I love steak sandwiches done right. Make sure you get bread which is crusty but with a nice dough interior, which means you can pick it up in your hands to eat - the only way steak sandwiches were ever meant to be eaten!


  • 2 (125g each) striploin or rib eye beef steaks
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 2 small ciabattas (cut in half)
  • 25 g rocket leaves
  • 1/2 red onion (peeled and finely sliced)
  • some aioli - a spoonful per sandwich will do


  • Season the steaks generously with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and fry the steaks for 2–3 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer the steaks to a plate, cover with foil and allow them time to rest.
  • Once rested, slice the steaks thinly, toss in the juices that have run off and season with salt.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by spreading the aioli on the ciabatta halves, adding a little rocket, red onion, juicy steak slices and topping with the other ciabatta halves.


This recipe and many more are available in Donal's book, Kitchen Hero, published by Harper Collins.