Traditional Middle Eastern Spiced Steak


Experience the vibrant flavors of the Middle East with this Traditional Middle Eastern Spiced Steak recipe. Infused with aromatic spices and marinated to perfection, this steak offers a succulent, flavorful dish that is both simple and sophisticated, perfect for any special occasion or a family dinner.

Preparation Time: 1 hour (for marinating)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Serving: 4


  • 4 ribeye or sirloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a small bowl, mix olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Place the steaks in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them, making sure each piece is well-coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Cook the Steak:
    • Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature, about 15-20 minutes.
    • Heat a grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Grill the steaks for 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or longer depending on your preference.
  3. Rest and Serve:
    • Transfer the steaks to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
    • Slice the steaks against the grain and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Adjust the level of spices to suit your taste or add other spices like turmeric or allspice for additional flavors.
  • Serving suggestions include a side of couscous, roasted vegetables, or a simple Middle Eastern salad.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 480 kcal
  • Protein: 45g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 32g

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