The Mustard Guide For Steak

The Mustard Guide for Steak

Mustard compliments most steak recipes

A mustard marinade is a popular choice to go with steak, as is the condiment itself. A very strong tasting and often spicy paste, it is a great addition to sandwiches and is also a popular choice for adding to meats. Its uses are said to date back to 6th century BC where it was used as a remedy for stings the ancient Romans also used to use it as a condiment similar to us nowadays.

Mustard is an important condiment to go with steak, and due to its very pungent taste, it is often used in very small quantities so that it doesn’t overpower the food which it accompanies. Mustard comes from the cruciferous plant family and comes in two main varieties; the white-yellow seed or the Asian-brown seed. The white seed has a weaker taste and is a larger seed and is usually made into the type of mustard found on hot dogs. The brown type has a very strong taste and is usually used in strong tasting or spicy dishes.

There are 3 main types of mustard and each taste different to the next but all vary in strength and flavor:

  • Dijon – Made from the brown mustard seeds, vinegar, verjus, and white wine this mustard is a very strong flavor and you will only need a little to go with your steak. Alternatively, you can make a creamy sauce with this mustard to dilute the strength a little.
  • English – White and black mustard seeds mixed together, this type of mustard has been made in England since 1814 and is one of the hottest mustards out there – use sparingly.
  • American – A much milder flavor than the Dijon and English mustards, this yellow colored mustard is a great addition to hot dogs or when used as a salad dressing. When mixed with honey and mayonnaise this makes the delicious ‘honey mustard’ dressing.

Creating your own mustard sauce as your steak marinade or rub

If you are having a barbeque or you want to grill your steaks, all you need to do is create your own mustard based barbeque sauce. A basic recipe includes: 2 tbsp butter, 1 cup yellow mustard, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/3 cup brown sugar, ½ cup balsamic vinegar. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together and then simmer over a medium heat for half an hour.

Alternatively you might like to try Honey Mustard Barbeque Sauce, Sweet Mustard Sauce or Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce. The Golden Carolina is made with:

  • 1 1/2 cups prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

Mix the ingredients together in a pan and simmer over a low heat for half an hour. Allow to cool and then refrigerate for a few hours before use. Enjoy the pungent flavor of mustard that compliments grilled steak so well. Find mustard complemented steak recipes on Recipebridge.

Posted by RecipeBridge Staff Writer June 14th 2012
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