Steak Frites: Up your steak and potato game by searing up a delicious new your strip and serving it up with fries that are doused in a delicious lemon herb butter for steak!
DUDE! WOW! I mean sometimes the most simple things are the best aren’t they? This steak frites recipe literally consists of steak, butter and fries and it’s outta this flippin world! It’s a very classic French dish and still very awesome to this day. I cut the fries super thin so I could have more of them and could soak them up in the delicious lemon herb butter and steak juices, which is most likely because I’m Italian and am always trying to have leftovers! Steak Frites is a ridiculously easy recipe to make and if you have a deep fryer it just got easier! One of my favorite things about this recipe is the herb butter for steak that you put all over the top. It’s loaded with thyme, garlic, lemon zest and is just amazing over the steak as well as dipping the fries in it. This recipe is to die for!
How to Make the Lemon Herb Butter for Steak!
Herb butters like this one is probably one of the first things we learned in culinary school some 20 years ago. Compound butter is the fancy name for this herb butter for steak because it’s loaded up with additional ingredients making it compound and complex with flavors. Compound butters are used to enhance the flavor of whatever it is your serving with and this lemon herb butter, while absolutely perfect served on this steak frites, would be incredible smothered of pork, fish or chicken, it’s just that good. When making herb butters you have to ensure that it is extremely flavorful, like i mean EXTREMELY! Nothing worse than a butter that tastes like well, butter.
Since you are never eating an herb butter as is, you’re always eating it served on something you have to ensure it is loaded up with flavor and ingredients because it will be enhancing it. If you just take a spoonful and eat this herb butter for steak as is, you most likely will think it is way to strong and doesn’t taste very good. I have always been a hue proponent of seasoning every single thing that goes into a dish, whether that’s the sauce and protein or a combo of rubs, butters, vegetables, starches, etc. every single thing needs to be seasoned. If you want to try another great herb butter for steak recipe then check out this Pan Seared Scallops with White Wine and Herb Butter Sauce, it’s super flavorful and delicious!
What on Earth are Frites?
Frites is the French word for fries, that’s it. Frites can be baked, fried, or grilled but in the end they are still just fries. When it comes to making frites I prefer them to be fried and crispy because in this recipe they are going to be covered in delicious lemon herb butter and plenty of juices from the New York strip so they are going to need to be able to stand up and not get soggy. There is nothing worse than an old soggy fry, so sad.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Belgian fry process, sorry French folks, it’s probably the best but it does require some time. Now, I’m not saying you should do this process, but I do want to expose you to it because they do render the best frites! After you are done slicing the potatoes, whether that be by hand with a knife or a machine, you then want to hold them in water over night and then rinse them off the next day. The goal here is to get rid of all the starch on the outside so that they fry up beautifully so washing them twice is key. Next, you pre-blanch them in the fryer to develop that outside crust a little bit while barely cooking the frites. Let them sit at room temperature until you are ready to serve them, then dunk them in the fryer again and cook the frites until crispy and done! The last thing to do is serve up this frites with steak and scarf!
How to Make the Steak in Steak Frites!
There are a few ways you can cook the steak for this recipe but I always come back to searing it in a cast iron skillet or on a flat top. You want to season the steak very well with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and place it in a very hot skillet over high heat with olive oil that has begun to lightly smoke. Once you put the steak in, turn the heat down to medium well and add in some butter to help brown and flavor the steak. Sear it for 3 to 4 minutes before flipping it over and basting it for another 3 to 4 minutes while it cooks. This is honestly the best and most flavorful way to make steak. It’s easy, it cooks quick and it’s incredibly delicious.
Steak frites is one of my all time favorite recipes because it is just so simple to make and is always so tasty. If you loved steak frites and want to try the grilled version then I definitely recommend this steak frites recipe!
Steak Frites Recipe with Lemon Herb Butter
Steak, fries and herb butter, how could you go wrong? If you like simple delicious recipes then this steak and fries recipe is absolutely for you. This recipe is a French classic and with the lemon herb butter for steak added over top, it helps take this steak frites recipe to the next level!
- 12 ounce New York Strip Steak
- 8 ounces of softened unsalted butter + 1 ounce for sautéing
- 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh chervil optional
- 4 finely minced cloves of garlic
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 russet potato cut into thick julienne slices
- Parmesan cheese
- chopped fresh parsley
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
In a large bowl whisk together the 8 ounces of soft unsalted butter with the green onions, thyme, rosemary, chervil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper until completely combined. Chill in the refrigerator.
Season the steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Next, add 1 ounce of butter to a cast iron skillet on high heat and add in the steak to sear. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until caramelized and the desired internal temperature is achieved. Rest the steak on a plate for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.
Fry the French fries until brown but still soft in the inside. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Serve the steak with a heaping scoop of the lemon herb butter and besides the fries.