Steak Tips with Red Wine Sauce and Baby Potatoes


This time of year after the holidays, my favorite meals are usually ones perfect for colder nights, on the simpler side, and a good mix of satisfying and nourishing. While I do love to make sure I'm eating lots of healthy and nutritious foods, even in January I never see any excuse for not having delicious dinners every night of the week!

A simple and delicious winter meal

A perfect example of that is these steak tips with red wine sauce and baby potatoes. This meal is simple, extra delicious, and pretty light. It would be perfect with a side salad or some broccoli, or delicious on its own. Even after the holidays are over something about winter always seems a little fancy to me, so plating this simple dinner on a pretty plate is the perfect way to add a little excitement to any January night!

Steak tips

What makes steak tips the perfect winter dinner?

I have recently decided that steak tips are absolutely perfect for a winter dinner, and while they may inherently seem summery and best grilled, this recipe will change your mind and make you want to eat steak tips all year long! This recipe is truly perfect for January because it's...

  1. a little fancy - to fight any post-holiday slump, I love to pull out some of my fancier plates and make a dinner that adds a little excitement to the week, or even for Valentine's Day!
  2. cozy - it's finally freezing here in Massachusetts so a nice, warm, January dinner has been calling my name lately
  3. simple - after the busy holiday season, simple and easy recipes are usually my favorites

Rosemary red wine sauce

Where to start?

You'll want to start by mixing together the simple and delicious marinade! I find that most steak cuts like steak tips become extra tasty even with a quick marinade, and this marinade is a simple mix of pantry staples, which makes it even easier. In a large bowl, add the steak tips, 4 teaspoons of the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, the dried thyme, and some salt and pepper. My two favorites here are obviously the balsam and dried thyme, which really shine through once the steak tips are cooked!

While those tips are marinating, you can go ahead and make the baby potatoes. I think we can all agree how potatoes are often the perfect side, especially for steak! While with a sirloin or another whole steak, mashed potatoes may seem best, these steak tips pair perfectly with some fun baby potatoes. With a little olive oil and some salt and pepper, these baby potatoes are popped in the oven for just 20-30 minutes until they're golden and fork tender. My only suggestion for these baby potatoes is spreading them on multiple baking sheets if needed so they have a little space to crisp up.

Steak tips and baby potatoes

Once the steak tips have marinated, it's time to cook them up! If you're like how I used to be and slightly intimidated by cooking any kind of steak inside, it's actually so easy, and super quick too! You'll heat some olive oil in a large skillet, until it's almost smoking. While it may seem like the oil is getting too hot, this is really key to creating the slightly charred edges reminiscent of cooking the steak tips on a grill. Add the steak tips in a single layer, searing them in batches if they seem like they'll be too crowded in the skillet. Let them sear for 2-3 minutes on the first side before flipping, then flip each of them so that each exposed side gets a good sear. Don't be afraid to pull out a meat thermometer, especially with something that cooks as quickly as a steak tip, because no one likes them overdone! (Well, almost no one). Also be mindful of the size of each of them in case some are smaller than others and need to be pulled out quicker. Once almost cooked to your liking, remove them to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Cut steak tips with baby potatoes

What's going into the wine sauce?

This sauce is my absolute favorite part of this recipe, and while you may picture taking a steak tip and dunking it in barbecue sauce, after pouring this red wine sauce over them, you may never look back. All you'll need is-

  • butter - just a little to make this sauce perfectly rich
  • shallots - my favorite in any sauce, especially finely chopped
  • garlic - of course!
  • rosemary - lots of fresh rosemary, which is the perfect winter herb for this steak dish
  • red wine - makes for the richest and most delicious sauce, and helps to deglaze the pan!
  • beef broth - a splash is perfect for thinning out the sauce if needed

Steak tips with potatoes and red wine sauce

How do you make the red wine sauce?

Making this sauce is so simple, and the best part is you can make it in the same skillet that you used to cook the steak tips. Nothing better than less dishes, especially if you're a little tired after the holidays like me! Making the sauce is as easy as-

  1. Melting the butter in the skillet
  2. Adding the chopped shallots, sauteing them for 3-4 minutes until they're softened, then adding some garlic, rosemary, and salt and pepper
  3. Increasing the heat to high, adding the red wine, and scraping up any bits from the bottom of the skillet
  4. Simmering for a few minutes until the wine reduces and the sauce thickens, adding a splash of beef broth to thin it if needed

Steak tips with red wine sauce and baby potatoes

In just an hour and a half (including marinating time!) you'll have this slightly fancy, slightly cozy, perfect for winter, healthier homemade dinner. Pour the wine sauce over the steak tips, serve with baby potatoes, sprinkle with sea salt, and enjoy!

Recipe Details:

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Steak Tips with Red Wine Sauce and Baby Potatoes

These steak tips with red wine sauce are slightly fancy, extra cozy, and the perfect healthier but delicious winter meal, served best with baby potatoes and extra fresh rosemary.



  • 16 ounces steak tips
  • 12 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine, dry
  • 1/4-1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add steak tips, 4 teaspoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried thyme, kosher salt, and black pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Add baby potatoes, drizzle with 4 teaspoons olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If the potatoes are crowded, spread them between multiple baking sheets. Place on center rack of oven and roast for 20-30 minutes until fork tender.
  4. Heat remaining 4 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Remove steak from marinade and add to the skillet in a single layer (in batches if needed). Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. You may need to remove the smaller pieces first if they aren't all cut in the same size. Remove to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium and add the butter to the same skillet. Add chopped shallots and sauté until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper, cooking for an additional minute. Increase heat to high, add red wine, and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until wine reduces by about half and begins to thicken. If sauce becomes too thick, whisk in 1/4-1/2 cup beef broth to thin it.
  6. Plate steak tips, top with red wine sauce and additional salt and pepper, and serve immediately with baby potatoes.

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