Juicy Watermelon Steak? Medium Rare, Please

Sauce Stache vegan watermelon steak

Craving a juicy watermelon steak? The following is an exclusive recipe excerpted from Mark Thompson’s (known as Sauce Stache on social media) new cookbook, Making Vegan Meat: The Plant Based Food Science Cookbook, which is available July 20.

Sauce Stache’s Watermelon Katsu Steak

After Ducks Eatery in New York premiered the watermelon steak, my interest was piqued in using watermelon as a meat replacement. I tried my hand at making watermelon ham (recipe further in the book) and I knew after that trial that I would have to take this watermelon experiment a heck of a lot further.

Watermelon as a vegan meat is an odd one for sure, and fun to play around with. Don’t expect a perfect meat substitute but expect to have fun and end up with a really uniquely textured vegan meat similar to raw fish.

This is one to play around with for sure. I have used a similar recipe sliced thin to make a fun jerky-like bacon. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Try adding Marmite or nutritional yeast for a meatier flavor, or you can really spice things up with a nice green sauce! Chimichurri! (Recipe included below.)

Sauce Stache watermelon steak
Thompson became interested in this dish after Ducks Eatery in New York premiered the watermelon steak. | Mark Thompson

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