This simple whole grain Steak Bowl is the perfect addition to your weeknight menu! It's low-prep and full of nutrients. This quick and easy dish can be tailored to the entire family, which is a huge bonus when serving many preferences.
Grain bowls are a great way to get a nutritious meal of grains, protein, and vegetables. One of the best things about these delicious steak bowls is that each bite is an adventure. You can get a little of everything or mix certain combinations of toppings and sauces to get exactly what you want.
This grain bowl recipe is a great alternative to steak salad or stir fry. It's loaded with soft emmer and flavorful protein that will leave you feeling satisfied. If you meal prep for the week or simply have extra steak to use up from last night's dinner, this is a great recipe to have on hand.
What is a grain bowl?
There are three main components to any grain bowl recipe- A grain, a protein, and a veggie. It's like a hearty salad, but you use grains instead of lettuce as a base. Then, you can dress the bowl up with the sauce and garnishes of your choice.
I used Emmer for this bowl, but you could use any whole grain. Quinoa, Spelt, Millet, Oat Groats, I mean, there are so many options! You can use one or a blend.
Cooking them in the pressure cooker is much easier than on the cooktop. I recently purchased this InstaPot and am loving it. You add the water or stock, grain, and a touch of salt. Then, pop on the lid and walk away! It couldn't be easier! Check out my post How to Cook Whole Grains to learn how to cook grains in the Instant pot.
Protein is going to make your grain bowl even more filling. You can get creative here too. Chicken, steak, and pork are all excellent options; you could even use leftover shredded roast beef! The flavor profile options are endless. You can make a vegetarian grain bowl or a lentil Buddha bowl if you don't eat meat. Tofu, chickpeas/hummus, and lentils are all delicious protein-filled options for your bowl.
You can choose any veggie you want! I had cucumbers, cabbage, bell peppers, and edamame. Choose vegetables that are in season for the best flavor. For example, you may find that in the summer, you enjoy bright, crunchy vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, and greens, but in the winter, you enjoy roasted root vegetables. Feel free to switch things up to find your favorite flavor combos.
Garnishes and sauce
This recipe uses a balsamic poppy seed dressing, but there are so many sauces to choose from. Add your favorites or even a combination. For example, in a greek style bowl, tzatziki and hummus go great together. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs, a slice of lime, or toasted nuts for extra crunch.
Why you'll love it
Easy- This easy steak bowl is a weeknight meal win. Not only does it come together quickly from scratch, but you can also prepare the veggies and grains ahead of time. Then, when you're ready to eat, you can simply cook the steak and assemble the bowl.
Healthy-It's sometimes challenging to find a quick and healthy meal. But this is a recipe you can feel great about serving to your family. It’s made fully from scratch with whole foods that nourish your body.
Great for leftovers- This bowl is the perfect way to reduce food waste and give leftovers new life. If you’re a meal prepper and have lots of extra grains or protein, this recipe is a great way to bring all the flavors together for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Emmer- Emmer is also known as Farro. It's a wheat grain that is rich in vitamin b3 and high in fiber. It has a light nutty flavor that perfectly complements the fresh vegetables in this steak bowl. You can use emmer or whatever your favorite grain may be.
Filet Mignon Steaks- Filet Mignon is a delicious cut of steak but feel free to use ribeye steak, strip steak, or your preferred cut. If you have leftover steak, such as grilled flank steak, that will work too! Just be sure you slice on the bias for the most tender bite.
Salt and ground black pepper - These simple seasonings bring out the steak's natural flavors. Feel free to use a steak marinade or rub that complements the flavors of the bowl you have in mind. But trust me, salt and pepper alone are sufficient, and they really let the natural flavors shine. Spice House is my newest spice obsession so if you're a big fan of spices, definitely check them out!
Granulated garlic- A little bit of garlic helps create a unity between the ingredients and adds a great base flavor.
Oil- You'll need a bit of oil for searing the steak. Look for an oil with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil, ghee, or refined coconut oil.
Vegetables - I chose an assortment of vegetables for this recipe, so feel free to use mine or choose your own. These can be a mix of fresh and roasted veggies of your choice. Pick vegetables with texture to add a crunch.
Olive oil- This is the base of your dressing, so be sure to choose an oil with a flavor you enjoy. If you have a high-quality oil, you reserve for special dishes, this is a great opportunity to break it out.
Balsamic vinegar- An acidic element that brightens the salad dressing. This rich flavored vinegar complements the flavors of the oil and gives your dressing complex sweet undertones.
Honey- Honey adds a delicious flavor to your dressing and an enjoyable sweetness. Some dressings use sugar, but honey adds a more natural flavor. Of course, any honey will work great, but if you have access to raw or local honey, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how amazing it tastes compared to the generic store brands.
Poppy Seeds- These tiny seeds contain nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, copper, and zinc! They're a great addition to the salad dressing because they don't taste like much but are packed with health benefits and make for a pretty presentation. Dijon mustard- Dijon is made from brown or black mustard seeds rather than yellow mustard seeds. It gives the sauce a tangier, more refined flavor that is fantastic in dressings. It also helps the oil and vinegar to mix together.
How to Cook the Perfect Steak
It's helpful to start with a good quality steak. The filet mignon I used was from Bingham Beef. They are an awesome generational ranching family and ship nationwide. If it is a good steak, let it shine! Keep the seasoning at a minimum- salt, garlic, and ground black pepper, that's it! I have an in-depth post all about the perfect cast iron filet mignon here.
Let me also share a few tips for the perfect steak:
- Start room temperature- Allow it to sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes before cooking. Bringing your steak to room temperature allows it to cook more evenly.
- Season immediately before cooking-Salt draws moisture out of steak. If given enough time, this will be reabsorbed back into the meat, but this isn't ideal for quick cooking. If you're short on time, season immediately before cooking and get it right into the hot pan. It will seal in the flavor, stop the moisture from escaping, and give you a nice brown crust.
- Use a hot pan- Make sure your pan is good and hot before adding the steaks; preheating usually takes 4-5 minutes. I love to use my Lodge Cast Iron for searing the steaks. It's a heavy bottom pan that heats evenly and keeps the temperature well. Once you add food to your hot pan, the temperature drops quickly, so having a skillet that keeps the temperature well will ensure both sides of the steak have an even sear. Grilling steak hot and fast also allows you to get a browned crust and keep the center of the steak to your liking.
- Allow time to brown-The way to tell the steaks are ready to flip is shown below. You will want the bottom ⅛ inch to be brown and cooked. Flip the steak only once. Sear both sides. If you like it more well done, you can always cover the Cast Iron Griddle when cooking. This will trap the heat and cook it faster.
- Let them rest- Let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing, ideally for at least 5 minutes. This allows the steak time to redistribute moisture and keep all the juice from seeping out as soon it's cut into.
How To Assemble A Grain Bowl
Once all the elements are cooked, you can assemble your delicious steak grain bowl. Feel free to get creative in this part or follow the traditional route.
Typically grains will go on the bottom. Then, add your veggies and protein. Mix these up or place them in sections for an aesthetically pleasing presentation. Finally, top your bowl with the dressing of your choice. You can add chopped herb garnishes or dipping sauces such as sour cream, hummus, or anything you'd like. I used balsamic poppy seed dressing, but Sriracha mayo is tasty too!
Customize this quick, easy dinner to make weeknights fun for the whole family. You can prepare each bowl or make it family-style by placing all the ingredients out, and letting everyone build their bowl!
Grain Bowl Flavor Ideas
- Greek Buddha Bowls is a family favorite. Feta cheese, red onions, cucumbers, and Tzatziki.
- Southwest Steak Bowls: Peppers and caramelized onions, corn, black beans, pico de Gallo, and your favorite salsa or cilantro sauce. The beef is cooked in a pressure cooker, making it a quick fix.
- Spicy Shrimp Buddha Bowl: Delicious smoky shrimp with fresh veggies and a creamy avocado dressing
FAQ Steak Grain bowl
Store the steak bowl in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days for maximum freshness. If possible, these bowls store best unassembled. Place all the prepared ingredients in separate sealed containers and reheat them individually. Grains and steak tend to have different warming times.
To reheat steak, it tastes best to place it back into a skillet for a few minutes with a bit of oil over medium heat until warm. To reheat grains, place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of water and cover with a plate or microwave-safe lid. Microwave for 1-3 minutes until heated through.
Absolutely! Whole grain rice or brown rice is a delicious addition to your steak bowl.
Grain bowls can be a healthy addition to your diet. Depending on your specific nutritional needs, these bowls can often be tailored to fit into your plan. Choose protein and vegetable options that fit best within your preferences, and enjoy!
Either! You can enjoy grain bowls, warm or cold. They're refreshing and light in the summer, but you may choose to have a hot bowl with more hearty roasted vegetables in the cooler months.
Buddha bowl, grain bowl, nourish bowl, or Macro bowl- they're all pretty much the same! They're a delicious way to include a variety of foods into your diet and make it more enjoyable.
Simple Whole Grain Steak Bowl
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup emmer
- 2 filet mignon steaks room temp
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons oil for searing the steaks
- 6 cups vegetables of choice I used cabbage, edamame, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Use whatever you like.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add water, emmer, and ½ teaspoon salt to a pressure cooker. Secure the lid and set it to pressure. Cook on high for 30 minutes with a quick release.
- While it is cooking, cut all your veggies for the bowl. I like to make sure they are bite-sized and easy to manage.
- Toward the end of the cooking time, get started on the steak. Make sure the steaks are at room temp. Sprinkle both sides with salt, garlic, and pepper. Press into the steak.
- Heat your pan, I prefer cast iron, over medium-high heat. Drizzle with your oil, then add the 2 steaks. Cook for about 3-5 minutes per side for rare. Add another 2-3 minutes if you want a medium-rare. Flip only once to get the perfect sear.
- Remove from heat and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Start putting together your bowl. Thinly slice your steak once everything is together. I used ½ steak per bowl I made.
- Eat the bowl as is, or use a dressing as I did. To make the dressing, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste, add salt and pepper as needed.
- If you are using this as meal prep, once everything is cooled, package as desired. They will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days!