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Steak – tenderized and crumbed and a happy childhood memory!

Posted on January 25, 2013 by in beef

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Steak was a weekend luxury when we grew up. Every Friday my mom would bring rump steak from the butchery and Saturday nights after the lawns were cut  and the sprinklers had their turn at freshening the garden, my dad would light the fire and we would grill the rump steaks.

The smell of freshly cut grass and a home fire burning brings back fond memories still. What did we know about grilling steak? Even to ask for my steak medium rare caused a raised eyebrow. I think the only animal protein they would eat raw in those days were biltong!


During the winter months though, my mom would bring home some tenderized steak.  Steak that has gone through the meat tenderizer, which by the way reminded me of an old fashioned roller-type washing machine. My mom had two ways of cooking this steak…either  topped with slices of tomato and onion, salt and pepper and baked in the oven or crumbed and pan-fried. Needless to say, I preferred the latter! Served with creamy, buttery mashed potato and  beetroot salad, made this one of my favorite meals as a child.

I don’t know if you can remember, a while back I had a friend, Pieter van Zyl ( an old schoolfriend) with me in the RSG studio.  I was so everwhelmed that day, to see this man after 37 years, was just so amazing. After our show, I wouldn’t  or couldn’t let go, so we went to Hemelhuijs to catch up on all the old memories. I wanted to hold on to that moment for as long as I could. Pieter told me many stories about my mom helping him through a tough time after his mommy died, but he also told me this story and I was so sad for not remembering it.

Whilst growing up, Pieter’s dad used to buy 1 kg of tenderized steak from my mom’s butchery every Friday afternoon after work. His mom would then cook this steak for them either the Friday or the Saturday….. crumbed, just like I remembered. Sadly, his mommy passed away and somehow his dad kept on buying the  steak, but no-one could cook it like his mommy! Then one Saturday morning I landed up at his house and I cannot remember whether he told me about the steak or how it came about, but I cooked the steak for him, just like his mommy did!  First in the flour…then the beaten egg and then again in the flour! Ooops, I nearly forgot to tell you that we were both just 10 years old when this happened. Afterwards I cleaned the kitchen and left it just like his mommy did! Sad thing is, I don’t remember this, but it did awaken me to the fact that we must be more in tune with each others needs…… one act of random kindbess CAN change the world!!

I don’t know how I knew what to do with the steak, but I can just imagine that I watched my mother as she did it… so thank you mom for teaching even when you think you aren’t!


Tenderized Crumbed Steak

serves 4


4 x 250 gr tenderized steaks – ask your butcher to do this or buy tenderized

375 ml flour

2 T Robertson’s Steak and Chops seasoning

2 eggs – lightly beaten



Season the steaks lightly with salt. Place the 125ml of the flour in a Ziploc bag and add the steaks. Shake the bag to coat each steak with flour. Remove meat from the bag and pour flour and Robertson Spice into a flat bowl or plate. Dip each steak in the beaten egg and then into the flour/spice mix. Make sure each steak is coated properly. Heat a little oil in a cast iron pan and fry the steaks until cooked. Serve with mash and pickled beetroot!


Pickled beetroot

enough for 4


12 baby beetroot

1 T lemon infused olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

2 t sugar

pinch of salt


Boil the beetroot in a pot with water until they are cooked. Remove the skins and place in a glass bowl.  Pour over the  oil, vinegar, sugar and salt and allow to rest for at least 30-60 minutes.   Serve with your tenderized crumbed steak!

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16 Responses to “Steak – tenderized and crumbed and a happy childhood memory!”

  1. Anne Myers 25 January 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Aaah,Nins! Een van jou bestes! Roerend, pragtig. Veels geluk! Xxx

    • nerinatimm 26 January 2013 at 7:42 am #

      Baie dankie Anne, dankie ook vir jou inspirasie…altyd!

  2. Annette Nel 25 January 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Hallo Nina,

    Ek vind jou webwerf so inspirerend. Nie net jou puik resepte nie, maar ook jouself wat jy deel met ons. xx

    • nerinatimm 26 January 2013 at 7:39 am #

      Baie dankie Annette – ek kuier so lekker saam met julle elke Donderag oggend!

  3. Miriam Denny 25 January 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Nina kom nou net van my winkel af, bietjie dun geskuur tussen al die gewoel van n sentrum en lees die storie. verlang nou ook na “long lost” vriende en is sommer hartseer oor verlore dinge.maar jou nostalgiese resep maak my ook sommer lus voel vir die steak!!! baie dankie !!! xxx

    • nerinatimm 26 January 2013 at 7:40 am #

      Ja, ons kry mos maar daardie dae…… ek is bly ek kon darem so bietjie troos bring met die steak!!

  4. Margaret Orton 25 January 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Ek kon nie glo toe ek jou steak resep sien. My sus(69) en ek (66)het onlangs gepraat daarvan hoe ons ma dit vir ons gemaak het en ons so lus was daarvoor. Gaan definitief tenderised steak more soek. Ek geniet jou resepte en mis nie jou praatjies op RSG nie.

    • nerinatimm 26 January 2013 at 7:41 am #

      Baie dankie Margaret….ek het ook my sus so om die draai en ons praat ook gedurig kos…. Ek hoop jy gaan dit geniet…..

  5. Kristal Howard 1 February 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Crumbed steak, going to try it this weekend Not sure if I can ask this but I am looking for a braised steak and onion recipe a favourit from my husbands childhood. Thanks so much.

  6. Jacques van Zyl 2 May 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Ek het ook in ‘n slaghuis in die Paarl(Paarl Vleis Bazaar) my pa s’n grootgeword. Martelize Brink se pa het sy potjiekosvleis by my pa gekoop. Ons gunstelingdis Saterdagaande na ek en my broer, Anton die Bergrivier getem het, was ook steak(sulke dik rump steaks) in krummels(nie meel), gemaak met regte egte broodkrummels-nie gekoop-my ma het dit self gemaak, vars tuinertjies en die lekkerste tjips wat ek nog ooit geproe het!

    • nerinatimm 2 May 2013 at 11:55 am #

      Ai, die onthou kossies is darem baie lekker!!

  7. URSULA SMIT 23 May 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    For approximately how long should the steaks be fried on a gas stove, please?

    • nerinatimm 23 May 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      If your steaks are reasonably thin, cook just until crumbs are golden brown and meat not bleeding when cut!

  8. Chantel 1 March 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Nina, hoe gaan die gedagtes you terug. Ek gaan sommer dadelik wegspring. Dankie vir die pragtige storie agter die heerlike ‘onthou-ek-nou’ resep. Ek glo so 7min aan elke kant op elektriese stoof sal die ding doen?

  9. andrea 29 July 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi, you mention spices in the ingerdients but not again in the method. I assume you put the coated meat into the spice and not flour?

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