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RECIPE: Butter Basted Sirloin Tip Steaks

written by

Eileen Napier

posted on

October 7, 2020


These sirloin tip steaks offer a simple solution when you need to cook dinner quickly. Butter baste these boneless steaks on your stove top and serve them to your busy eaters.

Sirloin tip steaks are not an inherently tender steak. We are going to help them become tender using a large knife 6-inch knife.

*Insider's Tip* Butter basting works EVEN better when you cook a thick-cut, premium steak such as a rib eye or porterhouse. The thick steaks cook and baste longer, allowing a yummy crust to build on the outside of the steak. However, the more economically priced sirloin tip steak is a great one to practice on until you get your technique right. And the butter basting really helps bring yummy flavor to a less dazzling cut of meat.


2 Sirloin Tip Steaks
~ 1 tbsp of your favorite cooking oil
~ 3 tbsp butter
Any garlic, herbs, or seasonings you want to try


Cast iron skillet is best for this method
Large metal spoon for basting


  1. Tenderize your fully thawed steaks using a large kitchen knife. You need to “slap” the surface of your steak, making parallel lines across the surface. Resulting cuts should create 1/8-1/4 inch grooves in the surface of your steak. Make a second pass over your steak in a perpendicular pattern. Flip the steak, and repeat on the opposite side.
  2. Pat steaks dry.
  3. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil until it is hot. A good test is flicking a drop of water into the pan. If it pops and sizzles, you are ready.
  4. Add the butter, seasonings, and your steaks at the same time.
  5. Sear and flip your steaks quickly and repeatedly, about one minute per side at a time. Expect to turn your steaks so both sides get cooked at least two times.  Four minutes total cook time will produce a rare steak.  Six minutes total will produce medium rare.  Seven to eight minutes will produce a medium steak.
  6. As the steaks cook, tip your pan up and spoon the butter over the top. The butter should be bubbling and helping to cook your steaks from the top down while infusing them with amazing flavor.
  7. Remove from heat, rest, and enjoy!

Your sirloin tip steaks are going to benefit from a bit of tenderizing before you fry them.


Don't get too mesmerized by the beautiful sizzling butter cooking on your steak.  This is a quick process, and you want to keep turning those steaks and prevent them from getting over cooked.


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