This delicious Steak Frites Recipe with lemon herb butter is a classic French dish that is absolutely delicious and incredibly eay to make.
DUDE! WOW! I mean sometimes the simplest things like this recipe are the best aren’t they?
This is literally consists of steak, butter and fries and it’s outta this world!
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!
WHAT IS IT
Steak Frites is a ridiculously easy recipe to make and if you have a deep fryer it just got easier! It literally translates to steak and fries, nothing else. This is a very classic French dish and still very awesome to this day.
One of my favorite things about this, 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!
Herb butters like this one are probably one of the first things we learned in culinary school some 20 years ago and goes amazing on top of the meat.
Compound butter is the fancy name for this herb butter because it’s loaded up with additional ingredients making it compound and complex with flavors. The butters are used to enhance the flavor of whatever it is you’re serving with and this lemon herb butter, while absolutely perfect served on this, 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 because you are going to soak up the fries in it! 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, like in this recipe, 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 frites as is, you most likely will think it is way to strong and doesn’t taste very good.
I have always been a huge 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 then check out this Pan Seared Scallops with White Wine and Herb Butter Sauce, it’s super flavorful and delicious and would also be good on this steak frites recipe.
WHAT ARE FRITES
It’s the French word for fries, that’s it.
They can be baked, fried, or grilled but in the end they are still just fries, but they go great with steak.
When it comes to making them for steak 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. So make sure your fries are crispy for this dish.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Belgian fry process, sorry French folks, it’s probably the best way to make steak frites 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 the frites 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 the frites 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 it up.
If you want to take your frites to the next level then for sure try out this Parmesan Truffle Fries Recipe!
HOW TO MAKE IT
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 meat 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. Do this step or else your steak frites recipe will not turn out.
Once you put the meat in, turn the heat down to medium well and add in some butter to help brown and flavor the steak for the steak frites.
Sear it for 3 to 4 minutes before flipping it over and basting it for another 3 to 4 minutes.
This is honestly the best and most flavorful way to make it. It’s easy, it cooks quick and it’s incredibly delicious.
This is one of my all time favorite recipes because it is just so simple to make and is always so tasty. If you loved it and want to try the grilled version then I definitely recommend this recipe!
Steak Frites Recipe with Lemon Herb Butter
- 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.