Bistecche Piccanti {Spicy Steak}


Sometimes I just want a piece of steak. I’m going to tell you a little secret though, I’m not the best grill master in the world. GASP. There I said it, whew. I feel better. So the idea of going outside and firing up the grill pretty much isn’t high on my list. What do I do in those cases? Wait for Mr. Bell’alimento  to come home to grill. He is the grill master in our casa. And I’m okay with that ; ) 

But this grilling recipe is doable for me. Why, because they’re minute steaks and I can cook them INSIDE on my grill pan : ) Happy day. Plus it makes me feel like a pseudo grill master.

Minute Steaks are those thin steaks you see at the market and cook up in, yes, you guessed it MINUTES! Brilliant right ; ) Although I must admit, it’s nice when something actually matches it’s name. Unlike JUMBO shrimp, Baby Grand Pianos, etc etc, pfft…oxymoron’s!

Although the steaks cook up in minutes, you will need to let them marinate. The marinade is what makes this recipe so don’t skimp on the pool party/marinade time. Let them rest and mingle with the flavors. The better the get to know each other the better they’ll taste to your taste buds!



Bistecche Piccanti {Spicy Steaks}
What you’ll  need:
4 steaks {thin cut, minute steaks}
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brandy

What to do:
1. Into a pie pan or other deep side pan add: oil, Worcester sauce, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, brandy. Season with salt. Whisk to combine. Place steaks into marinade, turning a few times to coat well.  Allow to marinate for approximately 1 hour.

2. Place a grill pan over medium – high heat. Remove steaks from marinade, and place them into hot grill pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of your steaks. Allow steaks to rest for a few minutes prior to slicing.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    I’m still scared to grill…I don’t know why but it intimidates the heck out of me! I do love my grill pan though 🙂

  2. 2

    I am no grill master. Heck, I barely touch the thing. But I married one. And he’s going to have to make me these steaks. Wonderful post Paula! Those photos just called me right over. Couldn’t help but to click on such gorgeous looking steak.

    • 2.1

      Thanks so much Amanda. I happily give up the grill master title in our house too ; )

  3. 3

    These sound great!! I love the fact that you added Worcester sauce and red pepper flakes. The juices flowing from the steaks is fantastic!!

    • 3.1

      Thanks Paul! You can absolutely kick up the heat by adding more red pepper flakes : )

  4. 4

    I love steak! A spicy version sounds pretty incredible too 🙂

  5. 5

    Oh my, that looks delicious! I’ve always been scared of steak, too. My husband was the one who had to show me how easy they were to “grill” in the oven. 🙂

  6. 6

    Yummo! My steak always has to have mushrooms on it 😉
    – Brittany

  7. 7

    I have a grill master at my house, too, but sometimes I like to take control and fire up the grill pan in the kitchen. I’ve been craving a good steak for at least a week now but it’s just so darned cold out there where the grill lives. Gonna grab some minute steaks and satisfy that craving without the need for a sweater 🙂

  8. 8

    Love the abbreviated ingredient list – I think I have everything in stock! Looks wonderful…perfect for this dreary, cold weather.

  9. 9

    I love when women master the grill! (even if it is just the grill pan, teehee!)

    Small small typo: ‘you have to let these steaks marinaTe, not marinade.’ No biggie, I still Stumbled you–are you proud of my Stumbling abilities? 🙂

  10. 10

    I love your Italian titles. They’re so romantic. The bistecca sounds delightfully spicy and delicious.

  11. 11

    You met my grill master in Alabama … I make it taste good, and he cooks it for me. It is the perfect relationship because as he grills I have time to fiddle with sides! Your steak sounds BEYOND yummy! Was so faboosh to meet you and I CAN’T wait to see you again in Hot-lanta!

  12. 12

    I LOVE Steak.. a spicy version sounds delish!

  13. 13

    a good steak like this can be a girl’s best friend

  14. 14

    My boyfriend is the grill master in my house too! I’m not ashamed to say it 🙂 These ingredients look great!

  15. 15

    Paula, I do love to grill outside, however I prefer it in the summer. LOVE this indoor steak recipe – thanks for sharing. I gotta try it 🙂

  16. 16

    This looks ridiculously yummy!

  17. 17

    Yum! This looks like a fabulous recipe… My hubby would love it!

  18. 18

    Now this I was eyeing all week! I’m ready for some steak! My 1/2 side of beef comes next week and you better believe this is on my list 😀 XOXO!!

  19. 19

    yes. yes. yes

    those are some of my favorite ingredients for marinating steaks (and chicken)


    I have been craving a good steak and you’ve just solidified it

  20. 20


    I want a steak now.

  21. 21
    lisa /

    This recipe is right up my alley.

  22. 22

    This is so, so beautiful! I just had to share your link with my readers too – they’re steak lovers in the first degree! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe and beautiful photos!

    Steak Enthusiast


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