Fresh herbs complement steaks and other beef dishes.

Add Herbs for Fresh Flavor

Fresh herbs complement steaks and other beef dishes.

Fresh herbs and steak go together like … salt and pepper? Left and right? Eggs and bacon? Oops. I’m getting a bit carried away, but you get the picture. When seed catalogs began to arrive before the bell tolled in 2016, I dutifully dog-eared corners and crinkled pages while dreaming of a bountiful herb garden.

You don’t need to create expansive plots or even be much of a green thumb to succeed, though. Potted herbs can often be found at your local grocer or home and garden center. A few plants on a sunny windowsill and you’re set for flavorful, aromatic bliss (don’t forget to water them!). Basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint are a few of my favorites — but I asked the experts for some professional recommendations.

Fresh herbs complement steaks and other beef dishes.

Chefs here at the Certified Angus Beef ® Education & Culinary Center suggest you choose herbs that complement, not overwhelm, other ingredients. They recommend the following with your favorite cuts of beef:

• Tarragon or parsley with filet mignon — to complement the “light” flavor of this tender cut of beef.
• Chives, cilantro or thyme with strip steak — a perfect balance of flavor when paired with this popular cut.
• Rosemary or sage with ribeye — a robust cut of beef needs bold herbs.
• Sage, rosemary and thyme — to enhance slow-cooked, braised beef dishes like pot roast or short ribs.

Chef Tip
Use extra herbs to infuse flavor in steaks and vegetables. Dampen fresh herb sprigs — try sage, rosemary and thyme — and place directly on the coals of your grill. Prepare steak and vegetables as usual. Savor the flavorful, aromatic results.

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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.