Friday, January 3, 2014

How to Cook The Perfect Bone-In Rib Eye Steak (OP Rib / Côte de bœuf)

With a meat-loving husband and kids, there was no question that the choice of meat for our Christmas Day dinner this year had to be beef! A couple of months ago, we discovered the bone-in rib eye steak at the butchery section in the supermarket and this has since become our steak of choice to cook at home.

Also known as OP rib, cowboy steak, or côte de bœuf, it is a single rib cut from the centre of a full rib of beef. The beauty of this cut is that it is thick and chunky, it makes cooking it (to perfection) much easier for a homecook.  For two, we usually get an OP rib which is about 650g but for Christmas Day we cooked a 1.1kg rib for a family of four. 

The Perfect Bone-In Rib Eye Steak (OP rib / Côte de bœuf)

A few tips for cooking the perfect bone-in rib eye steak:
1. Make sure the meat is at room temperature before you start cooking. For such a huge slab of meat, remove from fridge at least two hours before to allow sufficient time to get to room temperature.

2. After cleaning, pat it VERY dry with a kitchen towel.

3. Rub the steak with some oil and season with generous amounts of salt and pepper - this is to get a nice crust on the steak.

4. Before you start cooking, make sure you preheat the oven to 180°C (roast mode). Make sure your pan is lightly oiled and very hot before the steak hits the pan.

5. The best way to test the doneness of such a thick cut is to use a meat thermometer. For medium rare, you should aim for 120°F to 125°F after the steak has been in the oven (test in the centre, thickest part). If it has reached this temperature, cover loosely with a foil to rest - you will find that after resting, the residual heat will further "cook" the meat and bring the temperature of the meat up to 130°F to 135°F, a perfect medium rare. Please refer to the below chart for perfect beef doneness. 
Beef Doneness Temperature Chart

Beef Doneness Temperature (°F)
Rare 120 - 125
Medium rare 130 - 135
Medium 140 - 145
Medium-well 150 - 155
Well Done 160 & above

Evenly pink - perfect!

Sizzle sizzle.. love that sound!

It is first seared in a very hot grill pan to achieve a nice crust, then further cooked in a preheated oven to bring it up to the preferred doneness.

What do we love about this cut? The meat is tender and full of meaty flavor and I can achieve the nice crust that Hubby likes on his steaks. You can serve this with roasted potatoes, fries or mashed potatoes and an assortment of roasted or steamed vegetables, along with some Dijon mustard, gravy and fleur de sel (or good quality salt).

How to Cook the Perfect Bone-In Rib Eye (OP Rib / Côte de bœuf)
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes (for 650g)
Serves 2-3

650g bone-in rib eye steak (OP Rib / Côte de bœuf), about 1.5 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Canola oil

You need a :
Meat thermometer
Grill pan

Serve with:
Roast potatoes / mash potatoes / fries
Dijon mustard
Fleur de sel / Good-quality sea salt
Gravy or sauce of your choice

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (roast mode).

2. Heat grill pan over medium high heat for 4 minutes, until it is very hot.

3. Rub oil all over the steak, then season one side with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Place meat (seasoned side) and grill for 3 minutes.

4. Season the top side and flip over, and grill for further 3 minutes. You can test the temperature before putting the steak into the oven, just to gauge roughly how long is needed in the oven. To test, insert the meat thermometer in the centre of the steak.

5. Remove from grill pan and place on a baking tray into the preheated oven until it has reached your desired doneness. For a 650g steak to be cooked to medium rare doneness, it usually requires about 7-8 minutes. Test doneness with a meat thermometer, between 120°F and 125°F is the temp you should aim for medium rare.

6. Once it has reached your desired doneness, remove from oven and cover the steak loosely with foil to rest for 5 minutes. Do not cover too tightly or the meat will sweat. After resting, the meat temperature should be around 130°F to 135°F.

7. Slice the steak tableside and serve with Dijon grain mustard or gravy, and some fleur de sel.

Note: We usually get an OP rib which is around 1.5" thick, but it could get up to 2-2.5" thick, so adjust the cooking time accordingly until it reaches your preferred doneness / temperature.

Our simple Christmas table setting

We served the steak with some roasted potatoes, and steamed carrots and Brussel sprouts. 

Delicious Christmas dinner!

I am submitting this to the "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013" event which I am hosting. You can link your recipes here until 31 January 2013.

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  1. I can't take beef but your cooking looks delicious! Happy New Year!

  2. sizzle, sizzle, i enjoyed watching your short video montage! and you used the right word ... this beef looks PERFECT in preparation! :D

  3. Hi Yen, though I don't eat beef, I know that you have cooked this beef perfectly. It really needs good skill to cook this.

  4. Make mine well-done , por favor lol

    Here's wishing you and your family a Happy , Healthy and a Bountiful 2014 !!!

  5. Yums !how I wish my wife had the time and interest to experiment with recipes and cooking.

  6. Your Christmas dinner sure looks so good!

  7. That's just how I like my steak Yen! You cooked it perfectly! :D He must be a happy man!

  8. Good job babysumo :-) I think we will be revisiting OP ribville several times in 2014

  9. Now this IS perfect steak! Hope you had a wonderful holiday Yen! Sorry I've been MIA, but I look forward to your posts in 2014! Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks for the tips, Yen! I am hopeless when it comes to steaks as I am clueless. Will try this soon.

  11. Just did this with amazing results. thanks

    *wish i could attach a picture

    1. Hello Mondo!

      Glad to hear that it worked out well for you. Feel free to share your photo on Facebook ( Page. Would love to see it :)


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