Ever feel like having a classic steak-house dinner but don’t want to spend the money? There are plenty of pricey steakhouse options in Rochester, NY but what if you could prepare a very similar meal at home for significantly cheaper? You don’t have to be a world class chef to make a decent steak. All you need is an oven, a pan, some butter, and of course the steak. Follow these steps and you two can have a steak-house dinner in your very own home.
- Thick Cut Steak (I went with ribeye but you could go with any thick cut of your choice)
- Green Beans
- Canola oil or another high heat oil
- Garlic and Thyme(optional)
- Let your steak sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before you begin cooking. You want to get your steak as close to room temperature as possible. Towards the end of the hour, preheat your oven to 250°F.
- Generously season the steak with salt (really cover every surface) and place it on a wire rack baking sheet. Place the steak in the oven and let it cook for about an hour until it reaches an internal temperature of 115°F. The last 10 to 15 degrees happens quickly. If you pull it out at and the temp is only 100°F you have about 10 minutes to go. The steak is going to look ugly but don’t worry, that is about to change.
- While the steak is heating up, place a pan over medium high heat until it’s ripping hot (preferably a cast iron or stainless steel pan but really any pan will do).
- Add about a teaspoon of high heat oil to the pan and allow it to heat up until it begins to smoke. Place your steak down in the center of the pan. Allow the steak to cook for about a minute until a crust forms on the bottom.
- Flip the steak to sear the other side. While the second side is cooking, add half a teaspoon of crushed garlic, a twig of thyme, and two pats of butter roughly half a tablespoon each into the side of the pan. Tilt the pan to let the butter pool and use a spoon to baste the steak. Once the second side has a decent crust remove the steak and place it on a cutting board.
- Scoop some of the thyme and garlic from the pan onto the steak, place another half tablespoon pat of butter on top, and cover the entire steak with tinfoil. Let this rest for 10 minutes.
- While the steak is resting, heat up a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Place the green beans on the skillet and cover with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cover with a lid and let these cook for 10-12 minutes making sure to give them a shake every few minutes.
- When the steak is done resting remove the tinfoil, slice against the grain, and plate up with your green beans.
There you have it! A steakhouse dinner in your very own home for a fraction of the price. This method will give a perfect medium to medium rare steak with a delicious crust on the outside. If you are looking for a more medium to medium well steak then leave it in the oven longer until the internal temperature reaches about 125°F. The sear will always be the same regardless of the time in the oven. Something else to be sure to keep in mind is the direction of the grain in your steak. You are going to want to cut against the grain to keep your pieces as tender as possible. For a ribeye steak this doesn’t matter much but if you are cooking a strip steak this matters significantly more. Check out this guide to show you how to cut each type of meat.
While eating red meat regularly is not healthy, having it in moderation is not bad at all. Steak is actually one of the best sources of protein, B vitamins, and iron. Having good sides like green beans or brussel sprouts will also help keep this meal healthy. But don’t be afraid to try some classic steakhouse sides like mashed potatoes or steak fries. When cooked at home you can control how they are made and give yourself a proper portion size that fits well with your nutritional goals.
For help including this meal into your dietary lifestyle, schedule an appointment with our nutritionist at your Rochester, NY chiropractor, Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic. Whatever your nutritional goals are, Dr. Amann can help you modify your existing diet and lifestyle to reach your goals. Call and schedule your free consultation today!