This Easy, One-Pan Dinner Recipe Has Only 4 Ingredients — and They’re All from Trader Joe’s!

published Jul 5, 2022
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Credit: Kristina Vanni

If you have never tried the Ajika seasoning from Trader Joe’s, you are missing out. This unique seasoning blend from Georgia (the country, not the state) is described as “spicy, garlicky, deeply aromatic, and savory.” It is made with crushed chili peppers, coriander, fenugreek, dried minced garlic, salt, and marigold. This ingredient will be the magic wand that transforms an easy, 4-ingredient dinner into a restaurant-quality meal at home.

What You’ll Need from Trader Joe’s

You’ll need to pick up just four ingredients from Trader Joe’s:

  • 2 of your favorite steaks (here I made it with a package of Trader Joe’s filet mignon steak)
  • 16-ounce container Trader Joe’s Mini Pearl Grape Tomatoes
  • 6-ounce bag Trader Joe’s Green Onions
  • 2.1-ounce jar Trader Joe’s Ajika Georgian Seasoning Blend
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How to Make This Steak with Tomato and Ajika Pan Sauce

Step 1: Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper on both sides. Lightly coat the skillet with oil and sear the steaks for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare filet mignon. Once the steaks are cooked to your desired level of doneness, set aside on a plate to rest while making the pan sauce. (Note: this timing is perfect if you are using the Trader Joe’s filet mignon steaks. If you choose another cut of meat, adjust cook time accordingly.)

Credit: Kristina Vänni

Step 2: While the steaks are searing, cut the mini pearl grape tomatoes in half and thinly slice 4 green onions.

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Step 3: While the steaks are resting, add the tomatoes and green onions to the cast iron skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the pan to help bring up the delicious browned bits from searing the meat. Add 2 teaspoons of the ajika seasoning blend. Cook until the tomatoes start to blister and release their juices, about 5 minutes.

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Step 4: When ready to serve, place the seared steaks on serving plates and spoon the tomato and ajika pan sauce over the steaks. Enjoy immediately. Serves 2.

Why I Love This Recipe

I love that this one pan meal is an elevated dinner with very little effort. The Trader Joe’s ajika seasoning does most of the heavy lifting here. Since it is so flavorful, you don’t really need to do much else to create a delicious pan sauce for the steaks. This dinner is also customizable depending on what cut of steak you prefer, and if you would rather cook them inside in a cast iron skillet or outside on the grill during the summer. Once you are hooked on the ajika seasoning, I guarantee you will find countless other ways to sneak it into your favorite dishes.