Southwestern Beef Steak with Succotash Saute
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Kids Cook! Get your kids involved in the kitchen by having them help out with this recipe. Here’s what they can do!* Have kids help measure most of these ingredients, but leave the spicy stuff for the adults. Have them watch as you coat the steak. And teach them about the grain of the meat.

Dietitian's Tip: If succotash is new for your child, try introducing it alongside well-liked, familiar, food. When children see food on the table they like to eat they come more relaxed and may just decide it would not be the end of the world to try a forkful of succotash, or maybe not!
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) EACH Cajun spice* and ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) EACH salt and hot pepper flakes
  • 1 lb (500 g) Beef Grilling Steak (e.g. Top Sirloin, Strip Loin, Tenderloin) 1-inch thick
  • Simple Succotash Sauté (recipe follows)
  1. Combine Cajun spice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes in small bowl. Set aside half of mixture.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of steak with remaining mixture.
  3. Grill steak over medium-high heat until medium, about 10 minutes, turning twice or more for medium-rare doneness (145°F/63°C). Remove to plate; cover loosely with foil.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.
  5. Serve with Simple Succotash Sauté.
Cooking tip:
I'm a bit of a stickler for cutting meat across the grain. The grain refers to the muscle fibres. Look for the direction of the long strands of muscle fibres and cut perpendicular to that. When you cut across the grain you cut into those fibres making them only as thick as the slice. It ends up being easier to chew because there are short strands of meat fibres, not long ones. Using a sharp knife is important so that you're not pressing down and squeezing out all the tasty juices (what a sin that would be!).

Steak will keep for 3-4 days and succotash will keep for 3-5 days in refrigerator.

Please Note
*All “Kid’s Cook!” ideas herein are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they know and understand your rules for working in the kitchen safely and always supervise kids in the kitchen.
Recipe by Yummy Lunch Club at