Tri Tip Steak (Frugal Man’s Filet)

Tri Tip Steak (Frugal Man’s Filet)

This is the frugal man’s filet mignon.  When tri tip roasts are on sale you can pick one up for around $3.99 per pound.  From this roast you can cut about four nice 2” steaks and have lots of meat left to turn into a great beef stew.  This can be a very inexpensive and flavorful cut of beef if seasoned and cooked properly.  You will not get the butter tenderness of the fillet but you will get a very tender piece of meat with a great beef flavor.


4          2” tri tip streaks trimmed

2 tbsp.  All purpose spice rub

1 tbsp.  Olive oil

1 tsp.   Butter


Season the steaks with the all-purpose spice rub and let sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes.  Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add steaks, brown on both sides cooking to a medium rare doneness.  Transfer to a plate and let rest for ten minutes before serving.  Serve with steamed asparagus and roasted potatoes.  You can eliminate the butter if you are watching calories without hurting the outcome.

Steak Marinade

Don’t be concerned about the heat of the chili, when you cook the meat the heat reduces.  The chili helps tenderize and flavor the meat.


1  Chili, your favorite hot variety

3  Garlic cloves

1/2  Yellow onion

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper


Place the chili, garlic, and onion in a food processor and chop until everything is combined.  Keep the machine running and add equal parts of the oil and vinegar.  When blended add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover your meat with the marinade at room temperature for about 20 minutes.  Cook the meat on the non marinated side first then flip to finish.

Baked steak with roasted butternut and potatoes

Why bake a steak in the oven?  You will get that slow roasted even cooked flavor only gotten when cooked in the oven.  Use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature of the steak.  It is better to under cook and let rest than to over cook the steak.  Enjoy

Baked steak with roasted butternut and potatoes

Baked Steak


2 New York bone in steaks about 1” thick

2 tbsps. steak seasoning

Let steaks come to room temperature.  Season each steak with the steak seasoning on all sides.  Place on a broil pan and put in a 400 oven.  Cook till the internal temperature reaches 145 for medium rare or 160 for medium.  Remove from the oven and let rest for at least ten minutes.  Slice and serve with roasted potatoes and butternut squash.

Roasted Butternut Squash


½ butternut squash cubed in ½” pieces

1 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and Pepper

1/8 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg

Place in a baking dish with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grate some fresh nutmeg on top.  Place in a 400 oven and cooked for 40 minutes.

Oven Roasted Potatoes


1 tbsp. olive oil

4 medium white potatoes, unpeeled

1 tbsp. steak seasoning

Slice the potatoes into 1/2” cubes and toss with the olive oil and steak seasoning.  Place in a baking dish and put into a 4oo oven for    minutes.