What have I been craving recently? Steak frites! Buttery, delish, crunchy and savory. One of my all-time favorite meals.
Steak Frites is the classic restaurant dish you can now make at home! Crispy french fries soak up a juicy steak topped with maitre d’hotel butter.
The dish pictured was prepared on a night when hubby was gone hunting, I had work to do and no one to dine with so I hauled myself off to the store and prepared the feast you see before you.
Steak frites is a French dish (some actually claim it hails from Belgium) layering crispy fried potatoes, a juicy steak and maitre d’hotel butter. Served at brasseries throughout Europe, it is typically just these simple ingredients, however I’ve added Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms and Onions.
- Strip Steak
- French Fries
- Compound Butter
I mean you have to have vegetables, right? It is a rich dish, both in heritage and in flavor, perfect for celebrating a special occasion or a dinner party.
Season you steaks with salt and pepper. Pan fry, grill or even broil to a beautiful golden brown, whatever your perfect steak temperature is.
The minutes per side will vary greatly depending on the thickness of your steak and prefered doneness. I am a medium rare girl.
One important element is to make sure to get your fries super crispy to prevent them from getting soggy from steak juice prematurely. The whole point is to let them soak up the juices and butter from the steak.
Some folks use different types of potatoes too. Hash browns, home fries, tater tots, sliced potatoes or even wedges all work.
You are only required to have some sort of crunchy potato and make sure you drain the potatoes well on paper towels or something similar so they aren’t too greasy. You can season them with salt too, if desired.
I pan fry mine on the stove top with a blended oil, due to the smoke point being high, but you can also bake them in the oven if you wish to cut calories or just don’t feel comfortable frying. I don’t own an Air Fryer, but it is a great alternative.
I generally make my Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms and Garlic ahead of time and then just heat time in the same skillet I cook the steak while it rests.
Maitre d’hotel butter can also be made ahead of time, I generally keep this as a staple in my refrigerator anyhow. Compound butter for the win!
My husband also requests a side of Creamy Horseradish Sauce in addition to all the other sauces. He is a saucy guy. I crack myself up…
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Questions you might have about how to make this easy steak frites recipe?
How do I reheat steak frites? Honestly, steak frites will never be as good reheated as it was fresh. It is just impossible. I prefer to use the oven on a low temperture.
Can I make this ahead of time? You can prepare all of the elements prior to serving, but you really need to make the potatoes and steak right before serving for best results.
What is what is steak frites au poivre? It just means they used a peppercorn au poivre sauce. I happen to have a recipe for that right here! You can also use another classic French sauce, Beurre Blanc or even Hollandaise Sauce.
What do you serve with steak frites? It is meant to be a standalone dish, but if you need to get some greens in there, here are my favorite recipes to pair with steak frites.
What cut of beef should I use? I used a strip steak here, but I’ve seen people use filet mignon and even rib eyes.
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- Season strip steaks with Steakhouse Steak Rub and set aside.
- In high sided sauce pan or skillet, cook shoe string French fries according to package directions. Place on a paper towel lined baking sheet in a warm oven while you prepare the remaining pieces.
- In a cast iron pan or heavy skillet, melt butter over high heat. Make sure you turn on the vent or have proper ventilation.
- Add seasoned steaks, cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side, longer if you like a medium-well done steak. This will also be highly dependent on the thickness of your steaks. Remove and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- To plate, place shoe string fries on the plate, topped with your juicy steak and 1 tablespoon cold maitre d’hotel butter and 1/2 cup sauteed garlic mushrooms and garlic. Enjoy!
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!