Three tips to help you cook the perfect bistro steak frites

Whether it reminds you of holidaying around Belgium or Paris or you want to try to make your favourite steakhouse dish at home, cooking up the perfect steak frites is easy – when you know how to do it. It’s one of my go-to recipes for a quick but timeless dish and it’s one that both kids and adults love. Once you’ve done the prep, the entire meal takes no time to cook up, so you can enjoy your evening. Another reason I love it is that there’s very little washing up to do afterwards!

Make it easy for yourself
This timeless dish is a classic and sometimes, this can put people off cooking it. You have such high expectations after trying it in French bistros and skilled steakhouses, that the thought of cooking it yourself seems far too daunting. Well, it definitely doesn’t have to be. If you use good quality meat and set time aside for preparation, there’s no reason why it can’t taste as good as the dishes served up by Parisian chefs. They might be masters of French fries, but it’s easy to find tasty replacements that can be cooked at home.

Spend time preparing the meat first. I’m a huge fan of seasoning and to create the most perfect steak frites – the kind you’d expect served up in a chic bistro – seasoning is vital. From experimenting with clarified butter to using grapeseed oil, opinions vary from chef to chef, but for a dish like this, I think simplicity works best and tend to stick to using salt and pepper to season.

Choose the best ingredients
To draw out the flavoursome, delectable taste from steak and the crisp, fluffy nature of the fries, you need top ingredients. The most important place is start is with your cut of meat. Head to your local butchers – or butcher counter at your local supermarket – and ask for their advice. This guide will help you, but I prefer to chat to my butcher. If you explain what you’re cooking, they’ll find you the perfect cut. They might even have some great hints and tips to improve your recipe.

As a general rule of thumb, I prefer to look for cuts of meat that are small and plump, with small veins of fat running through them. While you can use leaner, thinner cuts, they may not hold as much flavour.

Find the right recipe
While it’s not a difficult dish to make, timing is everything. You don’t want to overcook the steak nor undercook the fries. You want a perfect medley of juicy, rich meat with crispy, mouth-watering fries. To achieve this, following a recipe the first few times is usually advisable. You might want to get some inspiration from the best, or start slowly, with an easy-to-follow recipe.

Because of its simplicity, steak frites is always a winner. Serve it up with some crunchy greens or a well-dressed salad and it becomes a healthy, all-rounder meal too.


  1. I know what I'm having for dinner today after reading this x

  2. Oh that looks delicious I’ll have to try it