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17 Best Healthy Steak Recipes

You'll be a meat master in no time when you learn these creative ways to cook steak.

If you're a meat-eater, every now and then, you might just crave a steak dinner. And while going to a restaurant might be your first thought, you can cook up a delicious steak right in your own kitchen—one that won't be unnecessarily high in calories or unnecessarily expensive. Taking on the challenge of making the perfect steak can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be when you have the right healthy steak recipes. You don't have to fire up the grill outside, either. In fact, you just need a pan and your stove in order to cook up a mouthwatering meal.

We have plenty of steak recipes you can choose from that offer tons of flavor and won't hurt your waistline. And when we tell you these recipes are easy, believe us! Soon enough, you'll be a master steak-cooking chef in no time—without having to wait for a table at a restaurant.

Check out our healthy steak recipes you can easily cook up at home—no steakhouse reservation needed. And for more must-know tricks, here are 25 Tips for Grilling the Perfect Steak.


Classic Steak Frites

Paleo steak frites with compound butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 460 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 660 mg sodium

If you're in the mood for a classic French meal, look no further than steak frites. It's essentially a meat and potatoes dish, but this French version is covered in an herb-spiked butter sauce that you will no doubt be thinking about for days after you have devoured it. Yes, it's that good, and it's a classic meal for a reason.

Get our recipe for Classic Steak Frites.


Mouthwatering Steak Nachos

Steak nachos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 360 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 610 mg sodium

No one can resist the allure of the beloved nacho, but if you order this from any restaurant as an appetizer, you'll most likely be indulging in more than 1,500 calories worth of soggy chips. This recipe uses a spicy cheese sauce and plenty of salsa, beans, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño pepper to really spice up the steak and deliver a high-flavor, low-calorie plate of perfection.

Get our recipe for Mouthwatering Steak Nachos.

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Lighter Carne Asada Burrito

Low-calorie carne asada burritos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 420 calories, 20 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 660 mg sodium

Most burritos tend to be overly stuffed, and while sometimes there really is nothing better than biting into a tortilla that is bursting with meat, cheese, and guacamole, you'll quickly recognize the way-too-full feeling you have right after you're done eating isn't always worth it. Our version of the carne asada burrito is much more modest in size, focusing on the main ingredients: chunks of marinated skirt steak, guac, black beans, and cheese. It's simple, straightforward, and still just as delicious as the one you'd get at a fast-food burrito place.

Get our recipe for Lighter Carne Asada Burrito.


Low-Calorie Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Low-calorie cheesesteak sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 sandwich: 400 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 730 mg sodium

A traditional Philly cheesesteak seems to always be overly greasy beef, fried onions, an oil-soaked hoagie roll, and, of course, Cheez Whiz. There is nothing healthy for you in that lineup, so we put a good-for-you twist on the classic sandwich, upgrading the ingredients to a lean flank steak, a whole-wheat roll, and a yogurt-based blue cheese sauce. Yum!

Get our recipe for a Low-Calorie Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.


Philly Cheesesteak with Caramelized Veggies

Healthy philly cheesesteak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 sandwich: 540 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 790 mg sodium

Yes, we're aware this is another take on the Philly cheesesteak! This version combines a tender skirt steak, provolone cheese, and a medley of caramelized vegetables, including mushrooms and green bell pepper.

Get our recipe for a Philly Cheesesteak with Caramelized Veggies.


Easy Grilled Steak with Red Wine Butter

grilled steak topped with red wine butter next to steak fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 390 calories, 26 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 710 mg sodium

The easiest and quickest way to ruin a solid steak is with a sauce that is just too heavy for the dish. The next thing you know, you're consuming a day's worth of saturated fat in the process in just one meal. This recipe proves you can still enjoy a grilled steak slathered in spiked butter for hundreds of calories less than you would find if you ordered this out at a restaurant.

Get our recipe for an Easy Grilled Steak with Red Wine Butter.


Steak in a Red Wine Pan Sauce

Low-calorie steals with red wine sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 380 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 410 mg sodium

Cooking a steak indoors is actually much easier than throwing it on an outdoor grill. You're more in control of the temperature of the stovetop, and cooking the meat in a pan easily helps you make a base for a sauce to pour over the steak. It's a simple technique that results in a truly flavorful piece of steak.

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Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

steak chimichurri recipe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 440 calories, 31 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 570 mg sodium

For this steak, we took inspiration from the Argentines. They are experts when it comes to cooking up some tasty beef, as they often enjoy chimichurri—a bright, herbal sauce—on their steak. It's hands-down one of the most delicious (and healthy!) condiments on the planet, so we had to add it to this flank steak dish. Serve the meat with grilled scallions, pinto beans, and warm corn tortillas as a swap for fajitas.

Get our recipe for a Grilled Flank Steak With Chimichurri.


Flavor-Packed Bloody Mary Skirt Steak

Healthy bloody mary skirt steak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 270 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 450 mg sodium

We're letting you in on a little secret: a Bloody Mary actually makes for an amazing marinade. The mix of sweet and salty from the tomato juice, the heat from the horseradish and Tabasco, and the acid from the lemon all come together to transform a piece of beef. Go ahead and serve the meat with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes for a simple, yet satisfying dinner.

Get our recipe for a Flavor-Packed Bloody Mary Skirt Steak.


Coffee-Rubbed Steak

Paleo coffee-rubbed steak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 270 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 600 mg sodium

You might not think to combine beef and coffee. But prepare for your steak to take on a whole new life with this coffee rub. What really makes or breaks this dish though is if you don't let the steak rest. If you cut into it too early, all the still-hot juices will bleed out instead of being reabsorbed by the meat. This one takes a little bit of patience, but the flavors you will treat your tastebuds to will be worth it.

Get our recipe for a Coffee-Rubbed Steak.


Open-Face Steak Sandwich on Garlic Toast

Healthy steak sandwich open-face on garlic toast
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 365 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 510 mg sodium

The upside to an open-face sandwich is that by ditching half the bread, you end up saving yourself 100 empty calories. To really add another layer to this sandwich though, we rub the base with cut garlic cloves, giving you the impression you're enjoying this steak on a slice of garlic bread.

Get our recipe for an Open-Face Steak Sandwich on Garlic Toast.


Tender Steak with a Blue Cheese Crust

Paleo steak with blue cheese crust
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 330 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 600 mg sodium

If blue cheese and steak aren't one of your favorite flavor combinations, it soon will be after you make this recipe. We mix the blue cheese with breadcrumbs and herbs, which creates a crunchy, melty crust on top of the steak. If you're feeling fancy, tenderloin—or filet mignon—is the beef cut that works the best, but sirloin steak is just fine, too.

Get our recipe for a Tender Steak with a Blue Cheese Crust.


Grilled Mexican Steak Salad

Healthy grilled mexican steak salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 340 calories, 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 460 mg sodium

Typically, a Mexican-style restaurant salad ends up falling victim to the fast-food treatment. It loses any and all nutritional value, making the salad anything but good for you. In this recipe, we chose a leaner cut of meat and paired it with tons of fresh, complex flavors to create a filling, healthy salad.

Get our recipe for a Grilled Mexican Steak Salad.


Healthy Poor Man's Steak With Garlic Gravy

Healthy poor man's steak with garlicky gravy 
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 220 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 470 mg sodium

Now, this is one "steak" recipe that's simple, healthy, and affordable, so we just had to include it in our roundup. Just take lean ground sirloin and form it into steaks, and then cover it with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and a finger-lickin' good soy-spiked sauce. Serve this dish over a bed of mashed potatoes and alongside some garlic-lemon spinach or some sautéed kale for a well-balanced meal. It might not be traditional steak, but it proves you can use a cheaper cut of beef and still have a five-star meal at home.

Get our recipe for a Healthy Poor Man's Steak With Garlic Gravy.


Steak and Eggs with Chimichurri

Paleo steak & eggs with chimichurri
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
Per 1 serving: 400 calories, 23 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 660 mg sodium

If you've never added chimichurri sauce to your steak, you're missing out. Using a grill pan or a cast-iron skillet takes this recipe to the next level.

Get our recipe for Steak and Eggs with Chimichurri.


Instant Pot Steak Fajitas

cooked steak fajitas inside an Instant Pot
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If you haven't yet used your Instant Pot to make steak, this is a great recipe to start with. The appliance's sauté setting is perfect for making a tender steak.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Steak Fajitas.


Steak Tacos

Steak tacos with toppings on a plate.
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Ground beef and fish aren't the only options when it comes to taco fillings. Steak tacos are an underrated and delicious way to add red meat to your diet.

Get our recipe for Steak Tacos.

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