Can you braise ribeye steaks?

I'd love to use this recipe. It seems boeuf bourguignon-esque with a few twists. Normally my go to for braising is a super marbles chuck roast. However, I only have two huge ribeye steaks at my disposal. Can they be braised? Thank soooooo much!

  • Posted by: Diari
  • March 22, 2016


nancy E. August 6, 2017
You can braise any meat but why the hell would you braise an expensive Ribeye? Stick to the tough cuts for the stew pot and slap that ribeye in a cast iron pan
guyjones August 6, 2017
I'm going to respectfully but firmly disagree with the folks who have stated that you "can't," or, alternatively, don't want to, braise a ribeye. I'll relate my experience -- I had a couple of frozen, grass-fed ribeye steaks from Whole Foods (1-lb. each) that had been sitting in the freezer for a few months and that I wanted to get rid of. Very nice steaks, roughly 1.5 inches in thickness. I also happened to be making my monthly braise of boneless & skinless chicken thighs and decided to add the ribeyes to the pot, as an experiment, as much as anything else.

I prepared my standard preparation for the braise -- sauteed shiitake, hen of the woods mushrooms, white button mushrooms, pearl onions, leek (white part), small cambray onions, garlic cloves and sliced carrots, and added these ingredients to my 8-quart All-Clad rondeau, along with 8 bay leaves, herbs de Provence, additional oregano and sage, garlic and onion powder, and rosemary and thyme sprigs.

To the pot, I added one bottle of Trader Joe's "Three-Buck Chuck" Merlot and one 33-ounce box of low-sodium vegetable stock (I've also used combined mixtures of wine, beer and alcoholic apple and pear cider, with great results).

I trimmed the chicken thighs and the two ribeyes of excess fat, seasoned them and browned them on both sides in olive oil in a saute pan, then added them to the rondeau, covered the rondeau and placed it in the oven to braise at 300 degrees fahrenheit, for three hours. The ribeye came out fork-tender and delicious, as good as any brisket that I've braised, similarly.

So, to say that one "can't" braise ribeyes, or, alternatively, that the end result will somehow be unpalatable or unappetizing as compared to grilled ribeyes, is simply factually untrue.
guyjones August 6, 2017
I'll also add that I find it pretty amusing that folks are opining on the alleged improprieties of braising ribeyes, without actually having attempted the feat. Until you've actually tried it, what you're all offering is mere baseless speculation and conjecture.
Chef M. April 13, 2021
I’ve braised ribeye steaks for 12 hours before. Most people don’t understand the technique or don’t want to wait this long to produce a meal but it is fantastic. Serve it over garlic mashed potatoes or next to a baby arugula and shaved almond salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. If you want a much “south of the border recipe” top the steak with some of my chimichurri and serve it with rosemary potatoes and a baby greens, walnuts and mandarin salad topped with a little orange peel salad.

Argentina is just a step away.
Igglemania April 13, 2021
Stumbled across this post when I was stuck with no chuck roast and loads of rib-eye. I just want to confirm for anyone curious -- I let mine braise for 4 hours at 275 and it tasted great. I love a good steak and I understand if you don't want to braise your ribeyes. But it can be done and it didn't dry them out or make them stringy at all.
Diari March 22, 2016
Thanks for y'all's (too country?) answers! I normally make my ribeyes in a more traditionally manner. These are sooooo nice too, and I would hate to ruin them :/
ChefJune March 22, 2016
I think you've answered your own question. You WOULD be ruining your rib eyes if you braise them.
cookbookchick March 22, 2016
Personally, I think that would be a big mistake. Braising is for tougher cuts of meat. A ribeye -- my favorite steak -- should be cooked hot and quick, seared in a hot skillet, you know the drill, I'm sure. No liquids!
C S. March 22, 2016
Obviously you can but I am not sure you want to. You may get better answers from people with better knowledge of the cuts of beef, but braising is usually for tough cuts, and the rib eyes are already tender. I think of rib eyes to go on the grill and am afraid the texture would be seriously degraded by braising.

On the other hand if that is what you have and you want to try it - you'll find out. There is no danger just maybe not the optimum use for that cut. Let us know what you do.
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