Skillet Tri Tip Steaks and Garlic-Herb Butter

This was our first time using a cast iron skillet to cook a tri tip recipe, and this will NOT be the last!  As much as I love cooking on the grill or smoking over hickory chips, the sear of a tri tip steak cooked in this manner has become my new love!




For the steaks:

  • 2 tri tip steaks, cut about an inch thicktri tip recipe
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, or your preferred seasoning (we used Montreal Steak Seasoning in our video above)
  • olive oil

For the herbed butter:

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1/4 tablespoon of dried parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil (or 1/4 tablespoon of dried basil)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped oregano  (or 1/4 tablespoon of dried oregano)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature


1)  Make the herbed butter:

  • Finely chop the herbs and set aside.
  • Place the herbs, garlic, and butter in a small mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until completely worked through.
  • Mound the flavored butter in the center of a piece of plastic wrap and roll it up into a cylinder, twisting the ends to compact the butter.
  • Chill the butter in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.

2)  Season both sides of each tri tip steak.

3)  Heat large, heavy cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Once it has heated, drizzle olive oil into the bottom of the skillet and make sure it is well-coated.

4)  Place each tri tip steak into the skillet and cook over the medium heat for 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side of the steak for about 3-4 minutes. Test for doneness. Cook longer if needed to reach the level of doneness desired.

5)  Remove from heat and allow to rest for about five minutes in the skillet.

6)  After the rest period, cut off a slice of herbed butter and place it on top of the tri tip.  As the butter melts and mixes with the meat’s juices, serve it to your hungry guests.

Seriously…AMAZING!  Give this tri tip recipe a try!


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This article has 5 Comments

  1. Me and my husband just had this, BELIEVE! The BEST steak Liv I’ve ever cooked! The temp was perfect and the seasoning was PERFECT

  2. Wow, this steak looks tasty. I’m always looking to try new recipe or borrow from other recipe to improve my steak. I have never used the flavored butter technique but I’m looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing.

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