This is not your typical "meat and potatoes" kind of dinner. It’s a steak that would turn heads if served at a top steakhouse. Over 2 pounds, and with a giant rib bone still attached, the Tomahawk Steak is something you have definitely seen if you have ever watched a grilling show or browsed through Instagram.
A tomahawk ribeye steak is not something you want to just throw on the grill and hope it comes out perfect. A little more technical cooking and some technology is required.
There are really two ways to properly cook a tomahawk ribeye. One is to sous vide, then sear it (like we do in this recipe). The other is to reverse sear it. We're covering the sous vide method which guarantees success, but if you want to try the reverse sear method, I cover that in my post on reverse-sear steak.
How to Sous Vide a Tomahawk Steak
Cooking perfect tomahawk steak ain't hard. No seriously, it's actually super easy and you can do it perfectly too. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
- Start with a high-quality prime grade Tomahawk Ribeye Steak that is between 2 ½ and 3 lbs and 1 ½" to 2" thick. Really any size will work though because we are cooking it sous vide. Preheat your sous vide water bath to the desired doneness. See the temperature chart for reference.
- Season liberally on all sides with kosher salt and add some fresh thyme (or your favorite fresh herbs) to each side. (skip the butter like I have in the photo)
- Vacuum seal the steak, being sure to get all the air out.
- Completely submerge in the pre-heated water bath for 2 to 3 hours. Use clips to secure it to the container or weights to keep it down.
- Remove from the bag and pat as dry as possible with paper towels to prep for searing. Season again with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Preheat the grill or a skillet on high heat. Sear on all sides for 1 to 2 minutes to brown. If using a skillet, add some high-smoke-point oil like canola to the skillet before searing.
- Carve it off the bone, slice and serve with the chimichurri compound butter.
Tomahawk Steak Doneness Temperature Chart
You know how you like your steak cooked. Just set your immersion circulator for the desired temperature and time and it will be perfect.
|125° F / 51.6° C
|2 to 3 hours
|130° F / 54.4° C
|2 to 3 hours
|140° F / 60° C
|2 to 3 hours
|160° F / 71° C
|2 to 3 hours
A note about tomahawk steaks: These steaks are delicious, showy and so much fun to throw on the grill over an open fire. However, if you are looking for value, then the tomahawk steak is not where you want to put your money. You are paying a premium for a big bone, and last time I checked, the bone itself isn't really edible. If you are looking for a showpiece steak that is something to talk about, then definitely go with a tomahawk cut for the special occasion.
The Chimichurri Compound Butter
Chimichurri sauce and steak are just meant for each other. So are butter and steak. This is the amazingness that happens when you combine the three into a chimichurri compound butter and it would also pair wonderfully with a sous vide filet mignon.
To make the compound butter, you will make a simple chimichurri sauce and combine the desired amount with softened butter. Form a log within plastic wrap and place it in the freezer to harden. Just slice off what you need and it will melt all over your delicious hot sizzling steak.
There will be plenty of chimichurri left that doesn't get used for the butter. Serve this up with the steak, grilled chicken, and just about any other grilled dish.
What to Serve With the Steak
- Cast Iron Skillet Marble Potatoes or Creamy Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes
- Sous Vide Carrots
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Grilled Broccolini
- Perfect Green Beans
Shop the Tools for the Recipe
- Anova Sous Vide Machine
- Sous Vide water bath container
- Food Saver Vacuum Sealer
- Vacuum seal bags
- Dry-Aged USDA Prime Tomahawk Steak from Snake River Farms
- Sear torch to sear the steak without a grill or skillet
- Guide to the Essential Sous Vide Accessories
More Steak You'll Love
Sous Vide Tomahawk Steak Recipe
- 1 to Tomahawk Ribeye Steak (2 to 3 lbs and 1 ½" to 2" thick prime grade preferred)
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
Chimichurri Compound butter
- ½ cup packed fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup packed fresh Italian parsley
- 2 coarsely chopped garlic clove
- 1 Fresno chili seeded and diced fine
- ½ to ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ⅛ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 small shallot chopped
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
To sous vide the steak
- Heavily season the tomahawk steak with kosher salt on all sides, add fresh herbs, then vacuum seal the steak.
- Pre-heat sous vide water bath to 130° F / 54.4° C for medium-rare, or to the desired temperature.
- Sous vide the steak for 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove the steak from the bag and pat dry with paper towels to remove moisture on the outside. Season the steak again with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper before searing.
To sear the steak
- Pre-heat grill or skillet to high.
- Sear for 1 to 2 minutes per side (including the sides) to brown.
- Slice off the bone and serve with slices of the chimichurri compound butter or with the fresh chimichurri sauce.
To make the chimichurri compound butter
- While the steak is cooking sous vide, make the chimichurri butter. Add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, chopped Fresno chili, olive oil, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, shallot and salt to a blender or food processor.
- Pulse until the ingredients are well chopped, but not completely puréed. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides to process evenly. Transfer the chimichurri to a container.
- To make the compound butter, combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of the chimichurri and the softened butter in a small bowl. Use a spatula to combine until smooth. Place the butter on a piece of plastic wrap, forming a log and completely wrapping. Transfer to the freezer to harden before slicing and serving.
- This recipe for the chimichurri compound butter makes plenty of extra chimichurri sauce that can be served with the steak or with other dishes. Completely cover and refrigeratore or freeze it for a lter use.