Steak Frites Recipe | PBS Food

This Steak Frites recipe was featured in a live taping of Simply Ming at Home with chef Ming Tsai. This will be featured in the upcoming season on TV.


Yield: Serves 4

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  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon toasted paprika
  • 3 large Kennebec potatoes, peeled, cut into fries, soaked in 1 gallon of water with 2 cups of rice vinegar, overnight
  • 1 flat iron steak (I love Wagyu form Prairie Harvest)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch Thyme sprigs
  • 8 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • Grape seed oil to cook
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Combine salt, garlic powder and paprika. Pre-heat a stock pot filled 1/3 with grape seed or vegetable oil, to 350 degrees. Drain and spin dry fries.
  2. Blanch them in batches until light golden. Set aside on sheet trays.
  3. Heat oil hotter to 400 degrees. Fry fries until GB&D. 4. Season with seasoned salt immediately.
  4. Concurrently when frying fries, preheat a cast iron on high. Season the steak well on both sides. Coat lightly with grape seed oil and sear steak, until brown on first side, about 8-10 minutes. Flip steak and add butter, thyme and garlic. Once butter is melted, arroser the steak. (Spoon the butter in a cadence over the steak) Cook until medium-rare, 130ishF and let it rest 10 minutes before slicing.
  5. Remove the cloves of garlic and in a small bowl, smash them with salt and pepper. Add mustard and mayonnaise and combine well, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve sliced steak with fries and aioli.
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