Cilantro Steak Potato Bowls

Cilantro Steak Potato Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner. A quick morning marinade provides a flavorful steak by dinnertime. The steak is served along with sweet potato noodles and a cilantro based sauce. 

The ingredients for September’s Improv Cooking Challenge were Coriander and Potatoes. I knew that I was most likely going to use cilantro instead of coriander for this recipe. To me, coriander is used in the winter and cilantro is used in the summer. Which really makes no sense other than in my own head. 💁

WHAT IS CORIANDER?

Coriander is a spice. It has a warm, citrusy flavor and is common in middle eastern dishes. It is common to be found in seed or ground form.

WHAT IS CILANTRO?

Cilantro is the leaves and stems of the coriander plant. It looks very similar to parsley but has a taste similar to a lime.

Cilantro Steak Potato Bowls are such an easy weeknight meal to prepare. If you can marinate the steak all day it has a really great flavor to it. But if you only have 30 minutes or so after work, it still tastes delicious. The sweet potato noodles are a great contrast against the cilantro and avocado sauce. The whole dish comes together quickly and is a really flavorful meal.

WHAT IS THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE? 

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CILANTRO STEAK POTATO BOWL INGREDIENTS

  • Steak Marinade: 1 pound strip steak, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • Avocado-Cilantro Sauce: 1/2 ripe avocado, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon honey, 2-4 tablespoons water, salt and pepper
  • Bowls: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 thinly sliced small onion, 2 cups sweet potato noodles, 2 cups arugula, 1/2 sliced avocado, salt and pepper

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    Cilantro Steak Potato Bowls

    Cilantro Steak Potato Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner. A quick morning marinade provides a flavorful steak by dinnertime. The steak is served along with sweet potato noodles and a cilantro based sauce. 

    • Author: NicholeL
    • Prep Time: 10 mins
    • Cook Time: 20 mins
    • Total Time: 30 mins
    • Yield: 2 1x
    • Category: Beef, Entree
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    Ingredients

    For the Marinade:

    • 1 lb strip steaks
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro

    For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce:

    • 1/2 ripe avocado
    • 1/4 cup cilantro
    • 1 tbsp lime juice
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 24 tbsp water (as needed)
    • salt and pepper to taste

    For the Bowl:

    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, thinly sliced into rings
    • 2 cups sweet potato noodles
    • 2 cups arugula
    • 1/2 avocado, sliced
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    For the Steak:

    1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Place the steak in a zip top bag and pour marinade over it. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 8 hours.
    2. Preheat a grill to high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and discard the marinade.
    3. Cook the steak for 3-4 minutes on each side or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
    4. Set steak aside and allow to rest.

    For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce:

    1. Combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice and honey in a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of water and process until smooth, adding the additional water if needed.
    2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

    For the Bowl:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softening and browned.
    2. Add the sweet potato noodles to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes more for al dente.
    3. Divide the sweet potato mixture into bowls. Slice the steak against the grain and portion out. Add the arugula and sliced avocado to each bowl.
    4. Drizzle the avocado-cilantro sauce on top. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

    Notes

    Many grocery stores sell sweet potato noodles already spiralized for you. If you can’t find them, butternut squash is a great quick alternative if you’re not feeling up to using your spiralizer on a sweet potato.

    Keywords: sweet potato, steak, avocado, cilantro, sweet potato noodles, cilantro steak potato bowls, improv cooking challenge

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One Comment

  1. Love the sweet potato noodles and am happy that your dish is different from the rest of ours.

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