Rice bowl with sauteed vegetables and sliced steak with chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri Steak and Rice Bowl Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time:
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Chimichurri Steak and Rice Bowl brings together all kinds of amazing ingredients for a flavorful dinner you’ll love.


  • 1 (1 and 1/2 to 2 lb.) flank steak
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice*
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the salt evenly over both sides of the flank steak.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken stock, rice, and another ½ teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover pot. Leave covered and gently simmering until liquid is absorbed and there are tunnels down into the rice, 17-20 minutes. Remove from heat but leave lid on to keep it warm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add flank steak, cook 6 minutes on each side for medium. Transfer steak to a clean cutting board and let rest.
  4. To the same skillet, add remaining two tablespoons of the olive oil and heat over medium until shimmering. Add tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, red onion, and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Toss ingredients in pan to coat in salt and oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, allowing vegetables to start to char in the pan, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, to a blender or food processor add parsley, oregano (if using), garlic, olive oil, vinegar, the final ½ teaspoon of salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  6. Cover blender/processor and pulse 4 to 5 times or until desired consistency.
  7. Slice steak thinly against the grain.
  8. To build the steak bowls, divide rice evenly between four bowls (about ½ cup each). Place five to six pieces of sliced steak on top of rice, along with about ½ cup of the vegetables per bowl. Drizzle chimichurri sauce over steak. Serve with additional chimichurri sauce on the side.

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*Or use about 2 and ¼ cups cooked rice and skip Step #2. Instead, put cooked rice in a microwave-safe container. Add a drizzle of water or stock. Cover loosely and microwave 40 seconds at a time stirring at each interval, until heated through.