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Horizontal image of a white plate with a seared large cut of beef topped with a dollop of herb butter next to potato wedges next to a glass of wine.

Steak Frites

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


It’s easy to transport yourself to a Parisian cafe when you whip up this recipe for steak frites. The herb compound butter makes it even better.



For the Compound Butter:

  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

For the Fries:

  • 6 medium-sized Russet potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

For the Steak:

  • 4 8-ounce steaks (ribeye or NY strip)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


To Prepare the Compound Butter:

  1. Place butter, herbs, and garlic in a small bowl. Using a fork, cut the herbs and the garlic into the butter to mix together all ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. 

To Prepare the Fries:

  1. Slice potatoes into thin strips, or thicker wedges if you prefer something more like steak fries. It’s best if they are all similar in size so they will cook evenly.
  2. Place into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 475˚F and spray a heavy baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 3 tablespoons vegetable oil onto the baking sheet and distribute evenly to cover the surface entirely. Set aside.
  4. After the potatoes have soaked, drain thoroughly and rinse to remove excess starch, using a colander. Place potatoes onto paper towels and pat dry. Wipe out the bowl with a towel and return potatoes to the bowl.
  5. Add remaining vegetable oil, salt, and pepper to potatoes and toss to coat. Spread potatoes out on the greased baking sheet in a single layer. Cover with aluminum foil and place on the lowest oven rack to bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and continue baking for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn the potatoes over with a metal spatula and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes, or until crispy. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

To Prepare the Steak:

  1. Brush each side of the steaks with olive oil, using about 2 tablespoons total. Sprinkle each side evenly with salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large, heavy skillet with a fitted lid over medium heat until shimmering. Place steaks in the skillet, working in batches if necessary. Cook for 4 minutes or until browned on one side, then turn the steaks over and cover with a lid. Cook 3-4 more minutes, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve each steak with 1 tablespoon of herb butter on top. Pile fries onto plates alongside the steak and serve.
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Stovetop, Baking
  • Cuisine: French Fries

Keywords: steak frites, French fries