Sous Vide Steak

sous vide steak

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 65 mins
Total: 67 mins
Serving: 1 to 2
Yield: 1 steak

There’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked steak, and a sous vide machine will help you achieve this—with no guessing, checking, or watching the clock. The steak is placed inside of a bag and cooked in a pot of warm, circulating water. The temperature of the water is controlled precisely with the sous vide machine so the meat cooks evenly, and it’s almost impossible to overcook. Plus the bag holds herbs, garlic, and butter, so the steak is marinated, cooked, and seasoned at the same time. Once the meat is done, you simply sear it quickly in a pan for color and texture, and then you’re ready to eat a juicy, perfectly cooked steak. Serve with your favorite steakhouse sides like creamed spinach, au gratin potatoes, or even french fries.


  • 1 (1-pound) New York strip steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided), plus more for serving if desired
  • 2 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    sous vide steak ingredients
  2. Tenderize the steak slightly with a mallet. Season with salt and pepper.

    Place the steak in a plastic freezer bag. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, the sliced garlic, and sprigs of thyme. Seal the bag almost completely.

    steak in a bag with seasonings
  3. Place the sous vide wand in a large pot of warm water and set it to 129 F for a medium-rare steak. While holding the top of the bag, carefully place it in the water, keeping the zip-top above the water level. Allow the pressure of the water to push out the remaining air from the bag and then seal the bag completely. Lower the sealed bag into the water and once the temperature reaches 129 F, set the timer for 1 hour. You can leave the bag in the water for up to 3 hours. Any longer than that and the texture of the meat will begin to change.

    steak in a sous vide machine
  4. Take the bag out of the water. Remove the steak from the bag and pat it dry.

    sous vide steak
  5. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet over high heat. Add the steak to the pan and sear for 1 minute on each side, without moving, to achieve a nice sear.

    steak seared in a pna
  6. Serve the steak with more butter if desired and your favorite sides.

    sous vide steak

Recipe Tips

  • If you want the steak cooked medium, then set the temperature to 131 F. If you are looking for it to be more rare, then set to 126 F. 
  • When searing, make sure the pan is hot before you add the steak and keep it on high heat.
  • The steak will cook a little more as it is searing, so don't allow the steak to stay in the pan too long or it will begin to cook past the doneness you prefer.