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Pan-Seared Steaks with Sherry and Caper Vinaigrette

4 Servings

40 minutes

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This pan-seared steak gets deep flavor from a basic spice rub and a high-impact, no-cook sauce that uses the juices the meat releases while resting. If you can't find flat iron steak, use two 12-ounce strip steaks (no need to cut them in half before cooking). A cast-iron skillet is best for getting a deep, even sear on steaks and an instant-read thermometer is the most reliable way to test for doneness; just make sure you're taking the temperature at the thickest part of the meat. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the vinaigrette and a green salad.




Don't score the steaks too deeply. Cut only about ⅛ inch into the surface. And score only one side.

40 minutes


  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    teaspoons sweet paprika, divided


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Karen S.
January 19, 2023
Wanted to love this, but disappointed on the first try.
I love all of the components and ingredients in this dish, but did not care for the uncooked pan sauce. I will try this again, but will likely use anchovy paste instead of filets as I found that making a smooth paste of the anchovies, capers with a fork was not possible on a Thursday night when trying to get dinner on the table quickly. Perhaps will try again on a Saturday and will do a quick cook on the pan sauce. Served this with Bitter Greens and Orange Salad—-which was the star of the show.
Karen H.

Made this for dinner tonight. Loved the flavors, but found it too salty (and I LOVE salt). I would reduce the salt in the rub to one teaspoon rather than two. Other than that, it was great.