Easy Steak Recipe

In some parts of the world steaks are rare, but if you can find one well done! because today we will learn how to prepare a juicy steak for only $4. Welcome to another edition of cooking with Liquid. 🙂

For this recipe I’m using a 9.5 oz inside round steak which costs $3.57 from MarketPlace IGA, a local grocery chain. I find round cuts are good value for steaks at roughly $13/kg, and can be found in most supermarkets. I’m also using carrots and green beans because they are cheap and abundant across Canada and the U.S. A bundle of 10 carrots is $1.79 in Vancouver. That works out to only 18 cents each! Green beans cost $1.78 for a large handful and are a good source of potassium and dietary fibre.

Note: This post contains images of meat. I hope I didn’t offend any vegetarian readers. Feel free to stop reading here if you want, but doing so could be a missed steak. 😀

Easy Steak Recipe


  • 1 steak, any size you want (9.5 ounce pictured below)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • vegetables of your choice
  • salt and pepper, or seasoning of your choice


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Then season the veggies and steak, and place them into the pan
  2. After cooking for 3 minutes on one side, turn over the steak and veggies and cook for another 3 minutes
  3. Remove steak from the pan and let it rest on a plate for 2 minutes while the veggies finish cooking


Eh Voila! 😀 A succulent steak dish cooked to medium-rare in less than 10 minutes. Bon appétit! It’s an easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy people who are looking for a frugal, yet somewhat fancy meal.


Below is the receipt of the ingredients I bought and used for this recipe.


A steak dish of equivalent size at a restaurant would probably cost $32 including tax and tips, but making it at home only costs about $4. Big difference, eh? 😯 I only treat myself to steak once in awhile, but when I do I like to cook it myself because of the huge savings. 😀 Increase the portion in this recipe and this quick and easy dinner idea can satisfy 2 people. 🙂

Extra cooking tips:

  • Remove raw steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking so the inside won’t be stone cold and will cook more evenly
  • I use Montreal Steak rub for seasoning. Rubs last a lot longer than marinade or sauces.
  • General time guide: 2.5 minutes on each side for rare. 3 minutes for medium rare, 4 minutes for medium-well done.
  • Add butter and garlic 2 minutes before removing the steak from the pan for an extra kick of flavour. 🙂
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02/12/2015 5:37 am

I prefer medium for my steaks and I marinate overnight with whatever is in my fridge because I buy the cheapest cuts. I would like a potato or piece of bread with it to make the meal feel complete.

02/13/2015 12:39 am

Mmm… Looks good. Now I want a steak…

02/13/2015 1:28 pm

Looks delicious. I find Montreal steak rub way too salty for me. I generally just use salt and pepper.

02/15/2015 1:33 pm
Reply to  Tawcan

Yeah, salt and peper is good enough for me, as the flavor from the steak is good enough, especially I’m going to even out the flavor with the sweetness from the carrot.

02/13/2015 10:44 pm

I hardly cook steak cuz I never get it right! Looks like a good meal! I might go to Keg… I think I collected enough dividends to make a night out of it.

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02/14/2015 6:56 am

Mmm. Steak… Although I do hope that wasn’t Alberta steak you got. O_O;; Cause… yknow… The whole Mad Cow disease in the news yesterday. O_O;;

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