The key to this recipe being cheap and flavorful is the cut of steak used.  In my opinion it is one of the more overlooked and unappreciated cuts.  It’s the chuck steak, which is a fatty shoulder cut.  It will cost you around $6 a pound which is good for about two steaks.  That reasons out to around $3 a meal and that’s a pretty awesome deal seeing how restaurants charge $12+ for a steak dinner.

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

-A chuck steak (thin is good- between ½” and 1”)




-Olive oil


-Soy Sauce (I use gluten-free)

Step 1: Leave your steak out for 30 min to an Hour. You never want to cook a cold steak; it leads to the steak becoming tough.

Step 2: Once your steak has sat out and gotten closer to room temperature season it with salt, pepper, and thyme. Press the seasonings in, then coat the steaks in olive oil.

Step 3: Fill a Ziploc bag with just enough Soy Sauce to coat your Steak. Then put your steak in the Ziploc and leave it for another 30+min, flipping the bag once.

Step 4: Get a pan very hot (high) on your stovetop and drizzle olive oil on the pan.  When it’s hot enough the olive oil should run more like water than oil.  Before you add the steaks, melt a chunk of butter on the pan.

Step 5: Cook the steaks to your desired amount.  Do not flip the steaks more than once.  The high heat leads to a flavorful char on the outside of the steak.

Enjoy and serve with whatever you want!