While we try to eat vegan or vegetarian a few nights a week, sometimes you just crave a big, juicy steak. But preparing it at home can seem daunting; there are so many different ways to cook a cut. Keep reading for easy recipes that place seared sirloin, coffee-rubbed ribeye, and sous vide steak all within your reach. Once you鈥檝e mastered these techniques, you鈥檒l feel confident cooking up any steak that catches your eye at the grocery store.

1. Perfect Cast Iron Skillet Steak: You don鈥檛 need a ton of fancy equipment to cook a mighty fine steak. Just get your classic cast iron skillet on the stove, and a tasty dinner is on its way.

2. Coffee-Rubbed Steak With Chili-Lime Butter: Toss out the A-1 sauce 鈥 this flavorful steak just doesn鈥檛 need it. It gets a one-two punch of flavor thanks to a spiced coffee rub and a pat of zesty chili-lime butter.

3. Open-Face Steak Sandwiches: When meat鈥檚 on the menu, you don鈥檛 want to waste your appetite on bread. Skip the top slice and make these open-face steak sandwiches instead.

4. Thai Steak Salad in a Jar: A sturdy salad that can last in a jar until lunchtime is one of our favorite meals, especially since it can be made ahead. The steak in this recipe soaks up the dressing all morning, so it鈥檚 perfectly marinated by the time you eat.

5. Sous Vide Steak: Properly cooking thick cuts of steak is easy if you have a sous vide machine. It ensures you get your ideal level of doneness from the center of your steak all the way to the exterior, which you can then quickly sear in a pan to give the meat more flavor. We don鈥檛 know what鈥檚 better 鈥 the juicy pink meat inside or the caramelized crust!

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