12 Healthy Steak Recipes That Take 20 Minutes (Or Less!) – Eat that, not that


Time is of the essence when trying to quickly put a healthy meal on the table after a long day. But even though you want something quick, you also want something tasty—think steak. Steak, especially the lower-fat cuts — think sirloin, skirt, or flank steak — that you’ll see in these recipes can be prepared very quickly in a hot pan. Add the perfect pre-season rub, a quick steak sauce, or a quick side dish and you’ll have a restaurant-worthy meal in minutes.

Lean steak is surprisingly healthy. Any cut that has less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3.5 ounces can be considered lean. Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND, a registered dietitian on our medical expert panel tells us. It’s also an excellent source of niacin, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12, and selenium, and a good source of phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, and iron.

Once you master these quick, healthy steak recipes, you’ll wonder why you’re paying big bucks for a steakhouse meal! Also, don’t miss 5 tips for preparing a ‘legendary’ steak straight from the Texas Roadhouse.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Coffee enhances the flavor of steaks beautifully. Even Courteney Cox agrees after sharing the “world’s biggest steak” on Instagram from her famous musical pal Brandi Carlile. Coffee, chilli powder, salt and pepper can be rubbed in quickly and after a short searing this steak is ready to go. Be sure to let it rest for the juiciest bite.

Get our Coffee Rubbed Steak recipe.

Low calorie bargains with red wine sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Learning how to make a simple pan sauce will change your life — and that’s no exaggeration. After searing the steak, “deglaze” the pan with red wine, ie scrape off the caramelized bits. After the wine has reduced by three quarters, “mount” the sauce with a little butter. That tiny bit of extra fat will make your sauce silky smooth.

Get our recipe for Steak in a Red Wine Pan Sauce.

Steak tacos with pico de gallo on a green plate.
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Here’s a great hack for quick steak tacos. Use good old taco seasoning as a quick rub for the fastest, healthiest tacos ever. Taco Bell who?

Get our recipe for the easiest steak tacos.

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Paleo steak fries with compound butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Take your mind to France, just steak and fries, really, with this delicious steak fries recipe. You can use any cut of steak you like here, but the texture and meatiness of skirt or sirloin steaks most closely mirrors the steak cuts the recipe says is commonly used in classic French brasseries in Paris. That gets the seared steak Je ne sais quoi with some compound butter made from butter, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, chives, mustard and Worcestershire. And yes, the fries part technically takes longer than 15 minutes, but not if you’re using your handy, dandy air fryer!

Get our recipe for steak fries.

Paleo steak with a blue cheese crust
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Blue cheese and steak go together like peanut butter and jelly. Blended with breadcrumbs and herbs, blue cheese forms a crispy, melt-in-your-mouth crust on beef that might make you feel guilty in its deliciousness, but ultimately only adds about 40 calories to the dish (compared to Outback’s blue cheese crust, which adds about). 400 calories and 30 grams of fat for her dish Victoria’s Filet), according to the recipe. As if you need a good reason… This blue cheese crust steak recipe will save you over 600 calories and nearly twenty dollars!

Get our recipe for Blue Cheese Crusted Steak.

Steak chimichurri recipe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chimichurri — a light-colored herb sauce that plays the role of steak sauce in Argentina — is one of the world’s most delicious (and healthiest) condiments, the recipe states. It’s like the pesto of South America and tastes great on steaks. Make more because it’s great for eggs, potatoes, and veggies too!

Get our recipe for Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri.

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grilled steak with red wine butter next to steak fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you feel guilty for putting a stick of butter on the steak, please don’t! Flavored butter adds calories, but the flavor is concentrated, so don’t use too much. Butter infused with red wine and rosemary is divine, but try blue cheese, chives and black pepper, or chopped sun-dried tomatoes and olives.

Get our recipe for Easy Grilled Steak with Red Wine Butter.

Low calorie cheesesteak sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

No, this isn’t your traditional Philly cheesesteak, it’s so much better. A yogurt-based cheese sauce replaces the traditional Cheez Whiz or Provolone. Peppery arugula and fresh tomatoes pair perfectly with seared steak and fragrant blue cheese.

Get our Low Calorie Philly Cheesesteak recipe.

Healthy Philly Cheesesteak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you’re craving a traditional Philly cheesesteak, it’s easy to fan it up. This version uses skirt steak, provolone, and sautéed mushrooms, peppers, and onions for about 500 fewer calories than a fatty flattop-cooked version.

Get our Philly Cheesesteak with Caramelized Vegetables recipe.

Healthy poor man's steak with garlic sauce 
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Okay, we’re cheating here with ground roast beef shaped into a “steak,” but once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to plain burgers. Plus, this quick stir-fry sauce will be a keeper you’ll want to smother any steak with.

Get our recipe for a healthy poor man’s steak with garlic sauce.

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Paleo sweet and spicy beef
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The trick to keeping this dish under 15 minutes is to let the steak marinate while the veggies cook. Also, think about yours mise en placewhich is just a fancy French term for everything being cut and measured before you start frying to avoid burning anything.

Get our recipe for Sweet and Spicy Beef Stir-Fry.

Low calorie Thai wraps with beef salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Use one of the leaner cuts of steak flank, skirt or sirloin for this quick and flavorful recipe. Then wrap the crispy, thinly sliced ​​carrots, onions and cilantro in the lettuce leaf with the steak and spritz with some lime. Lunch or dinner will be served!

Get our recipe for Thai-Inspired Beef Salad Wraps.

Now that you have a few easy steak recipes in your back pocket, you’ll never have to shell out big bucks for a fancy steak dinner again. With a few simple tips, you can conjure up a legendary steak dinner in no time at all. And don’t forget to grab a thermometer to check the doneness of your steak with the best accuracy.


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