Tips for Cooking Delicious Steak Tips

If you’re craving a tender and flavorful steak, then you’re in for a treat with steak tips. In this article, I’ll guide you through choosing the right cut of meat and share some insider tips to ensure your beef is tender and packed with flavor. Plus, you probably already have all the ingredients you need for this recipe in your pantry!

What Exactly Are Steak Tips?

Steak tips are bite-sized cubes of steak that are cut from larger pieces of meat, typically the sirloin. However, they can also come from various other cuts. These juicy morsels can be cooked quickly and are known for their tenderness. While you can marinate them for grilling or skewer them for kabobs, the easiest and fastest way is to sear them on the stovetop.

The challenge with cooking steak tips is that they tend to cook through before achieving a well-browned exterior. This can result in less flavor and potential toughness if not handled correctly. But don’t worry, I have some tricks up my sleeve to combat these issues and ensure a mouthwatering outcome.

Choosing the Perfect Cut of Steak

When it comes to selecting the best cut of steak for your tips, tri-tip is a great choice if you need a large batch or want a meatier texture. Another option is top sirloin, which is typically leaner and already trimmed. Both cuts will produce fantastic results using the cooking method outlined in this recipe. Just take a look at their size and marbling in the image below:

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How to Cook Steak Tips

Mastering the Art of Cutting Steak Tips

The key to achieving a well-browned sear on steak tips is cutting them from a thicker piece of meat, allowing you to create perfectly cubed pieces. Tri-tip is ideal for this purpose because its chunkiness lends itself to one-inch thick cubes. However, if you’re using a thinner steak like sirloin, don’t worry! Just cut your steak into one to one and a half-inch pieces. They may only be as thick as the original steak, but I have a clever trick to enhance their browning potential.

Give Your Steak Tips a Flour Coating!

To add extra browning and juiciness to your steak tips, try tossing them in flour before cooking. This technique works wonders, even with thin cuts like cube steak. Smaller cuts often fail to brown significantly on the outside before reaching the desired doneness. But fear not! Coating the meat with flour not only enhances browning but also seals in the juices and increases tenderness.

Now, you may be wondering why traditional steak tips are often served in a gravy, like New England beef tips. The reason is that achieving a perfect sear while maintaining a medium temperature throughout is challenging. However, in this recipe, we’re going for beautifully browned tips, paired with a delectable garlic butter that’ll make you forget all about the gravy.

The Perfect Cooking Technique for Steak Tips

In this recipe, we first cook the steak tips in oil, then add garlic butter at the end to avoid scorching and bitterness. For an extra tangy umami flavor, a touch of Worcestershire sauce is infused into the butter. Before going into the pan, the steak cubes are coated with flour seasoned with salt and pepper. While the flour is optional, I recommend it, especially for smaller or thinner steak tips, as it enhances the dish even further.

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To achieve an impeccable crust, avoid overcrowding the pan during cooking. Either use a large skillet or cook the meat in multiple batches. To accommodate the average kitchen, I’ve provided a recipe below that suggests cooking the tips in two batches. But if you happen to own a spacious skillet, feel free to cook all the beef at once. I personally prefer using a cast iron skillet.

Serving Suggestions for Steak Tips

These succulent steak tips are fantastic on their own as an appetizer. Simply arrange them on a platter and serve with toothpicks for a crowd-pleasing treat. For an even more delightful experience, pair them with a bowl of melted Cowboy Butter for dipping.

As a main course, you can enjoy steak tips on garlic toast, either as is or topped with cheese and lightly broiled. They also make a tantalizing steak salad or can be served alongside mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms for a hearty and satisfying meal. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re ready to take your steak game to the next level, follow these tips and enjoy a mouthwatering steak tips experience you won’t soon forget.

Now, let’s get cooking!

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