Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals: Grilled Steak Ratatouille & Saffron Rice

The chef shares his lightened-up twist on a fabulous French dish.

The chef shares his lightened-up twist on a fabulous French dish

(Credit: David Loftus)

"Ratatouille is that great French classic, and what I want to do is take the essence of that, do it really quickly and lighter with some new little ideas. You’re gonna love this." - Jamie Oliver

Grilled Steak Ratatouille & Saffron Rice

By Jamie Oliver



  • 1 courgette
  • 1 small aubergine
  • 2 mixed-colour peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 heaped tsp harissa
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2–4 cloves of garlic
  • 700 g passata
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ a bunch of fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp fat-free natural yogurt


  • 1 mug (300 g) of 10-minute wholegrain or basmati rice
  • 1 good pinch of saffron
  • ½ a lemon


  • 2 x 250 g sirloin steaks, fat removed
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika olive oil
  • ½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ a lemon


Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Griddle pan, high heat • Small lidded pan, medium heat • Shallow lidded casserole pan, medium heat

Start cooking:

Halve the courgette lengthways, slice the aubergine 1-cm thick and place both on the griddle pan, turning when charred.

Put 1 mug of rice, 2 mugs of boiling water, the saffron, lemon half and a pinch of salt into the small pan, cover and cook until fluffy, stirring occasionally.

Tear the seeds and stalks out of the peppers, then roughly chop with the peeled red onion and put into the casserole pan with the harissa, anchovies and 1 teaspoon of their oil.

Squash in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher and stir regularly.

Remove the charred courgette and aubergine from the griddle pan, leaving it on the heat, and roughly chop them on a board.

Add them to the casserole pan along with the passata and vinegar, and boil with the lid on.

Rub the steaks with salt, the paprika and 1 teaspoon of olive oil and place on the hot griddle pan, turning every minute until cooked to your liking.

On a board, finely slice the parsley stalks and roughly chop the leaves.

Add the mustard and extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper and squeeze over the lemon juice, then mix together and spread over the board.

When the steaks are done, transfer them to the board, turn in the dressing, then slice.

Tear the top leafy half of the basil into the ratatouille, season to taste, and serve with yogurt and saffron rice.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Jamie's 15 Minute Meals - Series 1: © 2012 Jamie Oliver. Visit or follow him at @jamieoliver. Photography by David Loftus Copyright © 2012.


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