Are you craving a great steak to share? One that looks good served family-style? Try this juicy and delicious Pan-Seared Tri-Tip Steak topped with a bit of Homemade Red Onion Jam. Add a side of easy Cooktop Roasted Potatoes and some steamed asparagus to complete the dinner. The Red Onion Jam is just to make it a bit special.

Pan Seared Tri Tip Steak and Red Onion Jam

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Course: Dinner
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people
Tip : The cooking instructions are for a stove top preparation, but you could easily make this on your bbq, the cooking time is the same for a steak that is 1 1/2" thick, just make sure to preheat the grill and close the lid once you have the steak on.


  • 1 piece tri tip steak about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs and about 1 1/2" thick
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tspn unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears
  • 1 recipe Cook Top Roast Potatoes
  • 1 recipe Red Onion Jam


  • Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
  • Generously season the steak with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and allow to sit at room temperature for about an hour before cooking.
  • Cut the bottom inch from the asparagus, place in a microwave safe dish and rinse under cold water. Cover with cling wrap and set aside until after the steak has been cooked.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet, or a nonstick skillet over high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Drop a teaspoonful of butter in the pan, and immediately place the steak on top of the butter. Do not move the steak and sear for 3 minutes. Turn the steak, and add another teaspoonful of butter to the pan and immediately place the steak on top of the butter. Sear for another 3 minutes without moving the steak.
  • Remove steak and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Place the asparagus covered with cling wrap in microwave and heat on high for 1 minute, remove, drain and cover with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain before serving.
  • After 5 minutes, slice the steak into 1 1/2" thick slices.


  • Top the steak with some Homemade Red Onion Jam and surround with Cook top Roast Potatoes and asparagus spears.

Author Notes

I found tri-tip steak at Fiesta Farms on Christie south of Dupont in Toronto. This store also has other unusual cuts and varieties.  For instance, I have routinely seen venison tenderloin, loin and rack.  Their produce section is also incredible and they also have what looks like a private label puff pastry. All in all, a great grocer. They also have a fairly extensive garden center.

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