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Steal Bobby Flay's Top Steak-Cooking Secret

Here's the best way to make a great rib-eye even greater.

If you're cooking a steak at home, here's a very simple checklist you'd be wise to follow: 1) Marinate your meat overnight beforehand, 2) always season it with salt and pepper, 3) leave it standing at room temperature (totally uncovered) for exactly one hour before cooking, and 4) cook it not on your backyard grill but on your stove before finishing it off in the oven. (Trust us: For more on that technique, see How to Cook a Steak at Home Like a Pro.)

But let's assume you've got your red meat down to a science, and you're looking to make your great rib-eye even greater. What else can you be doing?

Well, for that we turned to none other than world-class chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay. If you want to truly elevate your steak, he recommends trying this smoky, savory rub and his own Sherry Vinegar Steak Sauce. "I love this recipe because I love the flavors of Spain," he says. "It's one of my favorite countries in the world." Now, here's how to do it:

Bobby Flay's Steak Rub Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Spanish paprika
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. ground fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 boneless rib eyes, New York strip steaks, or filets mignons (12 ounces each)


Whisk together first six ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Brush steaks on both sides with oil; season liberally with salt and pepper. Rub one side of each steak with 1 Tbsp. spice mixture. Grill steaks, rub side down, until golden brown (3 to 4 minutes). Turn steaks over and grill for 5 to 6 minutes for medium rare.

Bobby Flay's Sherry Vinegar Steak Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 red bell peppers, grilled, peeled, seeded, and chopped (or 6 piquillo peppers, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup aged sherry vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to pour, add a few tablespoons of water. This sauce can be made one day in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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