The eye of round steak also known as eye steak is one of the leanest cut of meat. It is flavorsome but can turn tough and chewy if not cooked properly. In this article we are going to learn how to cook an eye of round steak in oven.
Can anyone resist a piece of steak that is cooked to perfection and served with a generous serving of creamy mashed potatoes and a vibrant and flavorsome sauce? There are many different cuts of steak and while some cuts are tender and full of flavor, others are less so. Still, the less tender beef steaks can give you excellent flavor and texture if you cook it the right way. Eye of round steak is cut out from the hind quarters of the beef and it can be a bit tough.
But whatever it lacks in tenderness, it makes up for in flavor. This particular steak is excellent for cooking by the dry roast method in an oven. You can also cook it by braising it in its own liquid, but dry roasting the meat by first marinating it, gives it a better flavor and makes it more juicy. To keep the meat from becoming too chewy and dry, it is best that you roast it in an oven until it is medium rare. Here is a guide to cooking eye of round steak in the oven.
Best Eye of Round Steak Recipe
Given below are two delicious eye of round roast recipes. The number of ingredients required for making both these dishes is relatively less and it requires less preparation time too. Take a look.
Eye of Round Steak with Horseradish Sauce
- 2 pounds eye of round steak
- 6 small onions, peeled and halved
- ¼ cup grated horseradish
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
- Sea salt, to taste
To cook this eye of round steak, first tie the steak with kitchen twine. Preheat the oven to 375° C. Place the beef steak on your cutting board and season generously with sea salt and pepper. Make sure that you season the steak on all sides thoroughly. Add a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and sear the beef gently on all sides.
Searing the beef before cooking it in the oven, will give the beef a nice brown color and also make it more flavorsome. Remove steak from the skillet and toss the onion haves on the skillet. Give it a good stir and cook them for a few minutes until they are caramelized and tender.
In a roasting tray, place the onions and the steak and add the remaining oil. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes and inert a meat thermometer into the meat. If the meat thermometer registers 140 degrees than your meat is done. Transfer the meat into the chopping board and the onions into a bowl. Let the meat stand for 8 – 10 minutes.
In the meantime, combine the sour cream with grated horseradish, lemon juice and salt to make a horseradish sauce. Carve the meat into thin slices, arrange on platter and serve with a spoonful of horseradish sauce and roasted onions.
Marinated Eye of Round Steak with Creamy Sauce
- 1 pound eye of round steak
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons vodka
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup beef stock
- 2 ½ tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
In a zip lock bag, add vodka, crushed garlic, chopped parsley and thyme along with sea salt, olive oil and crushed peppercorn. Place the eye of round steak inside the zip lock bag and shake the bag well so that meat is evenly coated with the marinade. Place the bag inside the freezer to marinate overnight. This allows the marinade to tenderize the meat and the flavor of the meat also intensifies.
Preheat oven to 375° C. Remove the marinated steak from the bag and place it on a roasting tray. Reserve the marinade for the sauce. Roast meat for 30-35 minutes until the steak is cooked through but still tender inside. Remove steak from oven, wrap it in aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 10-12 minutes.
In the meantime, strain the marinade and add beef stock to the strained marinade. Pour the marinade in a large pan and reduce to half. Check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required. Thicken sauce by whisking in butter cubes. When the sauce is of the right consistency, remove from heat and pour into a gravy boat. Carve the steak into thin slices and arrange on a platter. Drizzle sauce over the steak slices and serve.
These were two great recipes for cooking eye of round steak in the oven. When slicing eye of round steak, make sure that you slice it across the grain. Also make sure that you do not overcook the meat, or it will turn chewy and leathery. Now that you know the method of cooking an eye of round steak in oven, you can create an excellent steak dinner for your family.