Fillet of Steak with Bananas Recipe - Traditional Tanzanian Cuisine

Fillet of Steak with Bananas

Fillet of Steak with Bananas Recipe - Traditional Tanzanian Cuisine
Region / culture: Tanzania | Preparation time: 1 hour | Cooking time: 7 minutes | Servings: 4


Fillet of Steak with Bananas
Fillet of Steak with Bananas

This unique recipe combines the savory flavors of fillet of steak with the sweetness of bananas for a delicious and unexpected dish.


The combination of steak and bananas may seem unusual, but it actually has a long history in Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. The sweet and savory flavors complement each other perfectly, creating a dish that is both flavorful and satisfying.


How to prepare

  1. Cut the steak into 1-inch thick slices. Trim into neat rounds and pound.
  2. Season with salt and brush with oil. Let it marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Sear both sides quickly in hot fat. Cook for a total of 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise, then crosswise into two pieces.
  5. Fry the bananas for 2 to 3 minutes alongside the meat.
  6. Serve the steak on rounds of fried bread.


  • For a twist on this recipe, try using pork or chicken instead of steak, or adding spices like cumin or chili powder for extra flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to pound the steak to an even thickness to ensure even cooking.

- Marinating the steak in salt and oil helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor.

- Be sure to sear the steak quickly in hot fat to create a nice crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy.

- Frying the bananas alongside the steak adds a delicious caramelized flavor to the dish.

Serving Suggestions

This dish pairs well with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Searing the steak quickly in hot fat helps to create a nice crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have bananas, you can try using plantains or apples for a similar sweet flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the steak ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the steak on a bed of mashed potatoes or rice for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This dish pairs well with a glass of red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

This dish is relatively high in calories due to the steak and bananas, so it should be enjoyed in moderation.


Bananas are a good source of carbohydrates, providing energy for your body.


The steak provides a good amount of healthy fats, which are essential for brain function and hormone production.


Steak is a great source of protein, which is important for building and repairing muscle tissue.

Vitamins and minerals

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, while steak provides iron and zinc.


This recipe contains beef, which may be an allergen for some individuals.


Overall, this dish is a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.


Fillet of Steak with Bananas is a delicious and unique dish that combines the savory flavors of steak with the sweetness of bananas for a satisfying meal. Enjoy it with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a balanced and flavorful dinner.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by its simplicity. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my friend Martha, who had just returned from a trip to the Caribbean. As we sat in her cozy kitchen sipping tea, she began to tell me about a delicious dish she had learned to make while she was there.

"It's called Fillet of Steak with Bananas," she said with a smile. "It's a unique combination of flavors that just works so well together."

As Martha began to describe the dish, I could almost taste it in my mind. The tender fillet of steak seasoned with a blend of spices, topped with caramelized bananas that added a touch of sweetness. It sounded like the perfect balance of savory and sweet, and I couldn't wait to try it.

Martha graciously offered to teach me how to make the dish, and we spent the afternoon in her kitchen preparing the ingredients and cooking the steak to perfection. As the aroma of the sizzling meat filled the room, I knew that this was going to be a special meal.

Once the steak was cooked to our liking, we added the sliced bananas to the pan and let them caramelize, soaking up all the delicious flavors from the steak. As we plated the dish and took our first bites, I knew that this was a recipe I would cherish and make for years to come.

Over the years, I have made Fillet of Steak with Bananas countless times, each time adding my own twist to the recipe. Sometimes I would add a dash of rum to the bananas for a boozy flavor, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for a warm, comforting taste. No matter how I prepared it, the dish always brought back memories of that day in Martha's kitchen, learning something new and exciting.

As I shared the recipe with friends and family, they too fell in love with the unique combination of flavors. It became a staple at gatherings and celebrations, a dish that always brought smiles and compliments from those who tasted it.

I often think back to that summer day with Martha, and how a simple recipe brought us closer together. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, a way to express myself and share love with others. And Fillet of Steak with Bananas has become a symbol of that love, a dish that brings joy and warmth to all who try it.

So, if you ever find yourself in need of a delicious and comforting meal, look no further than Fillet of Steak with Bananas. It may seem like an unlikely pairing, but trust me, the flavors will dance on your taste buds and leave you craving more. And who knows, maybe one day you'll be passing on the recipe to someone special, just as I have done with you.


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