One of the first ways many people get into sous vide is through sous vide beef. Whether it is a nice steak or short ribs, sous vide can do great things with beef.
There is a lot that can go into sous vide beef recipes. We try to cover many of the different cuts and show you how to really prepare it well. We include everything from corned beef to prime rib to sirloin steaks.
Most sous vide beef recipes are cooked at 131°F (55°C) for medium rare or 141°F (60.5°C) for medium. For tough cuts that are typically braised many recipes call for cooking temperatures of 156°F (68.8°C) or 165°F (73.8°C), this results in a more traditional texture and most beef cooked at that temperature can also be shredded.
Sous vide strip steak is one of my favorite meats to make. It's rich and flavorful, but not too fatty or tough. I love to pair it simply with a crisp salad and some herb butter to round it out. And don't let the picture fool you, it makes for an amazing weekday meal that comes together really quickly.
During a recent Live Ask Jason Q&A session John asked "I have a whole whole beef tenderloin from Sam's, what's a recipe for medium-rare on the rare side? - John Schoeneck"
Jason responded to John with the following: Like other sous vided meats, the doneness you want is all about the temperature it's cooked at. I have some charts on my sous vide Time and Temperatures page that gives you general ranges for rare, medium-rare, medium, etc. You'll want to read the whole article.
I love a huge, fancy ribeye with a nice demi-glace and some wine, but sometimes I just need something quick for a weeknight meal! When that's the case, I love to turn to this sous vide ribeye dish. It is served on a simple white bean puree with some garlicky kale. It comes together really quick but is still full of great flavor.
I love sous vide chuck steaks, but to offset their fattiness I try to pair them with really light sides. This recipe uses sauteed asparagus and cherry tomatoes, along with shishito peppers to fill out the meal and keep it from getting too heavy.
Filet is a tender and very lean cut, making it a good choice for people trying to reduce their fat intake. I'll often sous vide a small tenderloin and serve it family style, with a big pile of roasted Brussels sprouts. This allows everyone to select what they like best, but if you want to cut it up and serve it individually that works awesome as well!
My Cuban Style Sous Vide Beef Bowl is a filling grain bowl that pops with flavor. The rich and beefy skirt steak is cut by the sour mojo sauce, and the mango and plantains add bursts of sweetness. The spelt and black beans bulk it out. I love the all-natural sweetness added with the fried plantain and the mango, but you can omit them if you want to reduce the sugar in the recipe.
Sous vide strip steak is one of my favorite steaks to cook. Strip steak is less expensive than ribeye or filet because it can be a little tough, but with sous vide it can be cooked long enough to tenderize it. It only needs to be heated through, usually 2 to 4 hours, but I'll often let it go an extra few hours to soften it up some.
Sous vide top round tacos are an inexpensive way to enjoy a good steak taco. It was cooked at 131°F (55°C) for just over 48 hours, rendering it really tender. I spice it up with some garlic powder, paprika and cumin, then add a ton of flavor with the taco toppings.
My local stores and butchers don't carry much tri-tip meat, so I've only cooked it a few times. So I turn to sirloin steak and strip steak as a replacement meat. Unfortunately, I don't have many personal good tips for tri-tip specific, but I know a lot of people who love it. It's my understanding that you sous vide tri-tip to a steak-like temperature. You could select 131°F (55°C) if you like a medium rare steak. Some people enjoy tri-tip just heated through for 2 or 3 hours but others like to cook it a little bit longer to tenderize it.
Flank steak is one of the most flavorful cuts of meat and cooking it sous vide for an extended time tenderizes it into something amazing. I eat flank steak in a lot of different ways, but for this recipe I serve it on top of a vegetable stir fry that is popping with flavor and top it all with a pea pesto.
Short ribs are a rich, fatty cut that is full of amazing flavor when cooked sous vide. However, it can really overwhelm a dish if the sides are also heavy. I often serve short ribs with this simple corn, bean and kale salad. It cuts the richness of the short ribs while adding bright flavors to the meal.
Top round is a very lean but tough piece of meat that really shines with sous vide. After 1 to 2 days it turns very tender. As a definitely milder cut of meat, it can sometimes be on the dry side, so I like to pair it with a flavorful salad for a light summer meal. The peppery watercress combines with the earthy kale for a nuanced base salad that is brightened up with the lemon vinaigrette. Pomegranate seeds and berries add bursts of sweetness without overwhelming the taste of the steak.
There are many types of beef sausage, and while I do love pork and Italian sausage, sometimes I want a change. Beef sausage has a different texture and flavor that I really love, especially when paired with something lighter like this roasted cauliflower salad. I think sous vide beef sausage is the perfect summer meal, particularly when finished on the grill.
Combining the flavor of smoking meat with the tenderization power of sous vide results in amazing briskets. I always struggled making traditional smoked briskets, but using sous vide ensures that they turn out amazing every time.
I love to serve sous vide short ribs in the Korean BBQ style with lettuce wraps, kimchi, and pickled vegetables. It's a light meal that fills you up but doesn't leave you feeling sluggish afterwards. Serving them family style so people can make their own wraps is a great way for everyone to get exactly what they want. Plus it is always a blast to eat with your hands!
It is only recently that I've been experimenting with different types of succotash. I really like the combination of beans and corn with a little citrus and spice added. It's a great summer dish but can also be great in winter.
Today we are going to tie it all together and discuss how to cook beef and other red meat. I'll cover some of the time and temperatures I recommend for certain kinds of meat and give you the reasoning behind them so you can make your own decisions.
Even though cranberries are a staple for Thanksgiving sauces they are often overlooked for more traditional sauces. Their combination of tartness and mild fruitiness is a great complement to many BBQ sauces. I like to serve this BBQ on a smoked and sous vided brisket.
I was looking for a hearty, but easy, weekday meal so I decided to do a sous vide sirloin steak with roasted root vegetables. Sous vide sirloin steak is one of my favorite cuts to eat. It is on the leaner side but still has enough marbling to make it flavorful without being too fatty. It's also much less expensive than a New York strip or a rib steak, making it more accessible for a weekday meal.
I turn the sous vided brisket or chuck roast into shredded beef for flavorful carnitas covered in a sweet and spicy tangerine-chipotle sauce. I serve them with corn tortillas and avocado so they are easy to pick up and eat.
Flank steak is full of beefy flavor and has a great bite to it. Serving it with chimichurri, a spicy garlic and parsley based sauce, is very popular in Argentina and other South American countries. This recipe makes an excellent choice for a party!
Create a perfect version of a traditional pot roast by sous viding it. The meat is fall apart tender and very juicy. In this recipe I lighten it up with a medley of roasted vegetables and brighten it up with a lemon vinaigrette!
I've always been a fan of pastrami and I really enjoy making my own. The process takes a while but the actual work required is very small. Making your own allows you to enjoy a variety of options as you tweak the spices!
If you sous vide a chuck steak for a few days it comes out tasting almost as good as a ribeye, at only about a third of the cost. For this recipe I serve the chuck steak with a flavorful fresh pesto and crunchy deep fried brussels sprouts.
This recipe combines lime and ginger which are two great ingredients to pair with the bold flavors of the sous vided sirloin steak. I like to add texture and brightness to the dish by combining them in a vinaigrette-style sauce that is drizzled over a crispy cabbage and pepper slaw topping.
This family favorite summer recipe tops a flavorful, tender sous vided hanger steak with fresh peach salsa. When using sous vide, a convenient hands-off cooking method to prepare this underutilized cut of meat, you have even more time for relaxation. The salsa is simple to prepare and really highlights the flavor of the peaches while still complementing the steak.
I'm a huge fan of steak, but sometimes I don't want to kill myself with a really heavy meal. Serving the steak with a lot of vegetables is a great way to lighten it up and add a lot of flavor. This sous vide chuck steak recipe combines the steak with some asparagus, cherry tomatoes and shishito peppers.
French dip sandwiches are a classic deli food and they are very easy to make at home using our sous vide recipe with a top round roast. Once the meat is cooked for several days it is seared and thinly sliced. I like to pile the slices on a hoagie roll with melted Swiss cheese but you can serve it however you prefer. Many people enjoy thinly sliced red onion on it.
One of my wife's favorite foods is quesadillas, luckily for me they are easy to make and can have a lot of variety. For sous vide quesadillas you simply cook the meat ahead of time then assemble the quesadillas when you are ready to eat.
Often during the week you only have time for a quick meal. These Asian Glazed sous vide ribeye steaks are one way to still have a flavorful dish without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Because it is already very tender there are several ways to sous vide ribeye steak. You can cook it by thickness, using a sous vide thickness ruler, just long enough to bring it up to temperature. You can also cook it for up to 8 hours because of the amount of fat in the steak. One of my favorite ways is to sous vide it for several hours then chill it in a 1/2 ice - 1/2 water bath.
Use sous vide to serve great meals around a busy schedule. One of the ways sous vide can do this is by taking a traditionally difficult meal and making it very easy. For most people, doing a BBQ brisket during the busy work week is impossible because there is no time to smoke and grill it for hours.
Using sous vide for the brisket allows you to prep and bag the brisket in 10 minutes when you have time. Then a few days before you want to eat simply put it in the water bath and forget about it. Once it's cooked you quickly sear the sous vided brisket and you're all ready to eat.
One of my favorite sandwiches is a great reuben. I love them with pastrami or corned beef, and on just about any type of bread. The other day I decided to make one for myself using sous vide corned beef. Cooking the corned beef sous vide results in very tender, but still firm, corned beef which is perfect for a great reuben. Just add some good rye bread that is toasted, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese, and some thousand Island dressing and you're all set. If you like reubens you'll love this sous vide corned beef reuben recipe.
Grilled hamburgers are something I look forward to every year. The combination of the beef, cheese, bun, and sauce is always amazing. The only downside is that I prefer medium-rare burgers which means I have to grind my own meat, something that can be time consuming. Luckily, when you use a sous vide recipe, you can cook your hamburgers long enough to pasteurize them so you can enjoy medium-rare burgers with minimal effort.
Sous vide beef kebabs are one of my favorite recipes to make. I love the taste of the beef with the grilled vegetables. In the sous vide recipe we utilize a bottom round roast to create tender and spicy beef kebabs that we finish on the grill. You can use just about any cut of meat but the bottom round roast is nice and cheap with a good amount of fat on it.
Even though sous vide steak recipes are very prevalent it's hard not to write about them in summer because I spend so much time outside grilling. I also love the convenience of sous vide steak. I can toss a pouch into the water bath and whenever we're ready to eat later in the day I can pull it out and quickly sear it on the grill.
One of the hard parts about summer cooking is keeping the food light. While I love pulled pork, big steaks, and juicy hamburgers I can only take so much heavy food. This sous vide beef salad with figs recipe is a nice alternative to some of the heavier meals while still giving me my beef fix.
Now that spring is finally coming around, it's time to start grilling. There's lots of ways to utilize sous vide with your grill but sometimes you just want a simple meal with some grill flavor. This sous vide recipe fits the bill.
Big juicy beef ribs are one of my favorite foods but you have to make sure they become tender enough to really enjoy them. There are many ways to make sure they are tender, from smoking to braising, to cooking in the oven at low temperatures. They all have their benefits and sous vide just adds one more option for you.
You can follow our sous vide recipe or come up with your version.
Around Christmas time many people will prepare ham or turkey but around our house we've always done a prime rib roast for dinner. With sous vide it's now easier than ever to have a perfectly cooked prime rib dinner without a lot of the hassle you normally have to go through. Here our sous vide recipe for the classic prime rib roast.
One of my favorite meals is a good roasted beef. However, roasts are notoriously hard to cook properly. Even the best roasts have a wide band around them of overcooked meat but this recipe shows how sous vide can come to the rescue again.
One of the most convenient uses of sous vide cooking is to use it to defrost and cook foods that come straight from the freezer. As long as the food is vacuum sealed you can take it directly from the freezer and put it in a pre-heated water bath. Just add 15-30 minutes to the recommended cooking time from the sous vide recipe and it should come out perfectly.
This sous vide recipe for beef Goulash is adapted from the recipe in the wonderful book German, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian: 70 Traditional Dishes from the Heart of European Cuisine. It's a great wintertime dish and is really hardy, especially when served with a good sticky rice or mashed potatoes. The beef is first cooked sous vide and only added to the goulash itself near the end, ensuring the meat is not overcooked.
This sous vide recipe for steak salad is a different use of the sous vide technique. Instead of using sous vide to cook the meat for a long period of time, you use it to add perfectly medium rare steak to your salad. The thyme and garlic help add a little kick to the steak while the honey mustard dressing adds a strong flavor to the salad itself.
These sous vide short ribs are very simple to make and come out with an incredible meaty flavor and a texture more similar to a prime rib than to braised short ribs.
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