Want to up your sous vide cooking skills?? you’re in the right spot. Today I’ll share exactly what is a mayo sear and how to finish sous vide steak, chicken, and pork in a cast iron skillet using this technique. Scroll to the end for a step by step recipe.
What Is A Mayo Sear?
A mayo sear is a technique where you add mayo to the outside of food, specifically when it comes to finishing sous vide proteins, as you’ll see in this tutorial. The mayo helps get that steakhouse-like perfectly crusted sear on tender sous vide meats.
How To Sear Sous Vide Steak In Mayo
This demo uses sous vide NY strip steak. You can use this guide to sear many similar sized cuts like porterhouse, ribeye, t-bone steak in mayonnaise.
Once the protein is done cooking, remove it from the bag and pat it dry.
See how to smoke NY strip steaks…
How much mayo do you need?
Smear the steak with a very thin coating of mayonnaise. In my opinion, you don’t actually taste the mayo after the steak is cooked when you use a small amount, but you still benefit from the juiciness and get that tasty crisp brown crust.
Do you add seasonings?
As for seasonings, you can (but don’t have to) add a little bit of salt and pepper or other spices you’d like, which will stick nicely to the mayo, before searing the steak.
How hot do you need the pan?
Ask my husband, and he’ll say the right temperature is when the smoke alarm goes off…
But I’d say a medium high to high heat is the perfect temperature for searing the steak. Make sure to add the steak once the cast iron pan is hot.
Do you need to add oil or butter?
Since you have the mayo, using butter or oil is unnecessary. But sometimes I still add it to the pan. What can I say? I love that sizzle as the butter bubbles up against the cast iron skillet and crackles against the steak. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!
How long do you sear steak in mayo?
Not long at all! You want to barely sear the steak to prevent cooking it longer — a minute on both sides at the most. And don’t forget to crisp up those edges, too!
How do you know when it’s done?
The outside of your steak should have a perfect brown sear. You’ll want to rest the steak for at least 10 minutes before slicing it.
Want To Sous Vide Chicken With A Mayo Sear?
Follow the same directions as the sous vide steak. Personally, I find this technique tasty for sous vide chicken, but more impressive for sous vide steak.
When it comes to sous vide chicken, I usually broil it in the oven to finish it. Check out my sous vide whole chicken recipe to see how.
What About Finishing Sous Vide Pork This Way?
Yup, same thing. You can add a mayo sear to sous vide pork dishes for a flavorful crust.
Sous Vide Recipes Using A Mayo Sear
Beyond the recipes previously mentioned above, I have a few favorite dishes to recommend cooking this way.
First, check out this recipe for mayo seared sous vide hamburgers. You just can’t get a dry burger when cooked this way!
Next, I think sous vide beef kebabs are an excellent choice for grilling or searing in mayo.
And for one last recommendation before you go (because I could go on forever!), see this recipe for sous vide porterhouse steak. It’s a super special cut of meat that has both a New York strip steak and a tender chunk of filet mignon. Delish!
Find new ways to enjoy your favorite food with sous vide cooking. Get inspired with my new book – The Home Chef’s Sous Vide Cookbook.
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The Perfect Sous Vide Setup
Everyday I’m asked, “what do you need to sous vide food?”. Here’s my answer.
- A sous vide machine.
Option 1: “stick” models like the Joule, Anova, or Instant Pot Slim.
Option 2: “multipot” models like the SousPreme or InstantPot Duo Evo Plus.
- Sous vide container.
If using a sous vide “stick” model, you need something to hold the water the food cooks in, like a bucket or stockpot.
- Bags to cook sous vide food.
Keep it simple and sous vide in ziplock gallon bags, or get fancy like me with a vacuum sealer setup.
- Nice-to-have accessories for sous vide cooking.
– Sous vide weights to hold down food that floats.
– Mini mason jars for desserts and sous vide egg bites.
– Cast iron skillet to sear sous vide steaks to finish them.
- My sous vide cookbook with 100+ recipes.
Try a new sous vide recipe…
- Sous vide salmon
- Sous vide frozen steak
- See how long to sous vide chicken
- Learn how to sous vide frozen chicken breast
- Sous vide chicken wings
- Sous vide chicken breast tenders
- Sous vide pork chops
The Mayo Sear Sous Vide Technique For Beginners Recipe | Sip Bite Go
- 1 New York strip steak (or another ~2” cut ofsteak)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp mayonnaise
- Preheat the sous vide machine to your desired temperature. For a ribeye, porterhouse, or another ~2” steak, I usually choose to sous vide it for about 2.5 hours between 130-134 for medium-rare.
- Season the steak before dropping it in the sous vide bath with salt. You can add any other seasonings you’d like as well. Add it to a ziploc or vacuum sealed bag. Sous vide at your desired time and temperature.
- Once the steak is done cooking, remove it from the bag and pat it dry with a paper towel.
- Smear the steak with a very thin coating of mayonnaise on all sides. As for seasonings, you can (but don’t have to) add a little bit of salt and pepper or other spices you’d like, which will stick nicely to the mayo, before searing the steak.
- Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove to medium high. Once the cast iron pan is hot, add the mayo coated steak. Since you have the mayo, using butter or oil is unnecessary, but optional.
- Sear sous vide steak with mayo for 30-60 seconds on each side, including the edges, until a beautiful brown crust appears.
- Rest the steak for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving it.