Keto Pan Seared Steak & Au Jus

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Our cast iron pan seared steak with super easy homemade Au Jus is going to a regular on your dinner menu. The hot, buttered cast iron pan gives the steak a charred outside full of flavor and locking in juices. Our Au Jus takes it over the top. The best part is that this keto approved steak is perfect for any low carber or NON keto eater! 

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Pan Seared Steak & Au Jus

Oh MY  Word.  There is NOTHING like the perfect cut of meat cooked to absolute perfection. Now, I am not saying this meat was cooked to perfection (it turned out a little overdone for my taste, times vary per steak due to size), but it sure was close.  If it wasn't for the Au Jus it would not have been enjoyed as much as it was.  

The Cast Iron Seared Steak

A literal thing of beauty. A kitchen tool that can make you feel like your wagon train just stopped for dinner and you are tending to an open fire. Yep. That's cowboy stuff right there.  But really, the cast iron pan gives meat such an amazing sear. The sear serves a purpose other than flavor- retaining juices. Browning up the outside quickly on all sides will give you super juicy meat! 

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What is Au Jus?

Au jus is a sauce commonly served with meat. Known for the being the side to a french dip sandwich. The term Au Jus is French, meaning "with juice". It refers to a thin pan gravy almost broth like made from the juices given off by the pan seared meat as it is cooked. It is an easy and natural way to enhance the flavors of any meat cooked. Most popular with red meat like this pan seared steak. 

This recipe is low carb, to make it keto simply omit or reduce the wine. You can use a red wine vinegar to get the slightly tart taste the wine gives,  use ¼ cup and reduce down fully. Pan fried steak is a really tasty option for enjoying steak any night of the week. 

What Is The Best Steak To Pan Fry 

If you are wondering what is steak is best to pan fry, let me share the top cuts of steak I would recommend. You have to be aware that cheaper cuts of steak will offer a tougher texture, so quality is key in a tender and buttery steak. 

  • Ribeye Steak
  • Sirloin Steak
  • KC Strip Steak
  • Porterhouse Steak
  • Filet Steak

How to Make Cast Iron Seared Steak and Au Jus

Serves 6

Ingredients for Cast Iron Seared Steak with Au Jus:

  • 3 lbs. Thick cut Ribeye steak (or your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • ½ c. Red cooking wine
  • 1 c. Beef broth
  • ¼ c. Heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions for Cast Iron Seared Steak and Au Jus:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Apply seasonings, salt, and pepper to taste to both sides of your ribeye steaks.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, cook the pan seared steak for 3-4 min on each side. NOTE* TIME MAY VARY depending on the size of your steak. Use the touch method or thermometer to reach your desired temp. 
  4. Do not move the steak around. Sear the sides all of the way around the edge of the steak as well to render the fat.
  5. Remove the steak from the skillet, wrap in foil to rest. 
  6. Add chopped onion to the pan juices. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions begin to soften and brown.
  7. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and stir, cooking for an additional minute. Add a shake of Italian Seasoning or Thyme. 
  8. Pour in ½ cup of red cooking wine, and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Cook the wine down until it is reduced by at least half. Approximately 5 minutes of bubbling. 
  9. Mix in broth. Continue to cook it down until it begins to thicken.
  10. Add in ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Stir and cook the pan gravy down until it has reached your desired consistency.
  11. Slice the cast iron pan seared steak, and plate it served with a bed of greens and smothered in the pan gravy.

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How Long Does It Take To Cook Steak On Cast Iron?

Depending on the size of our steak and the type of doneness you are looking for will depend on how long it takes your steak to cook up. You could be done anywhere from a minute to a handful of minutes. It all depends on how hot the skillet is, the thickness of the steak and if you want it more done. If so it will take a bit longer, vs eating it medium rare. Create that perfect steak that fits your liking. 

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How To Store Leftover Steak and Au Jus 

Simply store any leftover steak you have in the fridge for up to three days. Anything after use your best judgment as to tossing it out. You don't want to eat steak that has gone bad. 

What To Serve With Steak and Au Jus

Steak recipes like this are versatile! You can pair it with almost any of your favorite sides. Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, baked beans, cauliflower rice, serve with fresh dinner rolls or cloud bread, side of roasted veggies, green salad, etc. This recipe is incredibly versatile and depending on your diet, you can pair with any of your favorite sides. 

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What If I Don't Have A Cast Iron Skillet for Steak 

If you don't have a cast iron skillet to cook steak, you can use a carbon steel which is a lighter version of a cast iron. If you use a non-stick pan, make sure there is a bit of oil in the pan and heat it until it lightly begins to smoke before placing your steak in the pan. It will give you a similar turnout compared to your cast iron skillet. High heat is the trick for getting a cast iron pan seared steak like sear in a non cast iron pan. 

How Do You Properly Season A Steak 

I prefer to apply my seasoning to my steak and allow it to sit for a handful of minutes before I cook. I dry rub it on and pack it onto the outside of the steak on all sides. I also make sure to coat the edges so every inch of the steak offers that vibrant flavor. 

Give this perfect pan seared steak recipe a try, and see how you like it. I know my family really enjoys it, and we can enjoy restaurant quality steaks any time of the year. 

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Is this Keto Approved Steak?

Yes!  This steak is naturally keto approved steak without anything special or any changes.  Steak is a protein that is low in carbs naturally.  Using the butter or oil to sear the steak adds fat to help balance out the protein macros. Add a green vegetable on the side and you have the perfect keto meal! Simply omit or reduce the wine

Yield: 6 people

Cast Iron Pan Seared Steak & Au Jus

cast iron pan seared

Buttery, charred, juicy steak served with a simple Au Jus, or pan gravy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. Thick cut Ribeye steak, or your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 c up Onion chopped
  • ½ c. Red cooking wine- OMIT if KETO
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 c. Beef broth
  • ¼ c. Heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Apply seasonings, salt and pepper to taste to both sides of your ribeye steaks.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, place the steak into it and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. NOTE* TIME MAY VARY depending the size of your steak. Use the touch method or thermometer to reach your desired temp.
  4. Do not move the steak around. Sear the sides all of the way around the edge of the steak as well to render the fat.
  5. Remove the steak from the skillet, wrap in foil to rest.
  6. Add chopped onion to the pan juices. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions begin to soften and brown.
  7. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and stir, cooking for an additional minute. Add a shake of Italian Seasoning or Thyme.
  8. Pour in ½ cup of red cooking wine, and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Cook the wine down until it is reduced by at least half. Approximately 5 minutes of bubbling.
  9. Mix in broth. Continue to cook it down until it begins to thicken.
  10. Add in ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Stir and cook the pan gravy down until it has reached your desired consistency.
  11. Slice the ribeye steak, and plate it served with a bed of greens and smothered in the pan gravy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350

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