Sumac Skirt Steak with Pomegranate Reduction


2 Cups bottled pomegranate juice (16 fl oz)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Ground Sumac
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 lb skirt steak
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp finely chopped shallot (1 medium)
1/4 Cup ruby or tawny Port
1 tsp fresh lemon juice


Bring pomegranate juice, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan over moderately high heat, then boil until reduced to about 1/3 cup, 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat broiler.

Meanwhile, stir together sumac, pepper, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cut steak into pieces to fit in a large shallow baking pan and pat dry. Transfer steak to baking pan and sprinkle evenly with sumac mixture, then let stand about 10 minutes.

Broil steaks 3 to 4 inches from heat source, turning over once, 2 to 3 minutes total for thinner pieces, 3 to 4 minutes for thicker pieces to achieve medium-rare doneness. Transfer steaks with any pan juices to a large plate and let stand, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes.

While steak stands, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then cook shallot, stirring occasionally, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add Port and simmer until reduced to a glaze, 2 to 3 minutes. Add meat juices accumulated on plate and bring to a simmer. Whisk in pomegranate reduction and lemon juice. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter until incorporated.

Holding knife at a 45-degree angle, thinly slice steak diagonally and serve with sauce.