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    Sous Vide Steak Recipe

    Published March 8, 2024. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This incredible sous vide steak recipe is slow cooked in a water bath with herbs and garlic that is then pan seared to golden brown perfection for the ultimate meal. Once you try this method of cooking steak, there is no going back.

    I do love a good steak, but sometimes they are just so expensive when I order it when I’m out to eat. If you feel the same way, check out my Steak Diane or Grilled T Bone.

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    Sous Vide Steak

    Sous vide steak is a beef steak that has been sealed in an airtight bag and slowly cooked in a container or pot of temperature-regulated water using a sous vide machine or wand. The term sous vide is French for “under vacuum,” regarding the sealed bag the steak is in and cooked under a vacuum.

    The sous vide wand regulates the water to a precise temperature and holds it at that temperature. There is a heater in the wand and a vacuum fan that constantly moves to circulate the water to ensure it stays at the desired temperature. During this process at low temperatures the fat will slowly melt and render throughout the steak making it extremely flavorful while retaining an incredible amount of moisture to keep it juicy.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    sous vide steak
    • Steak – Any boneless or bone-in cut of sirloin, filet, ribeye, flank, skirt, top round, hanger, T-bone, or porterhouse steak will work for this. I used a New York Strip Steak.
    • Oil – I believe olive oil is the best for searing a steak to create the perfect Maillard reaction. Other options are avocado oil, ghee, clarified butter, or beef tallow.
    • Butter – I always use unsalted butter in all my cooking and baking to control the sodium content.
    • Seasonings – coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper is all that was used for this reverse-seared steak.
    • Herbs – I used fresh thyme sprigs to enhance the flavor of the steak during the sous vide and searing process. Other herbs you could use are rosemary, sage, or oregano.
    • Garlic – A few garlic cloves will add beautiful flavors to the dish.
    • Shallots – I like to use 1 shallot when searing the steak for a bit of onion flavor.

    How to Make Sous Vide Steak

    Pat dry the steak on all sides with a paper towel.

    patting dry steaks with paper towels

    Season the steak on all sides with coarse salt.

    seasoning steaks

    Place it on a rack over a sheet tray and in the refrigerator uncovered for 2 to 24 hours.

    adding steaks to a refrigerator

    When ready to prepare it, add a sous vide wand to a large pot or container filled ¾ of the way with cold water.

    fixing a sous vide wand to a container

    Preheat the wand to 100°.

    degrees setting on a sous vide wand

    Remove the steak from the refrigerator and season it on both sides with freshly ground black pepper.

    adding pepper to steaks

    Add your steak to a large vacuum seal bag with 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh thyme and 4 garlic cloves.

    steak with herbs and garlic in a bag

    Seal the vacuum bag until compressed and airtight. Please see my video on how to use a plain plastic zip bag to achieve a very similar process. 

    vacuum sealing a bag

    Submerge the steak in the sealed bag into the container or pot. Cook at 100° for 1 to 2 hours.

    steak in a water bath

    Remove the bag from the water and then remove the steak from the bag. 

    removing a sous vide steak

    It will have been sitting in its own rendered juice and fat for a few hours so to ensure it gets a good brown crust, pat it dry on all sides with a paper towel.

    patting dry a sous vide steak

    Add the olive oil to a 10” cast iron or carbon steel pan and heat over high heat until the oil smokes lightly.

    adding oil to a pan

    For a medium rare internal steak, place the steak in the pan turn the heat down to medium and let the steak cook for 1 minute.

    searing a steak in a pan

    Next, using tongs, move the steak around in a circular motion for 1 minute. Doing this will help completely brown the top of the steak, which is known as a Maillard crust.

    moving a steak around in a pan

    Flip the steak over turn the heat down to low-medium and cook it for 1 minute.

    seared steak

    Add the garlic, shallots, thyme, and butter to the pan with the steak.

    adding herbs and butter to a pan

    Baste the steak for 2 minutes to help brown and flavor the steak more.

    basting a steak

    Let the steak rest for 3 to 4 minutes.

    resting a steak

    Slice the steak and serve it as is or with some Maître D’ Butter.

    sliced steak on a cutting board with garlic

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: Sous vide steak is meant to be eaten as soon as it is done cooking.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. This recipe will not freeze well.

    How to Reheat: This recipe does not reheat well, but if you do need to reheat it, then re-sear it in a hot pan with lightly smoked oil until warm.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • When the steaks are smaller in weight, you may need to adjust cooking times by 1 minute per side.
    • Feel free to use your favorite steak seasoning.
    • If you let the steak sit seasoned for more than 24 hours, it causes it to begin drying out.
    • The best pans for searing the steak are cast iron or carbon steel. However, you can use whatever you have.
    • Maillard reaction, also known as the browning reaction, is an interaction between sugar and amino acids in the steak when heated to 285°and 350° over high heat, browning the meat to enhance the flavor and add more crispness. This is not the same as caramelizing.
    • Since I prefer my steak medium rare, I prefer to remove it from the oven at 100° internally so that I have more wiggle room when pan searing to ensure it is not overcooked.
    • You will need at least a 12” pan to sear multiple steaks simultaneously.
    • This is the sous vide wand I used.
    • Please see my video on how to use a plain plastic zip bag to achieve a very similar process a vacuum sealed bag. 
    • When food is in the danger zone between 40° and 140° for longer than 2 hours, bacteria grows at an extremely fast rate which can lead to food borne illnesses.
    • Sous vide is also an excellent way to slowly reheat food without overcooking.

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    Sous Vide Steak Recipe

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    This sous vide steak recipe is cooked in a water bath with herbs and garlic and then pan seared to perfection for the ultimate meal.
    Servings: 2
    Prep Time: 2 hours
    Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 2 1-pound New York strip steaks
    • 8 garlic cloves
    • 20 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 peeled shallot
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Start by patting dry the steak on all sides with a paper towel.
    • Next, season the steak on all sides as you would before cooking it with coarse salt.
    • Place it on a rack over a sheet tray and place it in the refrigerator uncovered for 2 to 24 hours.
    • When you’re ready to prepare it, add a sous vide wand to a large pot or container that’s filled ¾ of the way with cold water.
    • Preheat the wand to 100°.
    • Remove the steak from the refrigerator and season it on both sides with freshly ground black pepper.
    • Add your steak to a large vacuum seal bag along with 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh thyme and 4 garlic cloves.
    • Seal the vacuum bag until compressed and airtight. Please see my video on how to use a plain plastic zip bag to achieve a very similar process.
    • Submerge the steak in the sealed bag into the container or pot and cook at 100° for 1 to 2 hours.
    • Remove the bag from the water and then remove the steak from the bag.
    • It will have been sitting in its own rendered juice and fat for a few hours so to ensure it gets a good brown crust, pat it dry on all sides with a paper towel.
    • Add the olive oil to a 10” cast iron or carbon steel pan and heat over high heat until the oil smokes lightly.
    • For a medium rare internal steak, place the steak in the pan, turn the heat down to medium, and let the steak cook for 1 minute
    • Next, using tongs, move the steak around in a circular motion for 1 minute. Doing this will help completely brown the top of the steak, which is known as a Maillard crust.
    • Flip the steak over, turn the heat down to low-medium, and cook it for 1 minute. Add the garlic, shallots, thyme, and butter to the pan with the steak.
    • Baste the steak for 2 minutes to help brown and flavor the steak more. Let the steak rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Slice the steak and serve it as is or with some Maître D’ Butter.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: Sous vide steak is meant to be eaten as soon as it is done cooking.
    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. This recipe will not freeze well.
    How to Reheat: This recipe does not reheat well, but if you do need to reheat it, then re-sear it in a hot pan with lightly smoked oil until warm.
    When the steaks are smaller in weight, you may need to adjust cooking times by 1 minute per side.
    Feel free to use your favorite steak seasoning.
    If you let the steak sit seasoned for more than 24 hours, it causes it to begin drying out.
    The best pans for searing the steak are cast iron or carbon steel. However, you can use whatever you have.
    Maillard reaction, also known as the browning reaction, is an interaction between sugar and amino acids in the steak when heated to 285°and 350° over high heat, browning the meat to enhance the flavor and add more crispness. This is not the same as caramelizing.
    Since I prefer my steak medium rare, I prefer to remove it from the oven at 100° internally so that I have more wiggle room when pan searing to ensure it is not overcooked.
    You will need at least a 12” pan to sear multiple steaks simultaneously.
    This is the sous vide wand I used.
    Please see my video on how to use a plain plastic zip bag to achieve a very similar process a vacuum sealed bag.
    When food is in the danger zone between 40° and 140° for longer than 2 hours, bacteria grows at an extremely fast rate which can lead to food borne illnesses.
    Sous vide is also an excellent way to slowly reheat food without overcooking.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 1209kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 95gFat: 87gSaturated Fat: 36gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 37gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 393mgSodium: 241mgPotassium: 1543mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 826IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 9mg
    Course: Main
    Cuisine: American, French