Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Steak and Potatoes (but not like your mom makes)

Garlic Butter Steak and Potato Skillet

This is an easy one pan recipe that is very simple and so flavorful.  Juicy steak and crisp Yukon gold potatoes are pan-seared and cooked to perfection with a lot of garlic, herbs and butter sauce.  This dish can be prepared in any large skillet.  I use my large Lodge cast iron skillet when I prepare this dish.  I use flank steak when preparing this recipe because it is a lean, yet soft cut of beef, which means this garlic butter steak recipe is nearly impossible to mess up.

This recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients list for the steak and potatoes

  • 1 1/2 pounds of flank steak, sliced against the grain, then cut into bite size pieces (or ribeye steak, tenderloin, strip loin, strip steak...)
  • 1 1/2 pounds of baby Yukon gold potatoes sliced in quarters.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, divided.
  • 5 garlic cloves minced (I use a Pampered Chef garlic press, but any will do).
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme.
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary chopped or 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary.
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh oregano chopped or 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

The marinade

  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of hot sauce (I use Sriracha)
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. To prepare the garlic butter steak recipe with potato wedges: In a large bowl, combine the steak with soy sauce, olive oil, pepper, and hot sauce.  Set aside and allow steak bites to marinate while you cook the potatoes. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.  When the butter is melted, add the potato wedges.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, stir and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until the potatoes are golden and fork tender.  Transfer the potatoes to a plate and set aside.
  3. Keep the same skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and herbs.  Lay the steak bites in one layer in the skillet, keeping the drained steak marinade for later.  Cook the steak bites on each side for 1 minute each, until nicely browned-adjust your timing on how you like your steak.
  4. Right before the garlic butter steak bites are done, you can stir in the reserved marinade if you like and cook for one minute.  Add the potatoes back to the garlic butter steak pan and heat through.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with more crushed red pepper, fresh herbs, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese over the potatoes if you like.

This dinner can be enjoyed with a nice side salad or oven roasted heirloom carrots, as pictured.

Drink Recommendations


I would pair this meal with a good Cabernet Sauvignon such as Abbraccio from Gervasi Vineyard or J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet.


I would enjoy a nice "Pale Ale" with this dinner if I were having a beer.  Something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.


 An "Old Fashioned" cocktail or a "Manhattan" go very well with steak.  If these two cocktails are a bit too strong for you, a Whiskey Sour made with a good quality whiskey is a good pairing.






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