steak w/ red wine-shallot reduction sauce

happy belated easter!

soo kevin loves loves loooooves sauces with his food. i’m not as crazy about sauces, but i’ve grown to enjoy them more and more since being married. back when we were doing a food tasting for our wedding reception, we tried an amazing tri-tip, marinated in cabernet sauvignon and served with a cabernet port demi-glace. it was sooo good!

recently i was looking at all the red wine we have in our closet and remembered that delicious steak! i found an easy recipe online for a red wine reduction sauce and decided to try it.

Ribeye Steak in Red Wine Sauce


  • 1 1/2 lb Top sirloin steak (~1 in. thick)
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup red wine (we used an Argentinian Malbec)
  • 5-6 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cubed


1) Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Pat the steak dry and season generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
2) When ready to cook, heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat with some olive oil. Place the steak, standing up on the strip of fat, in the pan and hold it with tongs until the fat renders, about 2 minutes.
3) Place the steak flat in the pan and sear until deep brown on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for 3 to 4 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Reserve the drippings in the skillet.
4) Add the shallot to the drippings and cook over medium heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half and slightly syrupy, about 7 minutes; remove from the heat.
5) Whisk in the butter, one piece at a time, to make a glossy sauce. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper or season to taste. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with the sauce.

we like our steak medium rare, and a little more on the rare side, so we cooked our steak for 4 min on one side and 3 on the other side. it was PERFECT! amazing sear on the outside, warm red color on the inside…sooo SOOO good! and the sauce was delicious!! i helped myself to a glass of the malbec to pair with the steak. so simple yet soo good!

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