Valentine's Day

8 Editor-Approved Steak Recipes You’ve Got to Try

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When steak makes its way onto the menu, there is one thing you can be sure of: You’re in for a delicious meal. But the real beauty of steak is that there are so many ways to cook it: Dinner can be simple (a skirt or flank steak tossed on the grill or under the broiler), elegant (pan-seared beef tips drowning in a mushroomy pan sauce), or very fancy (the super meaty ribeye you got to celebrate a special occasion). However you make it, you’ll want to use the right recipe.

We quizzed our steak-loving editors to find out their very favorite steak recipes. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

1. Easy Balsamic Glazed Steak Tips and Mushrooms

This simple skillet dish is practically a one-pan dinner, thanks to the addition of earthy mushrooms. Steak tips are pretty affordable, and yet the balsamic glaze really elevates the dish so this feels both homey and fancy, which I love. — Sheela Prakash, Senior Contributing Food Editor

Get the recipe: Easy Balsamic Glazed Steak Tips and Mushrooms

2. Perfect Grilled Steak

This recipe is the platonic ideal of steak. It’s the one we make for guests we really want to bowl over. My husband’s specialty is making the perfect herb brush by tying fresh herbs to the handle of a wooden spoon. The steak’s longer cook time is ironically more forgiving and easy to get right, so you can sip a cocktail while lovingly brushing the steak as it cooks, pushing and scruffing it constantly to get a great crust and aroma. Save this method for your most spectacular steak — just ask for a custom cut to make sure you get a full two-inches of thickness. — Faith Durand, Editor-in Chief

Get the recipe: Perfect Grilled Steak

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3. Easy, Foolproof Grilled Steak

Steaks really are made for the grill. They’re just so much better when they’re cooked directly over coals or flames. I’m lucky to live where I can grill year-round, even if I sometimes have to do it with a hat and gloves on! This grilled steak recipe is a solid choice no matter your grill experience. But what puts this recipe over the top is the spicy pepper-and-herb compound butter. Don’t skip that part! — Patty Catalano, Contributor

Get the recipe: Easy, Foolproof Grilled Steak

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4. Steak with Drunken Mushrooms & Roasted Blue Cheese Potatoes

I don’t eat steak often, but when I do, I like to go all out. And I’m a sucker for steak with mushrooms. There’s just something about the combo of earthy rich flavors that hits a sweet spot for me. And if you add even more strong flavors, like blue cheese, garlic, and dark beer? I’m completely smitten. The only thing missing from this meal is a glass of dark red wine, or a scotch. — Chris Michel, Food Director

Get the recipe: Steak with Drunken Mushrooms & Roasted Blue Cheese Potatoes

5. Sheet Pan Steak Frites

Since we started our family 8 years ago, our annual Valentine’s Day tradition is to make sheet pan steak frites. It started as a Hail Mary dinner when our daughter got sick on a date night and we couldn’t go out. Now it’s a family ritual we enjoy at least once or twice a year (that same daughter often requests it as her birthday dinner). I loved how easy it was then, with a sick baby at home, to still have something celebrational. And I still love how easy it is, since I have two kids and a new puppy trying to “help!” — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Steak Frites

6. Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

I love a well-seasoned, simply broiled skirt steak with garlicky, tangy chimichurri sauce drizzled over the top. It’s simple to make and the herby sauce packs a punch of flavor. Chimichurri just brightens all the savory flavors in steak. — Christine Gallary, Food Editor-at-Large

Get the recipe: Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

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7. Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak

A simple grilled flank steak is always my go to because it’s meaty, quick-cooking, and inexpensive. But whereas I used to just season the meat with salt and pepper before grilling, this recipe converted me. Now I won’t grill a flank without letting it soak in a tangy marinade for at least an hour — and preferably overnight. It’s a game changer when it comes to making the cut more tender, and adds the most incredible flavor. — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor

Get the recipe: How To Make the Ultimate Marinade for Tender Grilled Steak

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8. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

My favorite steak? CAULIFLOWER steak! We don’t eat much red meat at home, but with this recipe, I don’t really miss it. I’m not sure what makes the dish so good. Is it the cumin, the turmeric, or the ginger, or a combo of all three? Whatever it is, this dish is special enough for date night at home, and both easy and impressive enough to make when people come over for dinner. — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin