Steak is one of the tastiest cuts of red meat. Because it's high in protein, a serving provides quite a few essential vitamins and minerals. However, because steak is also high in saturated fat, most nutritionists recommend eating it no more than once or twice weekly.
Even so, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this tasty cut of meat on the ketogenic diet. In fact, with a bit of creativity, you can even find ways to make steak recipes that are both keto-friendly and delicious!
Steak and eggs
If you're looking for a simple yet delicious steak recipe, there's no better place to start than steak and eggs. This classic American dish is suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It also works equally well with any steak. Ideally, it would help if you cooked your steak from medium-rare to medium.
- To make steak and eggs, start by frying two eggs in a pan over medium heat.
- Once the eggs have begun to cook, add steaks to the pan, cooking them until they reach the desired doneness.
- Ideally, you'll want to keep the steak on the rare side to reduce the amount of saturated fat in the recipe
Tex-Mex food, like fajitas, is a favorite among keto dieters. They're easy to make and can be customized to fit just about any palate.
To make keto fajitas, you'll need a large skillet and a few other essential kitchen items. You'll also want to use a variety of fresh produce, like bell peppers, onions, and cilantro.
- Begin by searing the steak in the skillet over high heat.
- Once the steak has been browned, please remove it from the pan, placing it on a plate for later.
- Reduce the heat to medium, adding bell peppers and onions to the skillet.
- Sauté the vegetables until they are soft and caramelized, adding in cilantro towards the end.
- Return the steak to the skillet, also adding in any other desired vegetables, like corn, mushrooms, or scallions.
Keto shabu shabu
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese-inspired dish consisting of thinly sliced meat (or fish), vegetables, mushrooms, and other ingredients cooked in broth. It's often served with rice noodles. As a keto-friendly dish, shabu can be made with less refined ingredients, like whole wheat noodles and grass-fed beef.
To make shabu:
Begin by boiling a large pot of water.
Once the water is boiling, add noodles to the bank.
Boil the noodles until they are soft but not mushy.
- Drain the noodles, and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Baked steak with cauliflower mash
If you're looking for a steak recipe that's a little out of the ordinary, you might want to try baking a steak in the oven. Baking a steak allows you to cook a high-quality cut of meat to perfection without adding oil to the pan. Just remember that steaks continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven.
- To bake a steak in the oven, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Season the steak with salt and pepper, placing it in a baking pan.
- Bake the steak for about five minutes per side for medium-rare.
- Remove the steak from the oven, and set it aside to rest for five minutes.
- Meanwhile, make a simple cauliflower mash.
Steak Frites with sautéed vegetables
For a tasty steak recipe that's also a healthy meal, try making steak fries with sautéed vegetables. This classic French dish pairs steak with a side of French fries.
While the average steak Frites recipe uses a hefty amount of butter and oil to make the fries, a healthy version can be made with just a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. For the steak, you'll want to choose a high-quality cut of meat, like a sirloin or strip steak.
- Season the steak with salt and pepper, place it in a hot cast iron pan, and cook it to the desired doneness.
- Meanwhile, add a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to a sauté pan, adding chopped vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, and zucchini.
Marinated steak with roasted veggies
You can't go wrong with marinating steak if you're looking for an easy steak recipe. Marinating a steak can take as little as five minutes, but it will taste better if you let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
You'll want to use a low-sugar, keto-friendly sweetener like stevia for the marinade. You can also use honey or maple syrup, but be aware that these are more carb-heavy choices. You can also use keto-friendly grain alcohol, like tequila or vodka.
Steak is a classic dish that can easily be modified to fit the ketogenic diet. Whether you prefer steak and eggs for breakfast, fajitas for lunch, or steak fries for dinner, you can easily make any steak recipe keto-friendly with a few minor adjustments.
Remember, when following a ketogenic diet, you want to focus on eating natural, whole foods that are unprocessed and low in carbohydrates. To make a steak recipe keto-friendly, you'll need to avoid using refined ingredients like sugar and flour and high-carb sauces like soy sauce.