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20 Sizzling Steak Recipes You Won’t Be Able to Resist

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20 Sizzling Steak Recipes You Won’t Be Able to Resist

Nothing scratches that primal itch for red meat like succulent steak, and these 20 easy recipes will hit the spot every time.

 

Steak is the quintessential American staple food.

It’s simple, hearty, and nutritious, and no, it’s not nearly as bad for your health as some people would have you believe.

When you have a hankering for steak, a slab of well-cooked beef alone can satisfy…but why not turn it into something extraordinary instead?

These recipes will show you the way.

From real Southern chicken-fried steak–the same recipe that’s served at The Blue Willow Inn in Georgia–to Beer-Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak, which is every bit as amazing as it sounds, you’ll have a hard time choosing which to try first!

Enjoy!

10-Minute Chipotle Steak Tacos

easy Chipotle Steak Tacos Picture courtesy of Bowl of Delicious

With the beef marinated the morning or night before, these tacos will take only 10 minutes to make. That means you’ll have devoured this quick dinner in less time than it takes to grab a seat at a Mexican restaurant, or even swing by to grab takeout.

You can also trim the steak of fat to ensure it’s as lean as possible. And if you have some in the fridge, top these tacos with sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.

Serves 4 / Makes 8

Ingredients

1 lb. steak, thinly sliced

1–3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (adjust to taste)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 limes

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup chopped onion

8 corn tortillas

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 438

Protein: 44 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 18 grams

 

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Grilled Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter

grilled steak with butter Picture courtesy of Steamy Kitchen

Sometimes you’ve got to work with a less-than-ideal cut of beef, but there’s a way to make that steak flavorful and juicy anyway. The trick is salt and a little patience – an hour per inch of thickness, to be exact.

It draws the moisture to the surface, which then dissolves the salt and thereby denatures the proteins to make a tender steak. Rinse the extra salt, pat dry, and your steaks are ready to grill, broil, or pan-fry.Before serving, top each one with a tablespoon of garlic-herb butter.

Before serving, top each one with a tablespoon of garlic-herb butter.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Salted Steak:

4 sirloin steaks (about 6 oz. each)

4–8 tsp. salt

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garlic-Herb Butter:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1–3 cloves garlic, crushed

Handful of fresh herbs

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 435

Protein: 38 grams

Carbs: 1 gram

Fat: 30 grams

 

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Sirloin Steak Gyros

Sirloin Steak Gyros recipe Picture courtesy of Damn Delicious

Upgrade from falafel to these steak-stuffed pitas topped with tzatziki. They’re even better made at home than ordered in a restaurant.

That’s because you can prepare the steak to medium or medium-rare instead of getting it overcooked, and then you can fill the pita pocket with your favorite additions – not just flavorless lettuce and tomatoes.

These steak sandwiches would be good with cucumber, feta, and even pickled veggies if you have them.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Steak Pita:

4 cloves garlic, smashed

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 Tbsp. plain yogurt

1 Tbsp. dried oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 lb. top sirloin filet

4 whole-wheat pita, toasted

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled and grated

1 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (or more to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 642

Protein: 33 grams

Carbs: 57 grams

Fat: 33 grams

 

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Thai Steak Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

easy steak salad recipe Picture courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

Even the most devoted carnivores can enjoy a salad when it’s topped with medium-rare steak. Although in this salad, the other components are delicious enough to hold their own too.

There’s mango, bell pepper, cucumber, and mint. The fresh herb also shows up in the spicy peanut dressing along with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and spicy Sriracha.

Serves 6

Ingredients

Steak Salad:

1 1/2 lb. flank steak

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 cups diced Romaine lettuce

2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage

1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips

1 mango, thinly sliced

1/4 cup sliced red onion

1 cup cucumber, sliced into thin strips

1/2 cup carrots, sliced into thin strips

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint

Spicy Peanut Dressing:

1/4 cup canola oil

2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. peanut butter

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. chopped fresh mint

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. Sriracha

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 385

Protein: 34 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 22 grams

 

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Flank Steak with Argentinian Chimichurri

easy Steak Argentinian Chimichurri Picture courtesy of Green Healthy Cooking

Steak is such an important part of food culture in Argentina that it has its own sauce.

Bright green chimichurri sauce is made for grilled meats like flank steak, and it’s an easy topping to make using parsley and oregano in a food processor. It’s similar to a pesto with fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil – but there’s vinegar in the mix too.

You’ll have over half of the chimichurri sauce left over from this recipe, so enjoy it with other meats like grilled pork and chicken.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 flank steaks (about 6 oz. each), room temp.

3 Tbsp. butter, room temp.

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

12 radishes, thinly sliced

2 packed cups flat-leaf parsley

2 packed Tbsp. fresh oregano

2 large cloves garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 462

Protein: 39 grams

Carbs: 4 grams

Fat: 32 grams

 

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Peruvian Steak Sandwich

easy steak sandwich recipe Picture courtesy of Brunch n Bites

Often steak sandwiches start with leftovers. However, this one is worth making from scratch, and you’ll be rewarded with a sandwich that’s healthier and more flavorful than a Philly cheesesteak.

The beef is seasoned with cumin and salt. Once it’s pan-seared, use the same skillet to caramelize onions with red wine vinegar. Then the steak filling is finished with tomatoes, soy sauce, and fresh cilantro before getting sandwiched between the bread.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 lb. boneless beef flap steak

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. oil

1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 tomatoes, quartered

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

4 slices country bread (or 2 large buns)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 640

Protein: 54 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Fat: 26 grams

 

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Beer-Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak

easy steak recipe Picture courtesy of Savory Simple

There’s no question that steak and beer go well together. But did you know that beer doesn’t just have to be in a pint glass? A great lager like Negra Modelo can be turned into a delicious marinade.

Luckily you just need one bottle to make a pound of steak, so you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the beer with dinner. Depending on who you’re sharing that steak with, though, you might want to pick up another six-pack or two to go around.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 bottle (12 oz.) Negra Modelo

1/3 cup soy sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 lb. flat iron steak

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 238

Protein: 23 grams

Carbs: 7 grams

Fat: 7 grams

 

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Easy Oven Fajitas

easy steak fajitas recipe Picture courtesy of Mommy Hates Cooking

Making fajitas in a skillet is a cinch, but this quick dinner can actually be even easier to cook in the oven.

Set it to 400 degrees, place all your sliced ingredients into a baking dish, and coat with seasonings. After that, you just have to worry about stirring the steak and veggies halfway through roasting, and maybe take a minute to toast the tortillas.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 lb. thin sirloin steak, sliced into 1/4” strips

1 white onion, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 Tbsp. oil

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

12 white corn tortillas, to serve

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 295

Protein: 26 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 9 grams

 

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Red Wine Marinated Pepper Steak

red wine steak recipe Picture courtesy of Emerils

Gourmet steak doesn’t take many ingredients to make. Start with a great cut of sirloin, and you won’t need much more to turn it into a restaurant-quality entrée. Add a generous splash of red wine, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and good quality mustard.

And of course, it wouldn’t be French-style steak without a couple cloves of garlic too.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 lb. sirloin steak

1/4 cup red wine

4” sprig fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. spicy mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 192

Protein: 23 grams

Carbs: 1 gram

Fat: 9 grams

 

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Korean Steak Tartare (Yukhoe)

easy beef tartare recipe Picture courtesy of Annie’s Healthy Kitchen

When you have great grass-fed beef tenderloin, it can be delicious to serve it raw as steak tartare.

It might seem bizarre, but tartare is healthy as long as the meat and eggs are good quality. That’s right – steak tartare isn’t just the beef, but serving it with a raw egg yolk is traditional as well.

This Korean adaptation called yukhoe also includes pear, honey, and pine nuts. Serve with bread or crackers.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. sesame oil

2 tsp. pure honey

1 clove garlic, minced

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

10 oz. beef tenderloin

1/3 Korean pear, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

2 Tbsp. pine nuts

1 egg yolk (chicken or quail)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 236

Protein: 22 grams

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 14 grams

 

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Broiled Tex Mex Steak

broiled steak recipe Picture courtesy of Patio Daddio BBQ

When you want a lot of steak ready in a hurry, it’s easy to prepare it using the broiler. This is a great alternative to grilling steak when the weather isn’t cooperating with your outdoor cooking plans.

To broil steak, season or marinate it to your liking. Then place it on a cast iron griddle or broiler pan, and cook at a high temp for 20 minutes.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lb. flat iron (chuck top blade) steak

1 Tbsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. granulated garlic

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ancho chile powder

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 252

Protein: 30 grams

Carbs: 1 gram

Fat: 14 grams

 

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Stir-Fried Beef with Cumin & Celery

easy steak stir fry recipe Picture courtesy of Epicurious

Steak stir fry tends to have a vegetable or two in the mix. But usually that’s bell peppers or bok choy, not celery – leaves and all. That’s one thing that sets this stir fry apart. It also uses cumin seeds, rice wine, and ginger to add Asian flavors that aren’t too spicy.

And best of all, this is a beef stir fry for one. Double the ingredients if needed or to have leftovers for lunch the next day, served either with brown rice or as a filling for steak lettuce wraps.

Serves 1

Ingredients

6 oz. flank steak, trimmed of fat

2 1/2 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided

1/2 tsp. cornstarch, divided

2 Tbsp. Chinese rice wine

2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided

1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

1/8 tsp. cumin seeds

1/8 tsp. red chili pepper flakes

2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally, leaves chopped and reserved

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 410

Protein: 37 grams

Carbs: 8 grams

Fat: 22 grams

 

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Oven-Roasted Swiss Steak

easy swiss steak recipe Picture courtesy of Good Dinner Mom

Swiss steak is tenderized with rolling, pounding, or pins just like cube steak. But then it’s braised and smothered in a rich tomato sauce. This recipe includes red wine for depth of flavor and a classy touch. Aside from that, the ingredients are commonplace.

You’ll need broth, canned tomatoes, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce.

Serves 4

Ingredients

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 cubed beef steak (about 2 lb.)

1 small onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced

1/4 cup red wine (or red wine vinegar)

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 can (15 oz.) diced fire-roasted tomatoes

1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups beef broth (or water)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 640

Protein: 59 grams

Carbs: 36 grams

Fat: 26 grams

 

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Steak Diane

Steak Diane recipe Picture courtesy of Closet Cooking

This is one of the classic American ways to make steak. Made popular in upscale steakhouses in the 1950s, it’s typically served tableside. Not only does it come together quickly, but a few minutes before it’s finished, brandy is added before the pan is set aflame.

It’s impressive in a restaurant, and it’ll also wow your partner as a romantic dinner for two cooked at home.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 filet mignon medallions (about 4 oz. each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. butter

2 shallots, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup brandy or cognac

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup beef stock

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 403

Protein: 35 grams

Carbs: 6 grams

Fat: 22 grams

 

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Cube Steak

easy cube steak recipe Picture courtesy of Everyday Maven

Turn the cuts of meat usually used for stew into a steak with a tenderizer. Cube steaks or Swiss steaks can be bought at many grocery stores or prepared by a butcher, or you can get some exercise in the kitchen by using the mallet-style tenderizers.

Once it’s prepared, cube steak can be cooked low and slow, or it can be prepared with high heat like regular steak.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. butter, divided

8 cube steaks (about 2 lbs.)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup caramelized onions

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 342

Protein: 51 grams

Carbs: 2 grams

Fat: 15 grams

 

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

easy Salisbury Steak Picture courtesy of Spend with Pennies

Salisbury steak is made with ground beef, but when it’s cooked right, it’s a totally different dish than hamburger.

The patties are made with onion, panko bread crumbs, and garlic. But unlike burgers, Salisbury steak is smothered in brown gravy with mushrooms. It can be made in a covered skillet or prepared in a slow cooker.

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 oz. sliced mushrooms

1/2 onion, sliced

1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 oz. brown gravy mix

2 Tbsp. ketchup

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

4 Tbsp. water

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup minced onion

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

3 Tbsp. milk

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 297

Protein: 38 grams

Carbs: 14 grams

Fat: 9 grams

 

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Grilled Skirt Steak

grilled skirt steak recipe Picture courtesy of The Chew

The name skirt steak is a bit misleading as it’s the part of the beef near the chest plate. To cook it so it’s tender and not tough, try this balsamic steak recipe from Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Pick up his cookbook Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers to learn how to prepare other meats like broiled porterhouse, leg of lamb souvlaki, and duck pastrami.

carnivor coobkook

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 lb. skirt steak

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 cloves garlic, smashed

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 377

Protein: 41 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 18 grams

 

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Country Fried Steaks

healthy country fried steak Picture courtesy of Everyday Health

Even when lean steaks are tenderized, it can be a challenge to cook them just right. Overcook them, and they’ll be tough. The right marinade will help, especially if it includes some creamy dairy like Greek yogurt.

Then the steak is coated in crushed crackers and smothered in mushroom gravy.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Marinade:

1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour

2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. water

Steak:

4 buffalo Swiss steaks (or cube steaks)

1 cup crushed crackers

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Gravy:

3/4 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup chopped onions

2 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. salt

3/4 cup whole milk

1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 420

Protein: 17 grams

Carbs: 34 grams

Fat: 6 grams

 

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Crock Pot Steak Soup

easy steak soup recipe Picture courtesy of Recipes that Crock

Afraid you’re going to overcook steak? Use a Crock Pot to turn it into a hearty soup.

The beef does need to be browned first in a skillet, but once the outside is looking good, toss it in the slow cooker. After that, everything else can go into the pot except the egg noodles, which are added at the very end.

Once the pasta is tender, grab a spoon, and dig in. This is steak you definitely won’t need a knife for.

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 1/2 lb. beef tri tip roast, cut into 1” cubes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 oz. onion soup mix

4 cup beef broth

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 497

Protein: 57 grams

Carbs: 18 grams

Fat: 22 grams

 

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Chicken-Fried Steak

easy chicken fried steak recipe Picture courtesy of Taste Book

This simple recipe is for a real Southern chicken-fried steak – the one served at The Blue Willow Inn in Georgia.

Of course, to go with any chicken-fried steak you’ll need gravy. For a simple milk gravy, mix flour into pan drippings, and once browned, stir in milk or heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper, and let it thicken for a few minutes.

For more recipes to make down-home country recipes, pick up The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook by Jane and Michael Stern.

The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. beef cube steak

3/4 cup almond flour

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Oil for frying

Gravy to serve

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 365

Protein: 39 grams

Carbs: 2 grams

Fat: 23 grams

 

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What did you think of these easy steak recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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