MLA Pan-Seared Australian Beef Rib Eye with Cabernet Sauce and Pear Risotto

  • Prep time 20Min
  • Cook time 20Min
  • Technique Pan Fry / Saute, Sear
  • Meat Beef
  • Cut Rib Eye
  • Serves 6

Recipes like this Pan-Seared Australian Beef Rib Eye with Carbernet Sauce and Pear Risotto make it easy to cook your natural beef!


4 Australian beef rib eye steaks, trimmed
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup Cabernet Sauvignon (or Shiraz)
¼ cup beef broth

Pear Risotto:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 spring onions, chopped
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
1 large pear, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
1 cup white wine (try a rich Chardonnay)
4 cups hot chicken stock
white pepper to taste


Season steak to taste and let come to room temperature.

To prepare risotto, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 1 minute or until starting to soften, but not brown. Add rice and pear and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until rice is well coated. Pour in wine, stirring until all liquid is absorbed.

Reduce heat to low-medium, add chicken stock a ladle at a time, stirring constantly and allowing all liquid to be absorbed before adding the next ladleful. Continue until rice is creamy and al dente, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and season with pepper. Cover and allow to rest 2-3 minutes before serving.

While risotto is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat and cook beef 1-2 minutes each side. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook beef 3-4 minutes or to your liking.

Transfer to a heated plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Pour wine and broth into pan and simmer over medium high heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.

To Serve: Spoon risotto into large bowls. Slice steaks, arrange over risotto, then pour over the wine reduction. Serve with more of the Cabernet and a large green salad.

Cooking with Cast Iron Tips 

  • Start with a clean, well-seasoned pan. Spray or brush on oil to cat the pan while it is cold.
  • Heat pan on LOW heat as you are preparing your ingredients and increase to MEDIUM-HIGH when ready to cook. This will ensure your cast iron pan is heated evenly.
  • For a nice golden-brown crust: Once heated, use a bit more oil to coat the pan for more marbled cuts. For leaner cuts, you may need to use a bit more oil. The oil around the steak should be gently bubbling and not dry.
  • Use a steak weight to encourage even cooking across the surface of the steak.
  • Do not use acidic ingredients (citrus, tomatoes, vinegars etc.) while cooking in cast iron, as this will ruin the seasoning of your pan and cause foods to taste metallic.