Superfast Beef Recipes
Beef dishes, ready in 20 minutes or less
The complex flavor of balsamic vinegar is the perfect match for meaty steak in this dish that's fit for family or special guests. The steaks are briefly seared to perfection and finished with a thick sauce that balances sweet, sour, spicy, and salty.
Not all beef dishes have to be stick-to-your-ribs hearty affairs; this salad is light, even refreshing, with its citrusy dressing and sweet surprise of mandarin oranges. Thin slices of tender steak add just the right amount of body to make this a complete meal. Cold leftovers make for a great brown-bag lunch the next day, too.
Ponzu is a sweet, citrusy Japanese sauce used as a dip for sashimi or to dress grilled meats or fish. Our simple version adds a nice brightness to flavorful broiled flank steak, creating an easy pan sauce you can pour over veggies or rice.
Only the most basic of seasonings―a little salt, pepper, and thyme―go on these skewers, allowing the fresh tastes of the vegetables and the smoky charred flavors from broiling to shine through. We use the oven to cook the kebabs, so you can prepare them year-round, but if the weather's nice, fire up the grill instead.
This buttery steak and flavorful broccoli rabe sauté is special enough for a dinner party, yet fast enough for a weeknight meal.
If you haven't had one of these sandwiches since you were a kid, then you're long overdue for a tasty American classic. Hearty ground beef is simmered with tomato and spices to make a deliciously messy sandwich that everybody can love. This recipe can also serve as a quick chili substitute: Serve bunless with shredded cheese and oyster crackers.
A collision of unexpected flavors elevates this dish to a classic. Sugar and the subtle wood and smoke flavors of bourbon soften coffee's sharp bitterness to make a sauce that matches beef quite well. It's restaurant-level haute cuisine you can whip up in less than 10 minutes.
This Thai-style salad of ground beef, vegetables, and rice noodles is flavored with lime, mint, and soy, then topped with peanuts for crunch. Serving on lettuce leaves makes for a fun, kid-friendly presentation―roll them up and eat with your hands.
Seasoned, skewered, and grilled strips of flank steak are the heart of this dish, but the fantastic peanut dipping sauce deserves attention too. With creamy texture and nutty, spicy, and sweet flavors, it's an ideal complement to grilled beef, chicken, or pork. Try it mixed in with cooked somen or other Asian wheat noodles for an awesome starter or side.
"Steak" and "salad" are words we don't see together often enough, if this dish is any indication. The spice-rubbed sirloin has a crisp crust and juicy interior that brings meaty flavor to a basic salad highlighted by garlicky homemade croutons and tangy ranch.
Shallot is an often overlooked ingredient whose bold flavor heightens that of simple pan sauces. This classic fancy-restaurant dish tops tasty filet mignon with a sauce of shallot, lemon, and Worcestershire, fortified with butter and sherry. It's easy, delicious, and elegant.
Veal may be less popular today than in the past, but its delicate texture and subtly sweet flavor are perfect for this classic Italian preparation. Breaded and pan-fried for a crisp crust, then served with a piquant lemon-caper sauce, these veal cutlets make an easy-to-prepare meal sophisticated.
Lean, thin flank steak is best when cooked briefly at high heat, which makes it a great choice for quick-and-easy recipes like this one. The sweet, spicy, and fresh-tasting tomato topping that cooks in four minutes doesn't hurt either. Start the topping as soon as you take the meat out of the oven; the steak will be perfectly rested and juicy when everything's ready to serve.
Filet mignon and its cousins are the most tender cuts of beef, and don't need much cooking or seasoning to be delicious. A quick broil here gives them a wonderful browned crust and perfectly juicy interior. Pairing with a simple sweet-sour onion concoction elevates the dish to elegant company's-coming fare without requiring any extra time―the marmalade cooks in the same eight minutes as the steaks.
Bold flavors are the name of the game in this recipe. From the pungent spice of Dijon mustard to the assertively sweet tang of port, the ingredients of the sauce are designed to stand up to savory sirloin. The recipe calls for egg noodles to soak up extra sauce, but other short pastas or even rice are good too.
Contrast is the name of the game for these unique burgers, which spice things up with chipotle chiles, then cool things down with a tangy sour-cream slaw. Try different kinds of barbecue sauce to customize the flavor of the burgers, or just make the excellent and simple slaw to serve with another favorite main dish.
Sweet, sour, and fiery hot, this Chinese dish beats takeout by a mile. The cornstarch-thickened sauce soaks into the rice beneath the beef, giving it great flavor as well. Serve with a cooling side to balance the heat, like a simple cucumber salad or bean sprouts.
The fresh and hearty salad that pairs with grilled steak in this recipe is a reminder that meat doesn't always have to be the center of attention. The simply prepared steaks share the spotlight with the garlicky oil-and-vinegar-dressed bean salad to make one complete meal.
This recipe includes lots of ingredients that give Asian recipes their distinct flavors: the sweet spice of hoisin sauce, the intense heat of chili garlic sauce, the toasted nutty taste of dark sesame oil, and the pungent notes of fresh ginger. These ingredients help elevate the stir-fry from good to great without increasing cooking time.
Worcestershire sauce kicks the flavor of this classic Philly sandwich up a notch. Everything cooks in just 11 minutes, but these hearty sandwiches make a filling meal any time. All you need is potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, or chips on the side.
Crack the peppercorns with the back of a heavy skillet or in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder (don't grind too finely). Serve with a side of steamed haricots verts.
Finished with a rosemary, onion, red wine, and mushroom sauce, these seared steaks are an easy entrée that pair well with blue cheese mashed potatoes and broccoli.
Ground lamb would be equally delicious in these fun gyro-inspired tacos. If you can't find the flatbreads we call for, you can use corn tortillas instead.