Cowboy Steak With Chimichurri Sauce

Ever tried cowboy steak? It’s a beef rib-eye steak that’s Frenched so the bone sticks out. Sear it first, then finish on low heat. Serve with a spicy herb and garlic chimichurri sauce.

A fork holding a piece of cowboy ribeye steak set next to more slices on a baking sheet.
Ciara Kehoe

What is Cowboy Steak?

The first time I saw a "cowboy steak" at our local butcher, all I could think was, "Wow, that's one BIG steak!"

Looking like a two-inch thick ping-pong paddle made of steak, the cowboy cut of steak is actually a beef rib-eye, with the bone Frenched. So that if you were the cowboy eating this steak, you could just hold it by the bone. (So, cowboys don't use forks and knives?)

I can just see Marlboro Man now, sitting by the campfire, tin coffee cup in one hand, cowboy steak in the other.

Or maybe it's just a marketing ploy to sell more steak.

A cowboy ribeye steak sliced on a baking sheet
Ciara Kehoe

Why Cowboy Steak? Bone-in Flavor!

In any case, we love cooking bone-in meat for the flavor, and this is a very flavorful cut. We marinated the steak in, and served it with, an Argentinean chimichurri sauce. Appropriate because, as you know, Argentina is home to the famed gauchos, South American cowboys.

Have you ever prepared a cowboy steak? If so, what's your favorite way of doing so? Please let us know in the comments.


Watch This Cowboy Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Troubleshooting Tips for Cooking the Steak

  • Make sure the steak is at room temperature before cooking.
  • Regardless of how you cook the steak, make sure you cook it slow and steady.
  • After cooking, let the meat rest for about 10 minutes, so that the juices flow back into the meat before cutting.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Cowboy Steak With Chimichurri Sauce

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinating Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

A cowboy steak is a rather thick (2 inches) cut of meat. It lends itself well to searing first, to get browning, then slower cooking with either indirect heat on the grill, or in the oven.

If you can't find a cowboy steak, you can substitute with a regular thick rib-eye or any other marbled steak that's about 2 inches thick. Best to get a bone-in cut for the best flavor.



  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh flat leaf parsley, thick stems removed

  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic

  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves

  • 3 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 (2-pound) "cowboy steak", or other 2-inch thick bone-in beef rib steak

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the chimichurri:

    Finely chop the parsley, garlic, and oregano (can do with a food processor), and place in a small bowl.

    Stir in the vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

    Set aside two thirds of the sauce for serving with the steak. (Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature while you cook the steak). Use the remaining third of the sauce for the marinade.

    Chimichurri sauce in a bowl with a spoon.
    Ciara Kehoe
  2. Marinate the steak:

    Place steak in a bowl or large zip-top bag. Take about a third of the prepared chimichurri sauce and coat the steak.

    Cover completely with plastic wrap or remove air from zip-top bag and close securely. Let steak marinate for several hours.

    Remove steak from the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking, so that it gets close to room temperature before cooking.

    Right before cooking, wipe off marinade from steak and sprinkle steak generously with salt and pepper.

    Chimichurri sauce spread on top of a cowboy steak in a baking dish.
    Ciara Kehoe
  3. Cook the steak on the grill, stovetop, or oven:

    Grilling Instructions:

    Prepare grill so that one side has high, direct heat and another side has indirect heat. Brush grill grates with vegetable oil. Place steak first on the side of the grill with high, direct heat, so that it sears. Grill for a minute or two on each side, enough to brown the meat.

    Then transfer the steak to the indirect heat side of the grill. Cover the grill, try to maintain a grill temperature of 350°F. Cook for 5-10 minutes (or more) until the steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness.

    You can use the finger test to check for doneness, or a meat thermometer. For rare, pull the meat off the grill at an internal temp of 120°F. For medium rare, 125 to 130°F.

    Remove the meat to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

    Stovetop/Oven Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high to high heat. Hold the steak fat-side down to render a little of the fat into the pan. Then, sear each side until nicely browned, about a minute or two each.

    Transfer the steak to the oven (if using cast iron pan, can place the whole pan in the oven) to finish to desired doneness, anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of the steak and how well done you like it.

    You can use the finger test to check for doneness, or a meat thermometer. For rare, pull the meat out of the oven at an internal temp of 120°F. For medium rare, 125 to 130°F.

    Remove the meat to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

    A cowboy steak cooking on the grill.
    Ciara Kehoe
  4. Serve:

    Serve the steak with the remaining chimichurri sauce on the side.

    Overhead view of a plate of sliced cowboy steak.
    Ciara Kehoe
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
888 Calories
69g Fat
3g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 888
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69g 89%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Cholesterol 220mg 73%
Sodium 1004mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 34mg 170%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 880mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.