By: Marissa Ackerman
For the better part of my life, I was a vegetarian. Fast forward ten years and a handful of months, one major iron deficiency, and a pregnancy, and I found myself craving and eating meat again.
Now, I don’t say this to disparage the vegetarian/vegan community. In fact, I am still very much sixty percent more plant-based with a forty percent meat diet. Nevertheless, this post is to talk about something that I don’t eat many times, but when I do, I want only the best versions and recipes to accompany it. This post is about the best, most-watering recipes for steak that will blow your own mind.
First, let’s talk prep. Many experts on steak preparation have come to find that the best way to prepare steak is pan-fried, and I tend to agree on the handful of times I have attempted to prepare it on my own and not with the assistance of a restaurant. So, the majority of these recipes are perfect for those that rely heavily on cooking on their stove top or in their oven.
The most delicious and simple way to cook your steak on the stovetop is with butter and garlic. Most of the recipes I found share similar versions and can be used with different cuts of steak, but Damn Delicious shares a recipe that ranked almost five stars so I had to partake. The best part of the recipe is the versatility and how you season as you feel. Some spices they suggest are parsley, garlic, lemon zest, thyme, rosemary, basil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
I honestly had never heard of this steak recipe until I was watching old episodes of Sister, Sister. Like most, I write down food or different things I hear from shows to do research on later, and when I did I was literally drooling at the thought of a nice Steak Diane. The major difference between Steak Diane and many other recipes is the manner in which it is cooked. With a few additional steps rather than just plain cooking and simmering, Steak Diane is a great option when cooking for a date or having a more up-scale experience. The use of cognac, mushrooms, cream, and worcestershire sauce will literally grab your taste bud’s attention, and can be countered with a red wine. You can check out this recipe here from Food and Wine.
Surf and Turf
You know the best way to up the ante on the traditional garlic-butter steak? Add giant shrimp, curvaceous lobster tails, or wily crab legs to the mix. Yes, Surf and Turf is one the best recipes to try if you are entertaining guests, or simply trying to feed a hungry family a substantial amount of protein in one sitting. There are several amazing recipes out there, but one of the best ones I found when looking for meals for my family was this one by Dinner at the Zoo.
Some of my favorite memories growing up are family cook-outs with barbecue, sides, and lots of laughter. Many times we found ourselves cooking up delicious carne asada, and about all of those times I never realized that this was a steak recipe. Using flank steak, carne asada is a simple recipe that basically equates to marinate, grill, and enjoy. Now, although the other recipes were great on the stove, this recipe is best suited for grillin’ and chillin’. I have made variations of this recipe myself, or have been successful in buying pre-marinated options at our local H-E-B, but one of the latest favorite recipes I have found is this one from Diethood.
So there you have it folks, some of the few steak recipes I have come to love and enjoy. Like I mentioned, I am no steak connoisseur, and I rarely get to treat myself with this cut of meat, but when I do these are my go-to’s. What are your favorite steak recipes?