The key is to take high-quality cuts of meat, select the appropriate cooking method for each cut, and apply some fundamental cooking techniques. Through practice and dedication, anyone can confidently become proficient in the art of cooking steaks.
Today, we will share some steak recipes tailored for beginners. You’ll develop your skills and gain the assurance to prepare steaks that rival those served in the finest steakhouses.
1. Pepper Steak Stir Fry
For a quick and easy stir fry, slice 1-2 pounds of flank steak across the grain into thin, bite-sized strips. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Add the steak strips and toss to coat. Let it marinate 15 minutes.
Heat a wok or large skillet over a high flame. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil, then add the marinated steak in a single layer. Cook for 1 minute to sear. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and snap peas and stir fry 4-5 minutes until steak is lightly browned outside but still pink inside.
Serve over steamed white or brown rice. The rice will soak up the flavorful sauce, giving you a burst of taste with each bite. You can also garnish with sliced green onions.
Many also prefer the tenderness of a slow cooker pepper steak. The slow cooker method, although it takes time, lets the flavors intensify. Once cooked, you can serve it over a bed of fluffy steamed rice or your favorite noodles.
2. Pan-Seared Ribeye
Ribeye is a flavorful, marble cut perfect for pan-searing. Pat the steak dry and generously season both sides with salt and black pepper. Allow the steak to come to room temperature before cooking.
Heat a tablespoon of avocado or grape seed oil in a heavy cast iron or stainless steel pan over high flame. Carefully lay the ribeye in the hot oil pan and let sear undisturbed for 2-3 minutes until a dark brown crust is formed. Flip the steak using tongs and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes for medium-rare doneness.
As the steak cooks, baste it by spooning the hot pan drippings over the top. This adds flavor and encourages even browning. Remove the steak from the pan and rest on a personalized olive wood cutting boards for 5 minutes before slicing the grain into thick slices. The resting time allows the juices to reabsorb for a tender, juicy flavor. Serve hot to the table.
3. Grilled Strip Steak with Herb Butter
Strip steak is ideal for cooking over a hot grill. Bring the steaks to room temperature before grilling for more even cooking. Coat both sides with olive oil, then generously season with coarse salt and black pepper.
Prepare the grill by heating it on high flame. Clean and oil the grates right before grilling. Place the steaks over direct heat and grill for 4-5 minutes per side, with the lid closed, for medium-rare doneness with excellent grill marks. Use tongs to flip the steaks only once during cooking.
While the steaks are grilling, make an easy compound butter. Soften butter to room temperature and mix in chopped fresh parsley, grated lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the herb butter over the hot steaks right when they come off the grill. The butter melts into the meat, making it more flavorful.
4. Steak Fajitas
Fajitas are easy to make at home with flavorful skirt steak. Slice 1-1 1/2 pounds of skirt steak across the grain into long, thin strips. In a baking dish, add 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the steak strips and turn to coat. Cover and marinate 30 minutes to an hour.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over high flame. Add the marinated steak and cook half the strips at a time, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat the same process with the remaining steak strips.
Serve the steak wrapped in warm flour or corn tortillas with sautéed peppers and onions. Top with pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. The zesty marinade gives the fajitas incredible Tex-Mex flavor.
5. Broiled Steak with Roasted Veggies
For an easy oven-cooked meal, brush steaks lightly with oil and season as desired. Place on a broiler pan under the preheated broiler 4-5 inches from heat. Broil 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. Use tongs to flip steaks halfway through.
At the same time, toss potatoes, carrots, onions, and your favorite veggies in oil. Add salt, pepper, and herbs like rosemary or thyme. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the oven below the broiling steaks for 20-25 minutes until browned and tender, stirring halfway. Combine the flavorful steaks and veggies for a hearty, hassle-free dinner.
Cooking impressive steaks is easier than you think with these recipes, perfect for all beginners. All you need is a bit of technique, quality steak, and your choice of seasoning. Pan-searing, grilling, broiling, and slow cooking are all easy methods to try at home. Follow the recipes and tips above to gain confidence in cooking steaks to juicy, flavorful perfection. In no time, you’ll be able to prepare steaks similar to the best steakhouses right in your kitchen. So grab a nice thick ribeye or tender filet mignon and get cooking! Your family and friends will be impressed with your steak cooking skills.
With years of experience in the culinary industry, Chef Spencer B. has honed his skills at some of the most renowned food establishments. He has now turned his focus to bringing his expertise to the home kitchen, sharing his love for food with others. Whether through cooking classes or catering events, Chef Spencer B. is dedicated to sharing his passion for culinary arts with his clients.