15 Easy Steak Recipes You'll Want to Make Again and Again
We love a steak seasoned with simply salt and pepper, but sometimes a little creativity is welcome (like the jalapeño butter that adorns the rib-eye here). Powerhouse ingredients—wine, balsamic vinegar, mustard, lime juice and all manner of spices—can add accentuate the flavor of a simple piece of meat, and these 15 recipes show you how.
If you're in a French frame of mind, consider a Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre (that's French for "pepper") topped with a rich, cognac-cream sauce; or Seared Flat-Iron Steaks with Wine Sauce, which are especially tasty served alongside a glass of the same full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon you used to make the sauce. And you can recreate a restaurant classic with our recipe for Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon; extra coarse salt and pepper are the keys for maximum flavor and significant crunch.
Balsamic fans will find two stellar recipes that use this beloved vinegar to help balance steak's richness: Balsamic Steak with Garlic Zucchini (which gets bonus points for using one single skillet) and Steaks with Balsamic-Mustard Sauce. The recipes span cuisines, too, including Asian (e.g., a flank steak marinated in a mixture including lime juice, soy sauce, scallions and ginger; and a steak-and-green beans dish that incorporates ginger, garlic, basil and fish sauce) and Mexican (think: Pan-Seared Steak with Salsa Verde, Skirt Steak with Poblano Sauce).
Finally, we're big fans of using spices to complement a steak, and you'll find plenty of ideas here. A few of our favorites: crushed coriander, bay leaves and oil that's been infused with cumin. And the spice combination laid out in the recipe for Spice-Rubbed Strip Steak (which uses peppercorns, red-pepper flakes, coriander and dill) is so good, it may just become your go-to.
Perfect Grilled Steak
There are just three simple steps to perfect steak. Season your steak, oil your grill and set it to medium-high, then sear. Perfection takes about eight minutes.
Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre
Coat flat-iron steak with "poivre" (that's French for pepper) and top with a rich cognac-cream sauce for this bistro classic.
Seared Strip Steaks with Braised Peppers and Onion
A quck sear gives this strip steak a crisp, smoky exterior. The vegetables are sauteed in the same pan so they sop up all the flavor left in the pan from the beef.
Steakhouse Wedge with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette
For a true steakhouse experience in your own home, try this riff on the classic. We use hangar steak and a warm tomato vinaigrette replaces the usual bacon and blue cheese dressing for the iceberg wedge salad. It's so good!
Pan-Seared Steak with Salsa Verde
Chopped parsley, minced shallots, and capers combine with vinegar and mustard to form a fresh, vibrant salsa verde to pair with pan-seared steak.
Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak With Peppers and Onions
Marinate ahead, cook it quick, and slice it thin—this lean steak is great for a party. Plus, the recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your crowd.
Steaks with Balsamic-Mustard Sauce
Ever wanted to try making your own secret steakhouse sauce? This might be your chance.
Soy-Marinated Flank Steak
A rich marinade of brown sugar, Worcestershire, soy, and red pepper flakes gives flank steak a hearty flavor. This one takes a little more time though—you should marinate the steak for an hour or two before grilling for optimal flavor absorption.
Seared Flat-Iron Steaks with Wine Sauce
A dry, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully complements seared flat-iron steaks—especially when utilized in the sauce.
Flank Steak with Lime Marinade
Bring a lightness to your steak with this bright, spicy medley of lime juice, soy sauce, scallions, ginger, and red pepper.
Coriander-Crusted Hanger Steak
A fragrant blend of crushed coriander and bay leaves lends this steak its complex flavor.
Spiced Steak Kebabs
Brushed with a light cumin- and coriander-infused oil, these kebabs bring a whole new set of flavors to your grill.
Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon
Juicy filet mignon isn't solely the domain of top chefs. To whip up your very own restaurant-quality steaks, use extra coarse salt and pepper for maximum flavor and significant crunch. This one is best served with a red wine sauce!
Skirt Steak with Poblano Sauce
A zesty simmered sauce of poblano peppers, lime, tomato, garlic, and onion enlivens grilled skirt steak.
Grilled Steak with Tomatoes and Scallions
Grilled tomatoes and scallions get tossed in balsamic vinegar to create a sweet and savory topping for grilled steak.