Steak Frites with Béarnaise

Ingredients, Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup good white wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 to 1.5 inch thick steaks (ribeye, strip)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • Frozen french fries prepared at least 24 hours in advance (or cooled french fries made before the sauce). For instructions on preparing the fries, click here.

Tools, Sauce

  • Small sauce pan
  • Small pan to melt butter
  • Saute pan to fit steaks
  • Blender
  • Baking sheet
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board
  • Gas grill/stovetop, and oven


  1. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to cooking. Sprinkle all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the Champagne vinegar, white wine, shallots, 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is reduced to a few tablespoons. Cool slightly.
  4. While the mixture is cooling, melt the butter add the yolks with 1 teaspoon salt to the blender.
  5. Blend for 30 seconds while slowly pouring the hot butter through the opening in the lid.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of tarragon leaves and blend only for a second.
  7. If the sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon of white wine to thin. Keep at room temperature until serving. Keep at room temperature until serving.
  8. Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
  9. Put saute pan over medium heat with oil. As soon as the oil begins to smoke, gently place the steaks in the pan. For medium-rare, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  10. Turn off heat. Place steaks on baking sheet and place in oven to rest. Set timer for 15-25 minutes.
  11. While steaks are resting, fry the potatoes for the second time (3-4 minutes at 400 degrees in batches). For in instructions on prepping the frozen fries, click here. Or prepare other side dishes such as asparagus, mushrooms etc.

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