I suggested it: 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS (excluding salt, pepper and cooking oil.

What on earth can you do with 5 ingredients or less that isn’t a sandwich or an assembled pasta dish? One recipe immediately came to mind – @the_moiderer’s one-ingredient slow-cooked gammon, but I’ve posted that here before. I wanted to share something that had a bit more technique.


For 2 people

2 thick sirloin or rib-eye steaks, approx. 250-300g in weigh
4-5 large floury potatoes (I used Maris Piper), peeled and cut into thick chips
3 Portobello breakfast mushrooms, chopped
100g Stilton cheese, chopped
1 litre vegetable or sunflower oil
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Seat salt

1 Sous Vide water bath
1 Sous Vide vacuum sealer
1 cast iron frying pan
1 deep frying pan
1 large saucepan
1 small non-stick saucepan

1. Fill the Sous Vide water bath below the Max. line with cold water. Set the digital temperature control to 57.5C, and the timer to 2 hours (I’m not creating a link to the Sous Vide site here as people have complained about being bombarded with info. But if you’d like to know more, just give it a Google).

2. Vacuum-pack the steaks and once the water bath is at the correct temperature, gently lower the steaks into the water.

3. Meanwhile, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and parboil the chips for approx. 12-15 mins, until tender and at the brink of falling apart. Drain and transfer to a plate.

4. Heat the oil (reserving a little for oiling the steaks later) in the large frying pan and cook the parboiled chips in batches. This drives the moisture out of the potatoes and wrinkles the outsides to create a greater surface area for the final stage later.

5. Prepare the sauce by mixing the chopped mushrooms and cheese together and very gently heating in a small non-stick frying pan, for approx. 10-12 mins.

6. Heat the cast iron frying pan until it is white hot. Remove the steaks from the water bath, scissor-open the vac-seal bag, drain the juice and then, on a plate, rub the steaks with oil, a little salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

7. Re-heat the oil in the large frying pan for the third cooking stage for the chips. When the heat is close to smoking hot, cook the chips in batches for 1-2 minutes, until the chips are crisp and golden. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper, before seasoning with salt and pepper.

8. At the same time, flash-fry the oiled steaks in the cast iron pan, for about 1 min each side, to create a caramelised golden crust.

9. Serve the steak and chips with a big dollop of the creamy Stilton mushrooms and wilted spinach.


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• Next Thursday’s Recipe Shed challenge will be…CAKES AND BAKES. Savoury or sweet…you decide.


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26 Responses to Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Wagyu Sirloin and Thrice-Cooked Chips

  1. You’re steak and chips looks tasty. Think I may win this challenge – my recipe only has one ingredient!

  2. Jenny Paulin

    Is it wrong to have steak and chips for breakfast?? Nom nom that looks yummy x

  3. Anton1a

    You have just reminded me, we used to have steak and chips on a Saturday when I was a child- it was not as impressive as this, however- I think you have just sorted our Saturday evening meal! Looks great, well done :)

  4. Looks delicious as usual – I really must do those thrice-cooked chips one day…

  5. I’ve counted those ingredients twice and you’ve definitely got 7 in that list. I know it’s picky to count salt and pepper as ingredients, but they’re your rules not mine.

    • keithkendrick

      John, Have a read of the post. It states clearly that the 5 ingredients excludes salt, pepper and oil. I’m sending you some reading glasses in the post.

  6. Anton1a

    Just added a second one, you inspired me to create this week! By the way, seeing the steak above again is making me very hungry, even after that soup….

  7. those creamy stilton mushrooms would be lushious on toast!

  8. Having scoured our blogposts, we found a recipe with exactly 5 ingredients! Quite a challenge and it includes salt and oil so really only 3 by your rules.

  9. ooh that looks lovely…I could eat that right now, those chips look amazing!

  10. Hmm I’ve seen those chips once or thrice before…

  11. One for the carnivores so fabulous.
    Will try and link up later

  12. OMG that looks yummy! & you have a Sous Vide – most jealous!

  13. maybe less than five ingrediants, but how many stages?? Mind you, looks delicious!

  14. I am seriously impressed that you own a vacuum sealer and special water bath for cooking steaks in…….!

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  16. We loved taking part in your Recipe Shed Meme – what a great idea! Your Steak and Thrice Cooked Chips are to die for – our food ed is very envious of your special vacuum and water bath gadgets!

  17. Mine isn’t quite a meal…more of a snack, but hope that’s ok!

  18. Looks yummy and am going to try that minus the peas! :)

  19. That steak and chips looks fantastic! I am feeling very hungry – and it makes my left over veg from the garden soup look a tad pathetic. Hey ho! Sorry for the late entry in the recipe shed. Cakes and Bakes I’m well up for after a week of inspiration on the Great British Bake Off Final!!

  20. Yum yum, it’s only early in the morning, and you are making me hungry….@Kahanka

  21. Nooooooo! Not the chips again!

  22. Those chips look amazing!!!!

  23. Excellent idea! And one I am on the case to take part in too. I’m mentally counting the ingredients for tonight’s dinner now :)
    Will see if I’m on track for tomorrow’s link up

  24. I knew I shouldn’t have looked at your post before I’d had my tea…I am starving….I can just dream of chips & steak like that!

  25. yum, yum, yum, yum! I’d forgive my husband any household chores if he’d cook me that every night!