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Grilled Flat Iron Steak w/Red Onion Relish


  • 1 ½ lb piece tri-tip sirloin (650 gm)
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, coarsely ground
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne (1 ml)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (15 ml)
  • Sea salt to taste

Spicy Red Onion Relish

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (15 ml)
  • 2 large red onions, quartered/thinly sliced
  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 small stick cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds, ground
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (15 ml)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (15 ml)
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (30 ml)
  • 1 dried chile, crushed


  1. Combine the oil and onions in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook until onions reduce by half, about 6 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Skewer cinnamon sticks through cleaned, halved strawberries.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low and stir well to combine.
  5. Cover and cook until the relish is thick and onions are very soft, about 17-20 min.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and thyme sprigs.
  7. Set aside until ready to serve.
  8. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 weeks.
  9. Pre-heat bbq to high.
  10. Rub tri-tip with olive oil and season with salt and rub with cumin and cayenne.
  11. Grill on medium high for about 3-4 minutes per side for 1½" thick meat and internal temperature reaches 135° F.
  12. Serve with relish and favourite veggies.