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Rib-Eye Steaks with Piquillo Pepper Sauce

Rib-Eye Steaks with Piquillo Pepper Sauce

This pan-grilled steak recipe works with any tender cut of boneless steak, such as New York strip, tri-tip or top round filet, as long as the thickness is between 1 and 1 1/2 inches. Look for sweet-tangy jarred piquillo peppers for the scrumptious sauce in well-stocked grocery stores or use pimiento peppers as a substitute.


4 servings

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes



  • 2boneless rib-eye steaks
  • 1inches thick (about 1 1/4 pounds total) trimmed
  • 1teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1medium shallot thinly sliced
  • 2small cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2teaspoons chopped rinsed capers
  • 1/2anchovy, finely chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2cup chopped piquillo or pimiento peppers
  • 1/2teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. To season steaks: Brush steaks with 1 teaspoon oil. Combine paprika, brown sugar, salt and pepper and sprinkle all over the steaks. Set aside at room temperature for 40 minutes. (Or wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Before cooking, unwrap and let rest at room temperature for 40 minutes.)
  2. To prepare sauce: Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, capers and anchovy; cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot and garlic are soft but not colored, about 2 minutes. Add oregano and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in peppers, mustard and Worcestershire until well blended. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Let simmer for up to 20 minutes while you cook the steaks.
  3. To cook steaks: Turn on exhaust fan. Heat a heavy cast-iron pan, large enough to hold both steaks without touching, over medium-high heat until very hot. Add both steaks and sear on one side for 3 minutes, checking to make sure the surface is browning nicely but not burning; reduce heat as needed. Turn and sear the other side for 4 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, turning once or twice more, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 125° to 130°F for medium-rare, 1 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the steaks to a clean cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Cut the steaks across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with the sauce.


Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 2) for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 239kcal
Carbohydrate Total 4g
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 1g
Fiber 0g
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 3g
Mono Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 453mg
Protein 24g
Potassium 352mg
Calcium 27mg
Chromium 2mcg
Folate 10mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin B12 1mcg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 4mg
Vitamin B3 7mg