Photo: Aaron Kirk; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners
Active Time
20 Mins
Total
60 Mins (plus 1 hour to overnight air-drying)
Yield
Serves 2 to 4

Thought chuck steak was just a meh budget cut of beef? It’s inexpensive for sure, but it’s a far cry from the stew meat you think it is. In fact, chuck steak—unbeknownst to many—boasts rich, meaty flavor akin to a ribeye, and can be just as tender. This easy recipe uses a technique known as a “reverse sear” to deliver perfectly cooked, tender chuck steak every time. The reverse sear is a great, approachable cooking method for those who want a deliciously salt-crusted, medium-rare steak, but don’t have a ton of experience preparing beef. Rather than searing the steak in a screaming-hot skillet on the stovetop and basting until you think it’s done and ready to rest, this hands-off trick entails cooking the steak in the oven until it reaches your desired degree of doneness (a meat thermometer is really helpful here) and then finishing it off with a quick sear just to get a nice, brown crust on the surface. This gentle cooking method not only removes guesswork for a less-experienced home cook, but also involves less intimidating popping and hissing skillet action. Served with a flavor packed chimichurri, this easy chuck steak is just begging to be layered onto charred corn tortillas for steak tacos. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare the Steak: Sprinkle steak all over with salt and pepper. Set a baking rack on a baking sheet wrapped in aluminum foil; place steak on rack. Let stand, uncovered, for 1 hour or up to overnight in the refrigerator. 

Step 2

Preheat oven to 200°F. Place baking sheet with steak on rack in preheated oven. Bake until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 105°F to 110°F for a medium-rare or 115°F to 120°F for medium-well, 30 to 40 minutes, or to desired degree of doneness. 

Step 3

Remove steak from oven; set aside. Heat a cast-iron or heavy bottom nonstick skillet over high. Add butter and extra-virgin olive oil to hot skillet; swirl to coat. When oil just starts to smoke, add the steak; cook until well-browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer steak to a cutting board, and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Step 4

Prepare the Smoky Chimichurri: Process parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallot, and chipotle chile in a food processor until roughly chopped, 8 to 10 pulses. Add olive oil, vinegar, lime zest and juice, salt, oregano, and paprika; process until emulsified, about 1 minute. Serve sliced steak with chimichurri. 

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