Bert and Ernie, Cracker Jack and baseball, gin and tonic: Just a few of the most iconic duos of all time. Add to that list steak and sauce. Few pairings impress like a sautéed steak drizzled with an elegant pan sauce, and this dressy preparation demands remarkably little effort. With a good pan, the right cut, and a couple of basic pantry ingredients, the meal comes together in about 20 minutes.
Skirt steak, a thin, quick-cooking cut that boasts big flavor and a still-reasonable price point, is perfect for this simple method. First, sear the steak until it browns on both sides and is pink in the middle. Then, make a pan sauce while the steak rests. Finally, slice the steak and serve drizzled with the sauce.
Try the method with my four sauce recipes: Grainy Mustard, Apple & Tarragon Sauce; Smoky Saffron & Tomato Sauce; Lemon-Parmesan Cream Sauce; or Garlicky Tequila-Lime Sauce, or create your own custom pan sauce following the steps below. Serve with a good bottle of red, and make like the meal has been a heck of a lot of work for you. I guarantee, no one will be the wiser.
Create your own pan sauce
Use this basic formula to inspire your own pairings.