HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
What's your latest food project? Get great advice

Does all steak need sauce?

raisa Nov 18, 2011 09:47 AM

I have got some really nice minute steak. Last night I just browned the steaks on both side and kept the inside rare. I served it with buttery mash and sauteed mushroom. I am going to make the same for some guests. Do I need to make a sauce for the steaks? If I do, then what type of sauce goes well with minute steak?

  1. paulj Nov 18, 2011 09:56 AM

    Are these ones that have flattened and sliced by the butcher? If so, I would be wary of leaving it rare. Like ground beef the interior has been exposed to air and possible contaminants.

    Whether meat needs a sauce depends more on the dinner's preference than on the cut. But well done meat benefits more from a sauce than rare meat.

    1 Reply
    1. re: paulj
      monavano Nov 18, 2011 10:00 AM

      Well done steak needs all the help it can get! When I eat an overdone steak, or really crappy quality steak, I have no problem enjoying A-1 on it.

    2. monavano Nov 18, 2011 09:57 AM

      What cut of steak is it? When you say "minute steak", I think of that horrid frozen Steak-Um product.

      1. TeRReT Nov 18, 2011 09:58 AM

        If you enjoyed it with no sauce then there is no reason it needs sauce for guests. I prefer no sauce with my steak regardless of the cut.

        1. mcf Nov 18, 2011 10:13 AM

          Good steak properly cooked doesn't need a sauce, IMO, and I think sauce detracts from it. Something very lean, like filet mignon benefits from it because the lack of fat means less flavor. I can't choke down well done steak on a dare, with or without sauce, but overdone steak would certainly require it, I'd think, if one were going to eat it anyway.

          1. todao Nov 18, 2011 10:53 AM

            "Minute steak", which is actually only cube steak so named because it's intended to cook very quickly over relatively high heat, actually benefits from a sauce. Try browning them and then finishing them in the oven in a creamy mushroom sauce or thin bechamel.

            1. j
              jaykayen Nov 18, 2011 07:55 PM

              Cream, butter, crushed green peppercorns, brandy.

              1. l
                lulumoolah Nov 18, 2011 08:27 PM

                Actually, I prefer it without sauce, especially if it's a good cut. If you want to offer your guests a choice of sauce, I second the recommendation for the peppercorn sauce. Another suggestion would be chimichurri.

                1. Chinon00 Nov 18, 2011 08:27 PM

                  Chimichurri sauce

                  1. ipsedixit Nov 18, 2011 08:52 PM

                    A steak that *needs* sauce is not steak.

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      darrentran87 Nov 19, 2011 12:21 AM

                      Well freakin' said!

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        raisa Nov 19, 2011 05:08 AM

                        That's what I believe too. But I'm just wary if my guests think otherwise.... you know.

                      2. f
                        FoodPopulist Nov 18, 2011 08:59 PM

                        If I am serving a steak that I plan on eating without a sauce, I am offering any guests Worcestershire sauce out of a bottle. (I like putting W sauce on a lot of things, though. It is one of the key ingredients in my spaghetti sauce.)

                        Show Hidden Posts