T-Bone Steaks With Red Wine Sauce Recipe

Background and History

The T-bone steak is a beloved cut of beef that combines the best of both worlds: the tenderloin and the strip steak. Named for the T-shaped bone that separates these two sections, this steak is known for its rich flavor and tenderness. The addition of a red wine sauce elevates this classic dish, bringing a touch of sophistication and depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with the robust taste of the beef. This combination has roots in European culinary traditions, where wine sauces have long been used to enhance meat dishes.


2-3 people


  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • For the Steaks:

    • 2 T-bone steaks (about 1 inch thick)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Red Wine Sauce:

    • 1 cup red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot recommended)
    • 1 cup beef broth
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preparing the Steaks

Season the Steaks: Rub the T-bone steaks with olive oil and generously season both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat the Pan: Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot.

Cook the Steaks: Add the steaks to the hot pan and sear for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare (adjust time based on desired doneness). Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature: 130°F for medium-rare, 140°F for medium, and 150°F for medium-well.

Rest the Steaks: Transfer the steaks to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Let them rest for about 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.

Making the Red Wine Sauce

Sauté the Shallot and Garlic: In the same pan used for the steaks, add the chopped shallot and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes.

Deglaze with Wine: Pour in the red wine, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

Add Beef Broth and Herbs: Stir in the beef broth, rosemary, and thyme. Continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Finish the Sauce: Whisk in the Dijon mustard and butter until the sauce is smooth and glossy. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serve: Pour the red wine sauce over the rested T-bone steaks and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 650
  • Protein: 50g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 900mg


  • Wine Selection: Choose a dry red wine with robust flavor, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, which complements the rich taste of the steak.
  • Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure your steaks are cooked to your preferred level of doneness.
  • Resting Time: Allowing the steaks to rest after cooking is crucial for juicy, flavorful meat.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains ingredients that may trigger allergies, such as beef, dairy (butter), and mustard. Ensure all ingredients are safe for those with specific food allergies.

Enjoy your delicious T-bone steaks with red wine sauce, a meal that brings the luxury of fine dining to your home kitchen!

What red wine goes best with T-bone steak?

A full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Malbec pairs best with T-bone steak. These wines have robust flavors that complement the rich, beefy taste of the steak.

What does red wine do to steak?

Red wine adds depth and complexity to steak, enhancing its flavor with rich, savory notes. When used in a sauce or marinade, red wine helps tenderize the meat and infuses it with aromatic qualities.

What is the best cooking method for T-bone steak?

The best cooking method for T-bone steak is searing it in a hot skillet or on a grill to achieve a perfect crust, followed by finishing it in the oven if needed to reach the desired doneness. This method ensures a juicy and flavorful steak.

How does Gordon Ramsay make the perfect T-bone steak?

Gordon Ramsay cooks the perfect T-bone steak by first seasoning it generously with salt and pepper, searing it in a hot pan with a bit of oil, adding garlic, thyme, and butter, and basting the steak while it cooks. He then allows the steak to rest before serving.

How to cook T-bone steak Jamie Oliver?

Jamie Oliver recommends seasoning the T-bone steak with sea salt and black pepper, searing it in a hot pan with olive oil for a few minutes on each side, and finishing with garlic, rosemary, and butter. Let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Why is my T-bone steak chewy?

A T-bone steak can be chewy if it is overcooked, undercooked, or not rested properly after cooking. Chewy texture can also result from poor quality meat or insufficient marinating or tenderizing.

Is a T-bone steak tough or tender?

A T-bone steak is generally tender because it includes parts of the tenderloin and the strip steak, both of which are known for their tenderness. However, the texture can vary based on the cooking method and quality of the meat.

How do you tenderize a tough T-bone?

To tenderize a tough T-bone, you can marinate it in a mixture of acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon juice, use a meat mallet to physically tenderize the meat, or cook it slowly at a lower temperature to break down tough fibers.

Which steak is the most tender?

The filet mignon, cut from the tenderloin, is considered the most tender steak. It is known for its buttery texture and mild flavor.

What are the top 5 most tender steaks?

The top 5 most tender steaks are:

  • Filet Mignon
  • Ribeye
  • Strip Steak (New York Strip)
  • T-bone Steak
  • Porterhouse Steak
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