Eye of Round Steak Recipe

Make a steakhouse-worthy dinner at home with this tender and juicy eye of round steak recipe! This beef round steak is an inexpensive steak cut, but cooking it with butter, garlic, and herbs revamps it into a fancy dish. Aside from rosemary that adds fragrance to the steak, you can also make a gravy to give it even more flavor. Serve this pan-seared steak with Mediterranean roasted vegetables for a complete dinner meal!

Cooking the eye of round steak may be intimidating to some, especially for a beginner cook. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way! This eye of round steak recipe teaches classic pan-searing techniques so you can easily cook tender steak. It’s definitely one of the most straightforward steak recipes around

What Is Eye of Round Steak?eye of round steak cut, round steak

The eye of round is a cut of beef from the rear leg of the cow. Since it comes from this part, it’s lean with a low fat content. This beef cut is also less tender and much chewier than other steaks. For that reason, it’s one of the most economical steak cuts you can buy. 

Because of its toughness, the eye of round steak is easily overlooked. But when marinated and cooked the right way, it can also turn out succulent and tender.

That said, you can easily tenderize the meat without a marinade. Just avoid moving your steaks too much while they’re cooking and make sure you cook them fast. Medium-rare is the best level of doneness for eye of round steaks. Less effort, great results! 

How to Cook Eye of Round Steak

The beef eye of round steak is great for grilling, baking, slow cooking, and broiling. Sous vide is also one of our favorite ways to cook this steak cut. But perhaps the best way to cook eye of round steak is to pan-sear it on the stove until its exterior browns and crisps up. This cut of steak is also good for beef stew, soups, stir fry, and more!

Here’s how to cook eye of round steak on the stove:

1. To begin, melt the butter in a heated skillet.

melting the butter for eye of round steak recipe

Make sure not to overcook the butter. Otherwise, it will taste nutty, bordering on bitter.

2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and sear for about 5 minutes, or until it reaches medium or medium-well doneness.

searing eye of round steak in a heated skillet

The edges of your steak should be crisp and golden brown. Also keep in mind that moving the steaks unnecessarily will make them tough and rubbery.

3. Then, push the steaks to one side and add another tablespoon of butter to your skillet.

adding another tablespoon of butter to the skillet

4. Afterward, toss in the crushed garlic cloves and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.

tossing in rushed garlic cloves and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary in the skillet

The rosemary-garlic-infused butter will add a great depth of flavor to your steak. Once cooked through, remove the steaks from the skillet and set them aside. 

If you’re willing to go the extra mile, here’s how to make a simple gravy for the round steak:

eye of round steak slathered with gravy

  1. In the same skillet, add beef broth, onion powder, and paprika.
  2. Then, add the balsamic vinegar.
  3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gravy comes to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  4. Stir in the cornstarch to your gravy. If you’re out of cornstarch, a tablespoon of flour will do.
  5. Turn the heat to medium-high. Then, bring the sauce to a simmer.
  6. Pour the beef gravy over your seared eye of round steak.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Other Round Steak Recipes Worth-Trying

Smoked Steak Recipe, delicious tender and seasoned grilled steak cooked over a pellet smoker

Beef eye of round steak, albeit less expensive, can be just as luxurious as this rosemary ribeye steak. The good news is, there are other round steak recipes that can help you achieve an elegant dish to impress your date. All it takes is practice and a huge appetite!

  • Instant Pot London Broil RecipeThere’s also this swoon-worthy London broil made using the handy Instant Pot. It’s also slathered with delicious mushroom-onion gravy. 
  • Smoked Steak Recipe – Have a restaurant-worthy dinner with this easy recipe. You’ll love the rich flavor with smoky notes of this perfectly grilled steak!

Either way, this round eye steak recipe is a great stepping to stone. So, let’s start cooking some steak!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to cook an eye of round steak on the stove?

The cooking time might vary depending on the thickness of the steak and your preferred doneness.

  • Rare to medium: Cook each side for 2 to 3 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Medium-rare to medium: Cook the steak for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Medium to well-done: Cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes.

How to cook a thin eye of round steak on the stove?

Start by heating a skillet over medium heat with butter and oil. After that, add the thinly-sliced eye of round steaks. Sear each side for 1 to 2 minutes. You can add any seasonings and ingredients of your choice, including herbs, spices, and vegetables. Remove the steak from the heat and allow it to rest for a couple of minutes. Then, serve and enjoy!

How to cook an eye of round steak in the oven?

Here’s how to cook an eye of round steak in the oven:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat the round steak dry using a paper towel. Then, season the steak generously with seasonings or a steak rub of your choice.
  3. After the meat has been well-seasoned, place it on a roasting pan, and roast in the oven  for 15 minutes.
  4. Once the exterior turns brown, turn the temperature to 300 degrees F and continue roasting for 40 minutes. If you want medium-rare doneness, the steak should reach 135- degrees F internal temp.
  5. Once cooked, serve with your favorite side dish for steak, and enjoy!

How to cook an eye of round steak on the grill?

Grilling the eye of round steak is easy.

  1. Start by preparing the meat. To tenderize this beef round steak, we suggest pounding it with a mallet.
  2. Then, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Make sure to brush the steak with oil to prevent it from sticking to the grate.
  3. Place the meat on the grill rack and cook until each side is charred or browned.
  4. Once grilled to your desired doneness, transfer the grilled round steak to a carving board.
  5. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before cutting into thin slices. Serve and enjoy!

Eye of Round Steak Recipe

How to Cook Eye of Round Steak

A thick and juicy steak to try, this eye of round steak recipe is a simple and quick dish to cook. Pair it with some red wine and it'll be perfect for intimate date nights at home!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

For Steak:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ lb eye of round steaks
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 3 rosemary sprigs

For Gravy (Optional):

  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp cornstarch, (or 1 tbsp flour)

Instructions

For Steak:

  1. In a heated skillet, drop in a tablespoon of butter.
  2. Season the round steaks with salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Then, add the steaks to the skillet and sear until the exterior turns crisp, golden brown.
  4. Now, drop in another tablespoon of butter to the skillet.
  5. Lastly, throw in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and crushed garlic cloves.
  6. Remove the steak from the skillet and set aside.

For Gravy (Optional):

  1. In the same skillet, add beef broth, onion powder, and paprika.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until it comes to a boil.
  3. Add cornstarch (or flour) to the gravy.
  4. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
  5. Drizzle the gravy over your seared medium-rare eye of round steak.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If you can’t find the cut of meat needed for this recipe, you can always switch it up with a ribeye or a filet mignon, if you feel like treating yourself.

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 5mg
  • Calories: 660kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 256mg
  • Fat: 36g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 59mg
  • Protein: 73g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 437mg
  • Vitamin A: 921IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
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Conclusion

Have a steakhouse-style steak dinner at home with this eye of round steak recipe! Cook the steak in butter, rosemary, and garlic, and prepare to receive rave reviews. Then, serve it smothered in a delicious beef gravy to impress your guests even more!
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