Here’s a truth. I rarely buy expensive steak. Unless the grocery store runs one of their awesome 2 for $11 filet deals, I’m sticking with my beef chuck eye steak. At less than $5 per pound, you can’t beat them. Cooking or grilling chuck eye steaks at home means steak dinner on a budget! I’ll show you how to cook chuck eye steaks so they taste like rib eyes in this EASY beef chuck eye steak recipe.
Plus, beef chuck eye steak is usually smaller than ribeye, so one per person is the perfect size.
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Now, with a little TLC these cheap cuts of steak are amazingly tasty. They are often toted as the “poor man’s rib eye.“ And that’s definitely a compliment to the beef chuck eye steak.
What Is Chuck Eye Steak?
Chuck eye steak is a smaller steak that is similar to ribeye, but much more affordable. Here’s the difference…
Is Beef Chuck Eye Steak The Same As Ribeye?
No, chuck eye steak and ribeye steak are not the same, but they are close. Rib eyes are from the 6th to the 12th rib of the cow and the chuck eye is from the 5th rib. Because they are located so close to each other, they do have some of the same flavor and tenderness as the ribeye.
Chuck eye steak is also not the same as chuck steak (again, different parts of the cow), but they are right next to each other. Once you try this beef chuck eye steak recipe, you’ll see that it’s way more tender than a regular chuck steak!
I practically jump for joy when chuck eye steak is in stock, since there’s only two chuck eye steaks per cow. I usually buy all they have and freeze what I don’t use.
Are Chuck Steaks Any Good?
Yes! Chuck eye steak is really good. I love it! And I’ll show you just how to cook chuck eye steak so that it turns out delicious and tender.
How To Cook Chuck Eye Steak On A Grill or Stove Top
Lets talk for a second about how to get the BEST flavor out of these tender cuts of meat.
First, you need to season it really well. Don’t be afraid of the salt and pepper. You want to be able to see a thick coat of seasoning on each side.
I usually season mine and place them in the refrigerator for one to two hours uncovered. This forms a nice crust on the steak.
Alternatively, you can marinate your chuck eye steaks with balsamic steak marinade.
Second, you can either grill them on the grill OR in a grill pan on the stove. I personally always choose the grill whenever possible. Brush the grates with a bit of coconut oil or avocado oil before placing the steak down so they don’t stick.
Third, you’ll also want to make a quick herb butter to top the grilled chuck steak with. I usually do this right when I season the steaks, so the butter can have a few hours to develop its flavors as well.
(I gladly use grass-fed butter and consider these paleo. However, if you’d like, you can either skip the compound butter or use ghee instead.)
You can really do whatever you want here. I just use what I have on hand. Parsley, cilantro, chives, rosemary, chiles, garlic, and different seasonings all work well.
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TIP: Use about 1 tablespoon of herbs per 2 tablespoons of butter and then whatever other seasonings you want.
Tailor the combo to the other items you’re making. Check out this article 5 Compound Butter Recipes for more inspiration! You can also try garlic herb butter or this garlic herb steak butter. I’ll give you a quick recipe for a chili herb butter at the end of this post!
That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to cook chuck steak on the grill or stove top, you’ll never need to buy expensive steaks again!
Grilling Chuck Eye Steaks: How Long To Cook Chuck Steak On The Grill?
The cooking time for chuck steak will vary based on the size and thickness and how done you like them!
A medium rare chuck steak will take about 5 minutes per side, but I prefer using a meat thermometer so that I know exactly when it’s done.
Chuck Eye Steak Nutrition
A 6 oz chuck eye steak has:
- 470 calories
- 34 grams of fat
- 42 grams of protein
- 0 grams of carbohydrates, sugars, fiber
What To Serve With This Beef Chuck Eye Steak Recipe
Need some easy side dish ideas to pair with your beef chuck eye steak? Try these:
- Crispy sweet potato fries
- Spicy Asian green beans
- Crispy roasted radishes
Have you used these tips to make your Chuck Eye steak recipe taste like Rib Eyes? Leave a comment below!