Recipe: Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

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When you’re hankering for a classic steak and potatoes dinner, this one-skillet dish fits the bill perfectly. What makes it extra special is the garlicky lemon-parsley butter that’s basted over the steak as it’s seared. You end up with all the flavors of a steakhouse, except from the comfort of your own home.

For this recipe you brown the potatoes, cook the steaks, and make the sauce, in the same skillet, leaving you with minimal cleanup. When browning the potatoes, be patient with them — if they stick to the pan when you try to flip them, leave them alone to cook longer. They’ll easily release from the pan once browned, so don’t try to pry them up or you’ll be left with broken wedges of potatoes. The reward for your patience will be golden-brown, delicious wedges of potatoes with creamy insides.

Although I’m partial to ribeye steaks, you can really use any kind of steak you’d like. Since the steaks are sliced up at the end and served with a rich sauce, you can stretch the meat out to feed a few people if you make a salad or vegetable on the side.

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96 Ratings

Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes

Serves4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the potatoes:

  • 3 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 1 pound

    medium Yukon Gold or red potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch wedges

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

For the steak and garlic butter:

  • 2

    (1-inch-thick) rib-eye or New York steaks (about 12 ounces each), or 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, cut into 2 pieces

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 4 tablespoons

    (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  • 3 cloves

    garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 teaspoon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed

Instructions

  1. Cook the potatoes: Heat the oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the potatoes cut-side down, sprinkle with the salt, and cook undisturbed until golden-brown and the potatoes release easily from the pan, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, flip each wedge to another cut side and cook until browned and the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, dry the steaks with paper towels. Season all over with 1 teaspoon salt and set aside. When the potatoes are ready, transfer to a serving platter.

  3. Cook the steaks: Wipe out the skillet with paper towels and return to high heat until the pan starts to smoke just a bit. Carefully place the steaks in the hot pan and cook on the first side until enough of a crust has developed that the steaks no longer stick to the pan, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side for 1 minute. Continue cooking and flipping for a total of 4 minutes.

  4. Carefully add the butter to the pan. Flip the steaks once more. Tilt the pan so the butter pools on one side and add the garlic to the pool. Use a large spoon to baste the butter over the steaks. Flip again and repeat with basting. Continue cooking and begin checking the internal temperature of the steaks at 6 minutes total cook time for your preferred doneness. Medium rare is between 125°F and 130°F. Remove the pan from the heat.

  5. Transfer the steaks to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the parsley and lemon juice into the juices in the pan. Let cool for a few minutes, then taste and season with more salt and lemon juice as needed.

  6. Cut the steaks across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place on top of the potatoes and drizzle with the garlic butter pan sauce.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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