Sous Vide Tri Tip Steak is a mouthwatering recipe easy enough to make for a quick weeknight dinner. Covered in a delicious, creamy cilantro sauce, this cast-iron finish sous vide tri tip steak recipe has become a my go to when I'm craving a savory, restaurant-quality meal.
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Main Dish, Sauce
While the sous vide bath preheats, season tri tip with garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Vacuum-seal tri tip in a flat layer and drop the bag in the sous vide bath at 130ºF for 2 hours.
While the sous vide tri tip cooks in the water bath, make the cilantro sauce. Add garlic and olive oil to a pan on medium heat. Sauté for 30-60 seconds, stirring regularly until garlic is roasted. Pull from heat when it is translucent and before it turns brown. Next, add sour cream, chopped cilantro, roasted garlic olive oil, lime zest, lime juice and spices to a small blender. Blend about 10-20 seconds until smoothly combined. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
When tri tip is done cooking, set up an ice bath by adding ice and cold water to a large bowl. Remove tri-tip from the hot sous vide water and shock it in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes.
Remove tri-tip from the bag and pat dry.
Choose a finishing method:Finish Option 1: Sear finish sous vide tri tip in a cast iron skillet... heat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high and add olive oil. Sear one side of the tri tip about 30 to 60 seconds, turning regularly to brown each side. Remove from heat when a brown crust forms on each side, including the edges. Finish Option 2: Grill sous vide tri tip…. Brush olive oil on the outside of the cooked sous vide tri tip. Heat grill to high heat, 500 degrees was the temperature for this recipe. Once the grill is hot, add sous vide tri tip and grill with the cover closed, until grill marks appear. Flip and repeat. You can quickly grill on each side again, to get criss-cross grill marks.
Transfer finished sous vide tri tip to a cutting board and rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sauce.
For even more flavor, sous vide pre-marinated tri tip - set up a steak marinade a few hours in advance.