Lean cuts of meat like strip steak are best cooked with a brief sear; they stay tender while taking on a crisp, smoky exterior. Here, you saute a few peppers and onions, then braise them in tomato sauce to make a rich ragu, sopping up all the flavor left in the pan from the beef.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2018


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Pat steaks dry. Generously season with salt and pepper; sprinkle with oregano and coriander. Let stand 5 minutes.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Add steaks in a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, until a brown crust forms on bottoms, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook, undisturbed, until a crust forms on other sides and a thermometer inserted into thickest parts reads 125 degrees for medium-rare, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium; wipe any blackened bits from bottom of skillet with a paper towel. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, bell peppers, onion, and basil sprigs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are golden and tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Add vinegar; cook until reduced by half, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, accumulated juices from steak, and 1/3 cup water. Simmer, stirring a few times, until reduced and thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove and discard basil.

  • Thinly slice steak against the grain. Serve over rice, with braised vegetables and basil leaves.