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Steak with Gravy

Steak with Gravy is a cozy meal that can be made in a single skillet on the stove top! You will love the homemade flavor in this meal, and the gravy is easy to make from scratch!

Steak with Gravy in a skillet with parsley on top.

Steak with Gravy

This Steak with Gravy recipe is the definition of cozy comfort! This gravy is so flavorful, and the steak is perfectly cooked to your liking! Serve this with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans for the ultimate family dinner!

The steak rub on this meat is incredible, it’s a steakhouse restaurant copycat and really makes this meal. The steak is then seared in a hot skillet to add a nice crust on the outside, and then it finishes cooking in the gravy, which adds a ton of homemade flavor to the dish. The seasoning combinations and flavor enhancers used for the gravy are also top-notch. 

You are going to love this. Be sure to check out all of my helpful tips below!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Gently tenderize the steaks and pat them dry. Season and flour each side and sear in a skillet. Set aside.

Steak on a plate before and after being seared.

Deglaze the skillet with white wine and reduce by half. Add the butter and the garlic, then stir in the flour for 2 minutes. Add the beef broth/seasoning mixture in small splashes, stirring continuously.

Heating garlic and butter in a skillet and making a roux to make gravy.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. 

Adding beef broth and seasonings to a roux to make gravy in a skillet.

Add the steak back and spoon the sauce on top. Cook for 5 minutes, flip, and spoon more sauce on top. Simmer 3 more minutes, or until desired level of doneness is obtained. 

Steak in a skillet with gravy before and after being simmered.

Best Cuts of Steak to Use

  • Strip Steak, Top Sirloin, or Ribeye Steaks are best for this recipe. Marbled meat yields juicier results. Leaner cuts without marbelization are more prone to becoming dry.

Steak Temperature Guide

  • Rare: 120-130°
  • Medium Rare: 130-135°
  • Medium: 135-145°
  • Medium Well: 145°-155°
  • Well Done: 155°-160°

*Steak that is cooked beyond 165° can become chewy and dry, so keep that in mind when cooking.

The Touch Test

  • Press your finger into the top of the steak to test how firm/cooked it is. The firmer it is, the more cooked it will be.
  • If you were to put your finger on the part of your chin that indents, (below your lip, above your chin), the feel of that resembles a medium-rare steak. 
  • Others go by the touching the soft tissue underneath the base of your thumb. This steak touch test video will guide you through that method.

Pro Tips

  • Wine: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the best wine choices for this. Pinot Grigio works well too. Chicken broth can be used if you don’t cook with wine.
  • Chicken Bouillon: It may seem counterintuitive to use chicken bouillon in this gravy, but it adds a nice contrast with the beef broth as well as depth of flavor.
  • A few drops of Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet can add a slightly darker color to this stew if preferred, but it’s not necessary!
  • When cutting your steak, slice against the grain for authentic steakhouse presentation. This also breaks up the muscle fibers instead of keeping them intact, which makes the steak more tender.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Leftovers freeze/reheat fairly well, although the steak isn’t as tender upon reheating.

Steak with Gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans on a white plate.

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A skillet filled with Steak and Gravy with parsley on top.

Steak with Gravy

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This easy recipe for Steak with Gravy is a cozy meal that is easy to make from scratch in a skillet on the stove top! It's full of homemade flavor and is perfect with mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

Steak

  • 2 lbs. top sirloin steak, or strip steak or ribeye
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Steak Rub

  • 1 teaspoon EACH: salt, brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Gravy

  • ½ cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 ½ cups beef broth
  • ½ chicken bouillon cube, see notes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, can sub soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon EACH: dried thyme, ground sage
  • 2-3 drops gravy master or kitchen bouquet, optional.

Instructions

Prep Work

  • Remove the steak from the fridge 20 minutes before starting so that they cook evenly.
  • Meanwhile, combine the steak rub ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large measuring cup with a spout, combine the beef broth, bouillon cube, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, and a few drops of gravy master/kitchen bouquet (if using).
  • Optional: Place saran wrap over the steak and use a meat mallet to gently tenderize each side. (Don't pound it flat.)
  • Pat it completely dry. Massage the steak rub over each side of the meat.

Sear the Steaks

  • Heat olive oil in a large/wide skillet (preferably cast iron), over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil just starts to smoke slightly, the pan should be very hot.
  • Add the steaks, leaving room around each to create a nice sear around the edges. (You may need to sear them in batches.) You should hear them sizzle immediately when they hit the skillet. Press them down gently so the entire surface is hitting the skillet.
  • Sear for 1 ½- 2 minutes, then use kitchen tongs to flip and cook for another 1 ½-2 minutes. Use kitchen tongs to position the steak on its side and sear the edges as well.
  • Transfer the steaks to a plate and let them rest. The middle won’t be cooked through yet.

Make the Gravy

  • Turn the heat off and add the wine. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the skillet. Set the heat to medium and let the wine bubble gently and reduce by half, 3-4 minutes. Add the butter and garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Add the combined beef broth mixture in small splashes, stirring continuously. Do this slowly to preserve the thickness of the gravy.
  • Bring the gravy to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Add the Steaks Back

  • Add the steaks back along with any juices from the plate. Spoon the sauce on top. Cover partially and let the steaks cook gently, with a gentle bubble now and then, for 5 minutes.
  • Use kitchen tongs to carefully flip them, then spoon more sauce on top. You may see red juice appear on the top, that’s fine. Cook for another 3 minutes, or until desired level of doneness is obtained. The “feel” test is my preferred way of knowing if the steak is done. The firmer the steak, the more cooked through it is. You can also use a meat thermometer. (See blog post for guidance on the feel test and for internal temperature guidance.)
  • Once the meat is cooked to your liking, serve with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans!

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Strip Steak, Top Sirloin, or Ribeye Steaks are best for this recipe. Marbled meat yields juicier results. Leaner cuts without marbelization are more prone to becoming dry.
  • Wine: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the best wine choices for this. Pinot Grigio may also be used. Chicken broth can be used if you don’t cook with wine.
  • Chicken Bouillon: It may seem counterintuitive to use chicken bouillon in this gravy, but it adds a nice contrast with the beef broth as well as depth of flavor.
  • A few drops of Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet can add a slightly darker color to this meal if preferred, but it's not necessary!
  • When cutting your steak, slice against the grain for authentic steakhouse presentation. This also breaks up the muscle fibers instead of keeping them intact, which makes the steak more tender.

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Leftovers freeze/reheat fairly well, although the steak isn't as tender upon reheating.

The nutritional information is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 1498mg, Potassium: 952mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 351IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 5mg
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2 comments on “Steak with Gravy”

  1. I had a couple of ribeye steaks in the freezer so I thawed them out as soon as I saw this recipe posted. When I got home from work, I took the steaks out of the fridge for 20 minutes as you suggested. I’ve never done that before but I think it really did make a difference in cooking–great tip! Over-all this recipe did not take nearly the amount of time I thought it would and it was absolutely delicious! My husband just LOVED the gravy and kept going back for more until we ran out of potatoes. I used Sauvignon Blanc for the wine reduction and the flavor with the spices was crave-worthy! I’m definitely going to make this often because it is Sunday-caliber meal we can eat any day of the week. Thank you so much!

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