Want an easy low carb meal that is bound to impress? Look no further than this pan-seared chili rubbed steak recipe. Topped with a creamy avocado sauce, it’s a wonderful keto meal. This post is sponsored by California Avocados.
You know those meals that stick with you long after you’ve had them? And by stick, I don’t mean the ones that put a little extra weight on your hips. I mean the ones you can’t get out of your head, that you hark back to for years to come, thinking how great they were. The ones that have you starting stories with “One of the best meals I’ve ever had was…”. And oftentimes, it’s not the expensive ones at the fancy restaurants that you feel are supposed to be memorable but really aren’t. I once went to a very expensive dinner at L’Espalier in Boston and for the life of me, I can’t remember what I ate. It was good but it wasn’t memorable. But I can remember in vivid detail the meal I ate after running the New York Half Marathon 5 years ago. It wasn’t fancy but it was perfect.
Of course, I can’t remember the name of the restaurant at all. I just know that the stars aligned and the circumstances were just right. I was still very much on a runner’s high after crushing my PR goals, and I was hungry. My friend and I went back to our hotel, showered and changed and giddy, and I could have eaten a horse. Instead, I chose steak and eggs served with a creamy guacamole. Nothing remarkable or flashy about it, just really good food that satisfied like nothing else.
Steak and avocado go together so well and I don’t pair them up nearly enough. With California Avocados coming into season, it was time I revisited that idea. I wanted something really flavorful that showcased the amazing creamy freshness of those gorgeous avocados. And I wanted something that’s easy enough to serve any day of the week, but still impressive enough to wow guests and make for a memorable meal. Just saying “avocado crema” sounds impressive, and it looks stunning drizzled over the sliced steak. You don’t need to tell people it took you all of about 5 seconds to make.
You can pan-sear these steaks or you can grill them. I love grilling steaks but this time I decided to sear them in a hot cast iron pan. Get that pan nice and hot, add the oil, and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes to really lock in those juices. Then flip and sear another 2 minutes on the other side. So easy and so good, it may have you harking back to this meal for a long time to come.
Many thanks to California Avocados for partnering with me to bring you this recipe.