How to cook a melt-in-your-mouth rump steak

Often touted as the tastiest cut of beef, the rump is one of our favourite steaks. This flavoursome cut comes from the hardest working part of the beast - the backside. It tends to be a more chewy bite than other cuts due to the marbling through the steak, but a well-sourced, quality rump cooked properly can be a delicious dinner option.

So how do you cook your rump steaks to perfection? Follow our simple steps to a delicious dinner.

  1. If your steaks have been in the fridge, take them out about an hour prior to cooking and let them come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  3. Place your heavy-based pan or hotplate over a high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil. 
  4. Pat your steaks down with some paper towel and generously sprinkle them with some good quality salt.
  5. We want the pan to get smoking hot...literally! Once the pan has started to smoke, carefully place the rump steak onto the pan.
  6. Turn the steak once after 3 minutes.
  7. Then move your seared rump steak to a roasting tray or tin and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes
  8. Finally take the rump steak out of the oven, season with a little more pepper and let it sit on a warm plate for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve!

Some additional ideas to up the ante with your rump steak are:

  • Cook your rump with rosemary salt! Combine the rosemary leaves and sea salt and some freshly ground pepper in a mortar and pestle, and grind them to a fine salt. Rub over both sides of the steaks before cooking.
  • Slice your cooked rump steak into strips and serve with a thai-style salad for a Thai Beef Salad.
  • Use your rump steak in a spicy stir-fry or a creamy Beef Stroganoff.
  • Serve a delicious sauce with your cooked rump steak. We recommend garlic butter sauce, mushroom sauce or Chimichurri sauce.

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