Grilled Tea Spiced NY Strip Steak with Garlic Broccoli

New York Times (7/5/00), Dr. John Weisburger: "HCA (heterocyclic amines) formed when creatine in muscle meats react with amino acids at high temperatures. Sprinkling tea on the meats could help reduce the formation of these amines. May help even to drink strong tea."
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  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Canola oil, to coat steak and cook

4 (8 to 10 ounce) New York strip steaks

1/4 cup oolong tea leaves, fine grind

1 tablespoon ground white pepper

Fleur de sel

Serving suggestion: 3 cups cooked brown rice and Garlic Broccoli, recipe follows

Garlic Broccoli:

Canola oil, for cooking

10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 head broccoli, prepped into small florets and stem, peeled and cut into thin slices, blanched and shocked

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with a little water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Very lightly coat the steaks in oil and sprinkle with tea, white pepper and salt. 
  2. On a hot grill, well oiled, place the steaks on cook for about 4 to 5 minutes a side, criss-crossing them for grill marks. Be careful to move steaks around if/when there are flare ups. 
  3. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing on the bias. 
  4. Place a small mound of brown rice in the middle of a plate and top with the garlic broccoli. Cut the steak on the bias and place on the broccoli. Drizzle sauce around. 

Garlic Broccoli:

  1. In a hot wok, coat with oil and saute the garlic and ginger until soft, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli (florets and stem). Stir-fry for 1 minute, add the oyster sauce and the stock. Check for seasoning. When liquid is boiling, add the cornstarch slurry to thicken. Cook for an additional 30 seconds and check again for seasoning.

Cook’s Note

Recommended beverage: An oak-y Cabernet Sauvignon