Bavette Frites is a quintessential French bistro dish. The steak is from the thickest part of a flank steak, so it’s a bit chewy but full of flavor. It is delicious when grilled to medium rare and topped with Butter Sautéed Shallots. Finish the dish with a side of frites (french fries) and small dish of garlic aioli, and you would think you were eating at sidewalk café in Paris.

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  • Course Dinner
  • Cuisine French
  • Keyword All-Seasons, Barbeque, Beef, Casual Dinner Party, Fast, For Foodies, Grilled, Tasty, Week Night Dinner
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 15 minutes 6 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
21 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 15 minutes 6 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
21 minutes
There are many kinds of frozen French fries, check to see the baking time before starting the steaks. If the baking time is more than 5 minutes, delay grilling the steaks until 6 minutes before the end time for the French fries.
Degree of Difficulty
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Asian chili sauce or Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
Steak Topping
  • 5-6 medium or 2 large shallots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbspn unsalted butter
  • 1 lb skirt steak. flap steak or sirloin tip cut into 2" wide strips
Dipping for French Fries
Servings: people
  1. Gather all ingredients before starting recipe
  2. Mix marinade ingredients
  3. Lightly score the top of each piece of steak and add steaks to marinade. The steaks can be marinated for up to 4 hours before grilling. If more than one hour, keep refrigerated.
Topping for Bavette
  1. Peel and finely chop 5-6 large shallots
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and add chopped shallots, cook over medium heat until the shallots become translucent, about 5-6 minutes, do not brown. Set the shallots aside until the steaks are grilled and are ready to be served.
Pre-Cooking Steak Preparation
  1. Return cooked shallots to very low heat to warm
  2. Preheat oven to 450°
10 minutes before plating
  1. Place frozen 5 minute French Fries on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place in a 450° pre heated oven.
Steaks on Grill
  1. Remove steaks from marinade and place on hot grill, close the grill lid and cook for 3 minutes, after 3 minutes, turn and grill for another 3 minutes.
Steaks on Cook Top
  1. Spray a heavy bottomed cast iron skillet with vegetable spray and preheat pan on high heat
  2. Place steaks in the pre-heated skillet and cook uncovered, turning after 2-3 minutes, searing both sides. Reduce heat slightly to medium high and cook for another 3 minutes on the second side.
  1. Remove steaks to a platter and check the fries. If the fries are crunchy and slightly golden, they will be done. When done, turn the oven off, leaving fries in the oven.
  1. Allow steaks to rest for 3-5 minutes, then place a steak on each plate and top with the sautéed shallots
  2. Remove fries the from the oven, season with salt and toss to combine.
  3. Add salted fries to each plate and serve.

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