Steak is one of the world’s favorite foods, and some form of steak can be found in the menu of almost every restaurant in the world.
The prestige of the steak comes down to several factors, from its flavor to its juiciness and tenderness, as well as the fact that it can be cooked to varying specifications to suit the particular diner and their taste.
However there is also a lot to learn about steak, and people take this specific cut of meat and its preparation incredibly seriously, due to its prized and prestigious position as the finest cut of meat.
The first thing to note is that not all steaks are born even, and there are a vast number of different styles depending on various factors such as where the steak comes from, how the beef was reared and fed, where on the cow the meat was cut from, how the meat has been aged and prepared, as well as of course how the steak is actually cooked once it finally gets to the kitchen itself.
Only after all that is taken care of is it time to consider how you will actually pair the steak with your other ingredients, and this opens a whole new avenue for exploration and experimentation.
This can be seen in how the various different culinary techniques and traditions of the world have used steak, from grilling and frying to broiling, basting, and all manner of weird and wonderful accompaniments.
If you’re sick and tired of the same boring rump steak and peppercorn sauce, and long to take your steak to the next level, you absolutely have to check out the recipes we’ve collected on this list.
We’ve compiled 41 of the absolute best steak recipes from around the world, taking inspiration from Asia, South America, as well as Western culinary traditions to create the ultimate steak recipe compendium.
The recipes here make up some of the most flavorful and celebrated dishes in the world, and can provide a ton of inspiration to you in your own cooking, as well as a reminder of some classics that can be reinvented or rediscovered.
The recipes in this list use various ingredients and steaks of varying style and quality so that you can not only experiment with new things, but find a recipe that suits your own preferences, budget, and taste to get the absolute best recipe for you and your needs.
But let’s take a look at the recipes themselves and see what they have to offer!
Ribeye is one of the juiciest and most flavorful cuts of meat, and as a steak, this ranks very highly among the finest cuts. When basted the meat becomes even more tender and juicy, taking on the delicious flavor of the butter and bringing the steak to new heights.
You can also get a nice crispy exterior to really bring out the contrasting texture of the exterior and interior of the steak.
Another great option when working with ribeye steak is to fry some garlic mushrooms in with your steak, as this creates a blend of flavors that are absolutely delicious.
The beauty of this recipe is in its convenience and simplicity, as you are able to combine the ingredients early, and the mushroom will take on some delicious steak flavor and absorb excess fat and moisture, while the steak will absorb the garlic mushroom flavors in return, a truly glorious collaboration.
Steak and eggs is an all-time classic steak dish, and for people who want a protein-heavy, filling dinner this hearty recipe remains immensely satisfying and popular. Frying the eggs in the steak pan is a great way to add extra flavor and take full advantage of all the juices your steak releases.
4. Filet Mignon
The quintessential steak dish, and arguably the most famous and coveted steak dish. Chefs around the world are judged based on their ability to make a filet mignon, and Gordon Ramsey is famous for his love and strict doctrine of simplicity in making this classic and most refined of all the steak dishes.
5. Carne Asada
If you want to take advantage of some Latin flavor and flair, Carne Asada is the perfect recipe for you, as you can take a standard flank steak and marinate it into a beautifully balanced blend of citrus and cilantro.
After Filet Mignon, one of the finest and most beloved steak cuts is the New York Strip, and it can be found in most quality restaurants due to its popularity.
If you try to tackle this beast yourself, pairing it with a simple red wine reduction is a great way to bring out and complement all the right flavors for a sophisticated and simple steak dinner for special occasions and celebrations.
7. Steak Tacos
While steak is known for its sophistication and association with fine dining, it is also a great choice for more down to Earth recipes due to its quick preparation.
Steak tacos are one of the most satisfying ways to eat steak, and as long as the meat is properly tender, you can pair steak with a host of ingredients from peppers to cheese to create some of the best comfort food in the world.
For something a little more interesting and unique, a steak kebab stick can be a convenient choice, particularly at barbeques and gatherings. Simply grill the steak on the stick with peppers, onions, or other vegetables to create a mouthwatering medley of flavors dripping in stunning steak juice.
Seasoning is really important when it comes to steak, and too many people either under season their steak or totally neglect to do so, leaving the meat totally underused and underappreciated.
There is no danger of this happening with pepper steak stir fry, however, as a copious amount of pepper is used to create a real tangy kick.
For family gatherings, sheet pan steak and vegetables are one of the most convenient and delicious ways to prepare a lot of quality food well.
Simply add some skirt steak, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, and greens to a large sheet pan, drizzle some olive oil and prepare to impress! As a bonus, there is also very little clean-up with this dish!
If you’re someone who struggles with steak, cubed steak with mushroom gravy may just convince you of its merits, as the tender cubes of meat are much easier to enjoy and the mushroom gravy perfectly complements its umami flavors.
12. Mongolian Beef
Asian cuisine is incredibly popular, and for good reason. The flavors are incredibly unique and delicious, and Mongolian beef is a perfect example of this, with its mouth-wateringly tender flank steak strips covered in a smooth and silky sauce.
What’s more, this dish is incredibly easy to prepare, making it convenient and delicious.
While many chefs would see tampering with the classic Filet Mignon as a cardinal culinary sin, many people have still experimented with the dish, and if you’re a lover of this kind of experimentation, the bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon with shrimp may just be your idea of the perfect steak.
The saltiness of the bacon pairs beautifully with the steak and is reinforced by the texture of the shrimps to create a truly decadent steak recipe.
Chimichurri is an Argentinian condiment that is made with herbs, and which pairs beautifully with steak, which is very popular in Argentina which is a famed exporter of beef.
If you’re looking for a suitable alternative to peppercorn sauce, chimichurri may be the perfect option for you to add a new flavor to your recipe.
15. Swiss Steak
Swiss steak is a great recipe thanks to its use of inexpensive steak cuts and beef cuts, which are braised at a low temperature for as long as possible to tenderize the meat and draw out all the beefy flavors into the tomato sauce that accompanies it.
Beef bulgogi is one of the most popular Korean dishes and is essentially a flank steak well marinated in classic Asian herbs and spices, before being seared in a skillet and paired with rice or lettuce and a bread wrap for a stunning blend of textures and unique Asian flavor.
No steak joint in the world would be complete without a classic Porterhouse, and if you’re a lover of steak, or know someone who is, this is a recipe you absolutely have to experience to understand just how good steak can truly be.
After all, there’s a reason why the classics became classics in the first place!
T-bone is one of the biggest and most indulgent cuts of steak you can buy, so ensuring that it’s well seasoned is absolutely critical to getting the best out of your investment.
Rubbing with spice only adds to the flavor of the dish and will really make your T-bone shine, and the beauty is you can choose whatever rub or spices you want according to your own taste.
Skirt steak is a great steak because it has a good amount of fat which adds a ton of flavor and juiciness, but is still easy to cook quickly and extremely tender.
Pairing with slightly spiced butter such as paprika butter adds some beautiful smokiness to the meat which perfectly complements the richness of a skirt steak.
For something really different and very impressive, you should definitely consider Ethiopian spiced steak, which uses berbere seasoning (a mixture of allspice, ginger, and ajwain) to add a really interesting dynamic to any type of steak.
Ribeye is one of the best cuts of beef you can get, but pairing this with rosemary roasted potatoes makes this dish unbelievably comforting and delicious.
The butteriness and herbiness of the potatoes help to balance the richness and juiciness of the steak, making for a mouth-watering combination.
22. Spicy Thai Steak
Another country famed for its culinary flavors is Thailand, and using these flavors to elevate your steak will make for an incredibly interesting and different flavor that brings a ton of heat and tang to your recipe. Good marination is key to nailing this dish.
Flatiron is one of the tastiest and lean steaks, perfect for stuffing with aromatics and different textures such as pancetta, shallots, pecorino, and chestnuts to make a delicious stuffing to elevate the entire steak.
If you’re looking for something light at lunch but still packing a flavorful and nutritious punch, a steak and tomato salad perfectly pairs the tang of tomato with the comforting and satisfying heartiness of steak to make a dish that can help quash cravings and keep you going during a busy day.
As comfort food goes, steak and chips has to be among the top contenders for most satisfying, but you can elevate the entire dish by using European Frites and black garlic butter to create a more refined dish that brings a little more sophistication without surrendering any of the flavor and comfort that steak and chips provide.
26. London Broil
London broil is a dish that requires good marination, however, after this, the steak can be seared quickly and broiled to finish, before slicing up thinly and pairing with salad and crunchy bread for a fulfilling lunch.
Surf and turf is one of the classic combinations for steak, as the plump, firm texture of shrimp perfectly complements the tenderness and juiciness of a steak.
Pairing this with parmesan sauce, spinach, and a little lemon help to cut through the meaty flavors of the dish and balances everything out. You can even add some spice for a little additional flavor and kick.
28. Surf and Turf
Classic surf and turf is always a favorite and combines two of the most decadent dishes, filet mignon, and lobster tail, leading to unparalleled richness. You can also use shrimps, prawns, or scallops also, depending on what you have available.
Fajitas are an amazing dish due to their flexibility as a snack or main dish, as well as the blend of spices, textures, and aromas that make them so delicious.
Using flank steak is one of the best ways to make your fajita irresistible, just make sure to marinate it well and pair it with plenty of peppers and spices.
Take a sirloin, prepare it with a mustard rub and sear in a skillet, before dousing in delicious and smoky bourbon sauce to create an amazingly flavorful and satisfying dish that packs a lot of flavor and texture into something so simple and easy to prepare.
Another great sauce to consider using is brandy sauce, which works amazingly well with a filet mignon cooked on a skillet and covered with crushed black peppercorns.
For the coffee crazed, consider using a coffee rub on your ribeye to give it a unique kick and texture, as well as some cumin and chili powder to balance out the coffee flavor.
Slice up some juicy ribeye and mix up some crunchy salad vegetables, before sprinkling in some gorgeous feta cheese to create a greek salad that will make the perfect lunch or appetizer. Don’t forget to use some dressing of your choice to add a little extra flavor and to help prevent dryness.
Another Argentinian dish, Matambre is flank steak stuffed to the brim with hard-boiled eggs, peppers, and chimichurri, all grilled to create a stunning blend of textures and flavors to create something unique and delicious.
35. Lomo Saltado
A Peruvian dish, Lomo Saltado is a popular dish comprising marinated steak strips which are stir fried with tomato and onion, then served with french fries, making it a South American style steak and chips that is as comforting as it is flavorful!
36. Steak and Onions
A Latin classic, also known as Bistec Encebollado, which means steak and onions in Spanish, this dish is flank steak marinated for several hours or overnight, then cooked with tons of onion in a tomato sauce to create a moist and juicy dish brimming with tangy and sweet flavors.
Balsamic vinegar is known for its distinct and tart flavor, however, its strength allows it to work well with the rich flavors of a flank steak, meaning it can be used to both marinate the steak and garnish the finished dish to help cut through the meaty flavors and bring a mouth-watering aroma.
Marinate a hanger steak in soy and sesame oil for up to 20 minutes, before grilling in just 10 minutes and pairing with Kimchi slaw for an incredibly easy to make and delicious dinner that is immensely satisfying.
What could be better than a steak?
A stack of them, of course! Use several thin, pounded top round steaks, quickly fried or grilled, and then served with a delicious anchovy butter that seeps between the layers and blends with the steak fat to create an unbelievably decadent meal.
40. Texas Ribeye
No list of steaks could be complete without Texas Ribeye. Go for a bone-in ribeye for extra moisture and flavor, and sear them well before letting the meat rest to fully develop the texture and flavor while keeping the meat juicy.
Take a classic skirt steak and pair it with homemade green sriracha of coconut, chiles, and line leaves to create a Thai-inspired hot sauce that perfectly complements the juiciness and tenderness of a skirt steak.
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