Sicilian Style Stea

Background and History

Sicilian cuisine is a vibrant fusion of flavors from various Mediterranean cultures, influenced by Greek, Arab, and Spanish culinary traditions. Sicilian-style steak, or “Bistecca alla Siciliana,” showcases this rich culinary heritage with its bold flavors and simple preparation. This dish typically features a succulent steak seasoned with aromatic herbs, garlic, and tangy citrus, reflecting the sunny and diverse landscape of Sicily.


  • 4 servings


  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Marinating: 1 hour
  • Cooking: 15 minutes


  • 4 boneless ribeye or sirloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Prepare the marinade

In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, lemon zest, orange zest, lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

Marinate the steaks

Place the steaks in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the steaks, making sure they are evenly coated. Cover or seal the dish/bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld.

Preheat the grill or skillet

Preheat your grill or skillet to medium-high heat.

Grill or pan-sear the steaks

Remove the steaks from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Grill the steaks for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or adjust cooking time according to your desired doneness. If using a skillet, cook the steaks for the same amount of time, flipping halfway through.

Rest the steaks

Once cooked to your liking, transfer the steaks to a plate and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.

Serve: Garnish the steaks with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

  • Per Serving (1 steak):
  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Total Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 36g


  • For added flavor, you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the marinade.
  • Make sure to let the steaks come to room temperature before grilling or pan-searing for more even cooking.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. You can add more herbs or spices for a bolder flavor.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains garlic. Ensure it is safe for consumption if you or your guests have garlic allergies.

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