What is Steak Frites?

Steak aficionados would certainly have heard of the dish called steak frites, a staple throughout Europe. It is seemingly a simple dish, but did you know that you can prepare steak frites in several ways?

What is Steak Frites?

This mouth-watering dish finds its origins in Belgium and France. It typically includes a succulent steak alongside French fries and is popularly referred to as the national dish of Belgium.

Unsurprisingly, this great example of classic French cuisine has also made its way to Spanish-speaking America, with steak frites featuring widely in eateries across the region.

So, which cut is best for steak frites: strip steaks, T-bone, tenderloin, or something else?

Originally, steak frites found its niche in a fresh rump steak, but modern versions often use rib-eye cuts cooked in a pan reduction sauce. As expected, the French fries accompanying this perfectly cooked steak are deep-fried and ready to dip.

Depending on the region, the local version of steak frites could come with various types of sauces, extra seasonings, or whichever cut of steak is most widely available. It is a versatile recipe and easy to recreate at home.

How To Make Steak Frites

As delicious as it is simple, steak frites requires only two main ingredients: steak and fries. However, the secret to a perfectly prepared steak frites masterpiece is to treat these separate components as two sides of the same coin. You need to cook and season both the steak and fries to perfection for the rich flavors to come together.

A great reason to try this dish is that the cook can prepare it in any way they like. Serve it with different sauces and use a favorite cut of steak; it is all about balance.

Everyone prefers their steak and potatoes a certain way, and each take on the dish can look slightly different to others without losing its authenticity. Perhaps, the most gratifying thing about preparing steak frites is that it does not require the best home cook to bring out its best qualities.

The combination of steak and fries takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to prepare, and the first step is to choose the cut of steak. Adjust the recipe to your liking, whether you prefer T-bone or rib-eye. To prepare the beef, pan-sear or grill it with a good amount of seasonings like melted butter, pepper, or other favorites.

We recommend large baking potatoes, peeled and sliced to ¼ of an inch thick. The thickness of the fries will depend on preference. Then, add the potatoes to cold water for about 15 minutes while preparing the deep-fryer or large saucepan.

Heat the oil to about 300 degrees; the fries cook for about three minutes, and you can drain them on paper towels to cool. Season the fries with some salt before serving (some cooks like to add a dash of vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice for an extra bite).

For the steak, heat a large frying pan on high heat, waiting for it to smoke. Grill the generously seasoned steaks for about four to six minutes on each side to achieve medium-rare (a slow cooker sometimes works well for tough cuts). Finally, top the steak with butter and warm the fries before serving.

What Cut of Meat Is Best Used for Steak Frites?

As an easy and adaptable recipe, steak frites works well with whatever cut of meat you enjoy. While rump steak was common in the past, today’s version even uses porterhouse or flank steak alongside classic cuts like rib eye or strip steak. If none of those options seem viable, do not panic; you can make this delicious dish just as successfully using any other cut of beef.

Why not experiment with flank steak, T-bone, filet mignon, porterhouse, or hanger steak? It is an excellent way to branch out into cuts that you may not be as familiar with and expand your skills in the kitchen.

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Adam can tell you the difference between a flank steak and skirt steak and any other cut of meat. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.