Steak Tip Risotto

Steak Tip Risotto I love a good grilled steak.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s virtually impossible to top a juicy grilled steak with a flavorful, crispy crust from the grill.  Whenever my wife and I go out for a special dinner, you can almost always count on me ordering a steak.  And no surprise here…it’s fairly common for delicious steaks to show up on the back deck during grilling season.  (How do you like your steak?  Classic or as a Steak Sandwich?)  But, alas, it’s not grilling season right now.  In fact, I think the grill is currently buried under about 12″ of snow.  But the weather hasn’t stopped me from enjoying steak!  Instead, I whipped up this tasty Steak Tip Risotto the other night, and I’m here to tell ya that it is one mighty tasty meal.  In fact, I’d venture to say that this Steak Tip Risotto has earned a spot in my list of top winter comfort-food meals!

Steak Tip Risotto Risotto is one of those dishes that people often shy away from making at home.  But it’s really not all that hard to make!  Yes, it can be easily overcooked and taste like mush, but it just requires a bit of attention to cook perfect risotto at home!  Here are a couple of tips that I’ve learned:

  • Have everything measured and ready to go!  Risotto can be easily overcooked, so you don’t want to be running around the kitchen measuring other ingredients once the risotto goes on the stove.  Plus, you’ll be a much happier chef if everything is already measured out and ready to go!
  • Use warm stock.  Pouring cold stock into the pan with the risotto will just slow down the cooking process…increasing the likelihood of mushy risotto.  Instead, warm the stock to a simmer prior to adding it to the risotto.
  • Add stock to the risotto slowly.  It’s tempting to just pour all of the stock in, but you might overdo it.  The extra liquid will just make the risotto…you guessed it…mushy.  Instead, add about 1 cup of stock at a time until the risotto won’t absorb any more.
  • Serve immediately.  Risotto is unfortunately not a dish that can be made in advance and then pulled out for the dinner party.  So make sure the table is set and everyone is ready as the risotto nears completion.

Steak Tip Risotto This Steak Tip Risotto is what my wife calls “restaurant-quality,” and I have to agree with her on this one!  So if you want to make a special meal at home to surprise a loved one (or just for yourself), then this Steak Tip Risotto is a good place to start!

Steak Tip Risotto


  • 4-5 cups stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable all work. I personally like chicken stock for this dish.)
  • 1 pound steak tips
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup arborio style rice (see note)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-2 tsp black truffle oil (optional, see note)


  1. Using a medium saucepan, heat the stock over medium heat until simmering. (Tip: the stock should be hot, but not boiling.)
  2. Meanwhile, cook steak tips to desired doneness and allows tips to rest at room temperature until risotto is done. (Note: I prefer using a cast iron pan when cooking steak tips indoors.)
  3. While the steak tips are cooking, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a deep saute pan. Add the diced onion and saute until onion turns translucent in color (~5-7 minutes).
  4. Add arborio rice and stir until all grains are coated with olive oil. Add 1 cup of hot stock and stir until liquid is fully absorbed. Continue adding 1 cup of stock at a time and stirring until each addition is fully absorbed. This stage should take ~20 minutes total.
  5. Remove rice from heat and stir in grated Parmesan cheese. Finish with a drizzle of black truffle oil (optional). Place cooked steak tips on top of risotto and serve immediately.


Arborio or "risotto" rice is essential for this recipe. Risotto will not work with other common types of rice.

Black truffle oil can be found in specialty food stores or perhaps in your local market. A little bit goes a long way, and it adds a deep flavor to this dish that makes it well worth the effort of finding the oil if you don't already have it!


  1. I used to be scared of making risotto simply because I watch a lot of cooking competitions, and a lot of chefs go home for poor risotto. Turns out it’s because they are too busy multitasking and competing to pay attention. I love making risotto at home, and I’ll have to give your steak tip one a try!

    • You are so right…so many chefs get sent home on cooking competitions due to risotto! But I think you’ve nailed it…they are trying to do 87 things at once, and risotto really just requires it’s own special attention. So worth the effort, though!

  2. Love getting risotto at the restaurant… May have to give it a try at home with your tips :)

    • Hey Laura! Risotto is one of my favorite ‘special’ meals…it does require some attention while you’re making it, but it is so worth the effort. I hope you enjoy!!

  3. Wow, I can see why your wife calls this dish “restaurant-quality”. I love the idea of using steak tip in risotto. Delicious and pinned! :)

  4. I always wondered how to make Risotto since watching “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay.

    It seems it is always one of the appetizers on that show.

    Thanks for posting the recipe!


    • No problem, Sue Ann! It’s an easy recipe…but it does require steady attention once you start cooking it. Totally worth the effort, though!!

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