From Stovetop to Sheet Pan: 8 Essential Ways to Cook Steak

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Steak with grill marks, partially sliced, on a platter
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Steak may feel like a luxury only to be enjoyed at splurgy restaurants, but that’s hardly the case. Once you learn how to cook it yourself, you may never bother to make a reservation at a steakhouse again. Even the best, priciest cut of steak from a great butcher is cheaper than an average steak dinner out — and it’s much more satisfying to make it at home. Pair your steak with a quick sauce and maybe a glass of wine and be glad you stayed in.

For weeknight grilling, affordable steak cuts like flank, flat-iron, and skirt are your best choice. They’re tougher than more expensive, fattier cuts, though, so reach for a quick, pantry-friendly marinade to ensure tenderness.

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Pricer cuts like rib eye, T-bone, or Porterhouse, on the other hand, have enough fat in them that they barely need anything to cook up moist and tender. Follow this method when you’re cooking one of these show-stopping steaks.

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If you don’t have access to a grill or it’s not grilling season, make this your go-to recipe. It’s a simple approach that’s appropriate for any cut of steak and always results in a nicely browned crust.

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This foolproof method also works for most steak cuts, with the bonus of keeping the smoke alarm from sounding since the meat is cooked in the oven instead of on the stovetop.

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This dependable cut is our go-to on casual weeknights and when we’re feeding a crowd. This marinade plus broiler method ensures it’s flavorful and juicy.

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This classic French bistro meal is one of our favorite ways to enjoy steak. I mean, how can you go wrong with french fries on the side? This easy, at-home version comes together all on one sheet pan in under 40 minutes.

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If you’d rather pair your steak with colorful veggies instead of french fries, consider this your go-to recipe any night of the week.

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If you’ve never cooked steak tips before, make this recipe ASAP. The super budget-friendly cut is beefy in flavor and soaks up marinade extremely well.

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Sometimes a hearty steak sandwich trumps all other preparations — especially since it stretches the meat further and keeps cost down.