Steak is a favorite among many of us and it’s very versatile, considering there are so many different ways to prepare it. Unfortunately, certain cuts of steak, as well as cooking methods, are very calorie-dense. For those of you looking for a lighter preparation method, this article will share with you 3 low-calorie steak recipes that will help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.
These juicy and mouth-watering flavors can still be enjoyed, whether you’re on a diet or simply eating at a calorie deficit. Because the cuts of meat used in these recipes are lean, they cut down on calorie count substantially. Also, you’ll find that by using low calorie butter substitutions, you can cut down the calorie count even further.
So, without further ado, here are 3 healthy and low calorie steak recipes:
Filet Mignon with Steamed Brocolli
- 100 grams of beef tenderloin steak, 1 inch thick.
- 100 grams of broccoli
- 1 tbsp of light butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
1. Cut broccoli into florets and wash thoroughly. In a steamer, boil some water and place the broccoli on the steamer rack. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and set aside.
2. Rinse beef tenderloin steak with water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Rub salt and pepper evenly.
3. In an iron cast skillet or non-stick pan, melt light butter on medium heat.
4. Once the butter is fully melted, cook the steak on each side for 4 minutes or until the desired doneness is achieved.
5. Serve the steak with the steamed broccoli and enjoy!
This recipe will have approximately 300 calories, which will also depend on the brand of light butter you choose to use. I’d suggest using an alternative with the lowest amount of calories if you really want to cut down on them.
In addition, this meal is great if you’re able to find truly fresh broccoli, which has a naturally sweet and crisp taste to it. Then, there’s no need for any seasoning. But if you can’t find that, any broccoli you find will certainly do.
Teriyaki Steak in Konjac Rice Bowl
- 1 pack of Konjac Rice (good for 1 serving)
- 100 grams of Flank Steak
- 25 ml Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 tbsp of water
- Cooking spray
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Prepare Konjac Rice according to package instructions and set aside in a bowl.
2. Rinse Flank Steak and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Rub with salt and pepper.
3. Use some cooking spray on an iron cast skillet or in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
4. Cook the flank steak for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired doneness is achieved.
5. Once the steak is cooked, slice it into strips and place it on top of the rice bowl.
6. In the same pan, mix the teriyaki sauce and a tablespoon of water. When the mixture is simmering, pour on top of the steak.
Konjac Rice is also called the ‘miracle rice’ for having about 12 calories per serving. This Asian-inspired recipe makes the dish have an estimated 250 calories for the whole meal. You can read up on various kinds of low-calorie Konjac pasta at this article here.
It really is pretty amazing food that allows you to really fill up, while at the same time, adding minimal calories to your meal.
Steak with Mixed Veggies
- 100 grams bottom round steak, excess fat removed
- 2 tbsp light butter
- 1 cup frozen mixed veggies (green peas, carrots, beans, and corn)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Pound the bottom round steak using a meat tenderizer mallet, then rub salt and pepper evenly on both sides.
2. In a skillet or a non-stick pan, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat and cook the steak to the desired doneness. Slice into thin strips once done.
4. In the same pan, melt the remaining butter and cook the frozen mixed veggies. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
5. Place sliced round steak on top of mixed veggies and enjoy!
This classic steak dish paired with mixed veggies lets you enjoy a buttery taste with fewer calories than alternative versions of it. This recipe has around 300 calories, but depending on the brand of light butter that you use, you can cut that number down even further.
Steak Nutrition Facts
Here’s a little breakdown of calories in different cuts of steak. Every cut of this meat is high in protein, and depending on the cut you get, calories vary fairly widely. In general, when I eat steak, I go for boneless sirloin tip, eye of round, or tri-tip steak, which are all leaner cuts of meat.
Bottom round is known to be the lowest in calories. Here’s a breakdown of nutrition facts in different cuts of steak.
- Sirloin Tri-Tip Steak – 3 Ounces has 213 calories and 26 grams of protein
- Top Sirloin Steak – 3 Ounces has 207 calories and 23 grams of protein
- Boneless New York Strip – 3 Ounces has 182 calories and 17 grams of protein.
- Bottom Round Steak – 3 Ounces has 128 calories and 19 grams of protein.
Steak Recipes In Summary
These 3 low calorie steak recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. One of the reasons these meals are so low in calories is that the cuts of meat are some of the leanest cuts of steak.
While these recipes are already very light, you could cut down calories even further simply by finding a lighter version of the butter used. Or rather than use butter, there are options like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light”. Parkay also makes its own light butter spread. These both have 35 calories per tablespoon, a far lighter alternative than regular butter, with fantastic flavor.
I hope you found this article to be helpful. If you have any questions or comments or have any low-calorie steak recipe recommendations of your own, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave your feedback below. Thank you so much for reading!