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Moroccan Grilled Steak Recipe

Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Yield
6 servings
In this Recipe

If you love fresh, fragrant flavor, then this Moroccan grilled steak recipe is an easy way to bring variety and new tastes to your dinner plate!

This recipe comes to us from Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, with a few tweaks by us. While we are big fans of the standard salt and pepper-based steak seasonings that we generally use in America, the vibrant aromatics of this North African-style seasoning are a welcome departure from our normal meals.

Whether you’re hosting a summer barbeque, wanting to serve dinner guests an exotic but easy dinner, or just wanting to elevate your weeknight dinner, this Moroccan grilled steak is a recipe you must try!

Here are the answers to a few questions you may have about this dish. If you are ready to get cooking, just scroll down to the ingredients, and have at it!

What makes the flavor of this Moroccan grilled steak unique?

North Africa is at the confluence of many trade routes and cultures and therefore has developed unique spice blends that bring together many ingredients in ways you’ll find nowhere else. The spice blends of North Africa are generally bold and aromatic, but well balanced, with each element shining in the mix.

These types of blend are often called “ras el hanout,” an Arabic word that means “top shelf” and represents a blend of the best spices available to any given spice trader. Each trader’s blend is different, and can be tweaked to your own preferred taste.

In our blend, allspice forms the base of this blend, bringing a multidimensional flavor that the other spices build on. Cumin adds a warm, earthy flavor, while coriander introduces a slight citrusy undertone. Paprika offers both color and mild sweetness, balanced by the warmth of cinnamon and the gentle heat of black pepper.

If you don’t want to make the blend yourself, you can purchase a pre-made blend like this one. And, if you purchase the blend using our link, we’ll get a small commission – thanks!

What kind of steak works best for this recipe?

This recipe is written for top butt, aka top sirloin, steak. Top sirloin steaks are a flavorful but lean cut of steak that are moderately tender and quite affordable compared to cuts like strip steak or ribeye steak.

We like top butt steaks for recipes like this for two reasons:

  1. Their rich beef flavor is a good pairing with the aromatic seasoning blend.
  2. They are easy to slice into strips for individual servings!

This recipe is made to serve many people in a North African-style meal with everyone enjoying slices of steak, bread, dips, and other side dishes to share family style. However, if you want to make this Moroccan grilled steak recipe into individual-style plated dishes, you could also use these steaks:

  • New York Strip Steaks
  • Ribeye Steaks
  • T-Bone or Porterhouse Steaks

What are some side-dishes that I can serve with this Moroccan grilled steak?

This recipe is meant to be served family-style with lots of shareable spreadable, dippable, and crunchable sides to go with your steak.

A few warmed flatbreads like pita or naan are a must-have to serve with this meal, then start adding more items such as:

DIPS / SPREADS

  • Baba ghanoush
  • Cucumber & yogurt dips like tzatziki
  • Hummus

GRILLED VEGETABLES

  • Bell peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • White onion
  • Zucchini

SALADS

This recipe is written to grill onion and eggplant along with the beef, but you can tweak it as you like!

Can I make this recipe without a grill?

Yes, while this is a Moroccan grilled steak recipe, you don’t need a grill to make it. If you don’t have a grill or don’t want to cook outside, you can use a grill pan on your stovetop or broil the steak in your oven.

For stovetop grilling, heat the pan over medium-high heat and cook the steak for about 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on your desired level of doneness. If broiling, place the steak on a broiler pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side. Both methods will give you a deliciously charred exterior and juicy interior.

I really enjoyed this Moroccan grilled steak! Do you have other North African-inspired recipes I could try?

We are so glad to hear you enjoy this! We love these North African flavors and have a few other recipes you can try:

We hope we’ve answered any questions you may have had about this delicious Moroccan grilled steak recipe. If there are more questions you have, suggestions for side dishes, or tweaks you made to the recipe, please feel free to share them by leaving us a comment below.

Happy cooking – we’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!

Ingredients

  • 1 Leahy’s Angus Top Butt Steak (cut at 1″ thick – about 1.5#)
  • Eggplant (1 large or 2 medium – cut into 1/2″ thick slices)
  • White Onion (1 large or 2 medium – cut into 1/2″ thick slices)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 6 Flatbreads (such as pita bread or naan – warmed)
  • 2 tsp Allspice (ground)
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 2 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Combine rub ingredients. Season the steak generously with the rub then brush vegetables with oil and sprinkle evenly with the remaining rub.

  2. Place the steak over direct heat on a grill preheated to medium. Close the grill and grill for about 6 minutes per side,until it reaches 135ºF, turning occasionally for even cooking.

    Grill the eggplant for 6 to 8 minutes, and the onions 12 to 15 minutes until they are tender, turning occasionally.

  3. Once the steak and vegetables are cooked, remove from the grill. Carve the steak into pieces and cut crosswise in half.

    Arrange the beef and vegetables on a serving tray with the warmed flatbreads and any other sides you wish to serve, as suggested in the recipe above.

    Dig in and enjoy this Moroccan grilled steak family style – cheers!

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