Beef lovers, rejoice! You may have heard that when you’re trying to lose weight, your favorite savory meal centerpiece is off the table. But when it’s lean, healthy steak recipes can be a powerful tool in your weight loss arsenal.
Just like chicken, it’s packed with protein, which can help you feel full faster—and feel fuller for longer—while consuming fewer calories than you would with carbohydrates. When you pair that delectable lean beef with a healthy side of grilled vegetables or a vibrant, flavorful salad, you can have your steak and lose weight, too.
That’s what Nutrisystem has always been about, and why it works—because you’re eating foods you enjoy with the power of nutrition and portion control, instead of putting your favorite foods on a “do not eat” list. So if it fits with your plan and with your doctor’s recommendations for your health, put some steak on your plate! And do it with more flavor and more health benefits with these 11 delicious and healthy steak recipes.
When beef is cooked at high heat, potentially hazardous compounds called heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, can form. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, HCAs have been linked to cancer in animal studies, but the link is still being examined in humans.
While the connection continues to be studied, you can reduce the HCAs in your meat—and make it more delicious—with a marinade. One study found that oil-based marinades greatly reduced the amount of HCAs formed during cooking.
This marinated steak recipe reduces your exposure to these compounds and increases your exposure to flavor. It features a marinade made from olive oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, honey, rosemary and garlic. Bake your marinated flank steak for just 12 minutes, and you’ve got four mouthwatering servings of tender beef that are perfect with non-starchy vegetables. Get our Marinated and Baked Beef Flank Steak recipe here! >
Bring the sizzling experience of a steak fajita plate home with one of our most flavorful healthy steak recipes … and make it all in one pan! This steak fajitas recipe couldn’t be easier: Just rub a piece of flank steak with lime juice and spices, then let it marinate in a zip-top bag while you slice pepper and onions.
Then bake it all—beef and veggies—together on a single sheet pan. Twenty-five minutes later, you’ll be slicing and savoring your own steak fajitas, perfect on whole wheat tortillas or as a protein-packed topping for a salad. Learn how to make Simple Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas here! >
Ditch the too-salty flavor pouch and easily turn a packet of ramen into a gourmet meal. This recipe is complete with tender strips of steak, a variety of crunchy vegetables, and a simple stir fry sauce you make yourself. It’s as simple as whisking together sesame oil, rice vinegar, ground ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce and cornstarch. It brings the whole thing together into a gooey, satisfying sauce that sticks to the noodles and other ingredients for an incredible meal you’ll want to make again and again. And at just 427 calories for a big, filling bowl, you can! Click here for the Beef Ramen Noodle Stir Fry recipe! >
How do you say “special occasion” in French? We’re not language experts, but one delicious way to say it: “filet mignon.” With this recipe, you get all the celebratory taste of the fanciest of steaks, the savory goodness of a cream sauce, and you stay on track to your weight loss goals!
The sauce is made of butter, garlic and mushrooms, so there’s no swapping out real ingredients. It’s just the best of French flavor without the guilt! Try the sauce with some roasted green beans on the side, and celebrate your next special occasion in style. Learn how to make Filet Mignon with Mushroom Cream Sauce right here! >
Have all the fancy steaks you want, but in our books, there’s no more delicious way to enjoy steak than in a cheesesteak. Biting into melty cheese, savory beef, succulent mushrooms, and flavorful onions and peppers, there’s nothing better. Thanks to lean—but still tender—flank steak and reduced-fat provolone, this recipe lets you enjoy all those amazing flavors without all the unnecessary calories: Half a sandwich is just 292 calories. Click here for our Skinny Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich recipe! >
Give your next Taco Tuesday a sweet, surprising twist: Fruit! This recipe has blackberries in the beef marinade, which also features soy sauce, lime juice, garlic and thyme.
The berries also feature in the fruit-filled pico de gallo, made with traditional pico ingredients jazzed up by blackberries and mango chunks. When topped with guacamole and feta cheese, the result is sweet, savory and satisfying—a perfect midweek pick-me-up that your family will love. Learn how to make this Blackberry Steak Tacos recipe here! >
Enjoy all the craveable flavors of your favorite restaurant stir fry in a dish that’s just 300 calories. Marinating slices of flank steak in garlic, ginger and soy sauce loads each bite with savory flavor. It makes the perfect complement to peppers and onions that have been grilled to bring out their natural sweetness. Top it all with a simple sauce—the marinade you used for the steak, cooked to thicken in the pan—and you’ve got an amazing midweek dinner that can serve six … or serve as lunch all week as delicious, microwaveable leftovers! Check out the full Steak Stir Fry recipe here! >
This bowl features all the flavor and fall-apart-with-a-fork texture of a restaurant steak bowl. And thanks to your slow cooker, it’s easy to perfect: Just rub the steak with some seasonings, put it in the slow cooker with water and lime juice, and wait. Set to low, your slow cooker will make the meat perfect while you go about your day.
Six hours later, you’re in burrito bowl heaven, with tender beef topping cilantro lime rice, pico de gallo, cheese and crushed chips for crunch. And at your house, adding guacamole doesn’t cost extra—it just adds extra flavor! Get this Steak Burrito Bowl recipe right here! >
What would this list of healthy steak recipes be without this grilled classic? Whether you whip them up at a backyard gathering or fire up the grill just for yourself, these kebabs give you all the flavor and fun of a cookout while keeping you on your weight loss plan.
With tender, marinated chunks of sirloin steak paired with onions, peppers and baby potatoes all spiced to perfection, each skewer is a perfect little meal all on its own stick. Have one for just 183 calories, or if you’ve got room in your plan, grab two for a filling meal for under 400 calories! Click here for the recipe for these Marinated Steak Kebabs! >
Like your steak sauce a little cheesier? Look no further. This recipe tops the mother of all steak cuts with a gooey, decadent sauce made with real parmesan, real half and half, and no compromises. Even better, the sauce is finished in just five minutes. But that’s still not the best part of this recipe—that’s reserved for the calorie count, which is an itty-bitty 263 calories! Get the full recipe for Filet Mignon with Parmesan Cream Sauce here! >
Just because you’re short on time, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy flavorful and healthy steak recipes. This hearty noodle dish, with shredded carrots, snow peas and garlic, is ready in just 15 minutes.
Boil some noodles and start cooking the beef. Toss in the veggies for a few minutes to make them tender, and then add the now-cooked noodles and some simple sauce ingredients—soy sauce, sugar, ginger and red pepper flakes. In just a few minutes more, you’ll be digging into a spicy, sweet, savory dish that satisfies … and keeps you progressing towards your goals. Get the full Beef Lo Mein recipe here! >