While people have different preferences when it comes to which cut of steak is best and why, rib-eyes are a favorite because their marbled texture helps keep them juicy and tender. There are a number of options for how to cook a rib-eye steak, but you can’t go wrong with this pan-seared version with a red wine sauce. Shallots and fresh thyme enhance the flavors and aroma of these savory thick and juicy steaks.
Almost any red wine will do. If you’re not sure how to choose a variety that pairs well with beef, ask for guidance at your grocery store or wine shop. You only need one cup to make the red wine sauce, so choose a wine you’ll enjoy drinking, too.
What you’ll need
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 rib-eye steaks (about 6 ounces each)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- Pinch black pepper
Step by step
- In a small saucepan, boil red wine over high heat about 7 minutes or until reduced by half; set aside.
- 2Season both sides of steaks with salt and pepper.
- 3Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in medium-size skillet (not nonstick) over high heat until very hot. Add steaks and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until well browned on bottom.
- 4Flip steaks and cook an additional 4 minutes for medium-rare, or until internal temperature registers 130 F on an instant-read thermometer.
- 5Remove steaks to a cutting board; tent loosely with foil. Discard remaining fat.
- 6Add remaining tablespoon oil to the skillet used to cook the steaks (do not clean); reduce heat to medium-low. Add shallot and cook 1 minute until softened.
- 7Add broth and boil over high heat 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in reduced red wine and any juices from the steak platter. Whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time. Stir in thyme and pepper; serve sauce over steaks.From that first scrumptious bite, you’ll be glad you chose this method for how to cook a rib-eye steak. Add a baked potato and side salad for a traditional steak dinner.
Don’t forget to pour a little red wine for yourself and your date, too.>