Slowly Cooking A Juicy Steak To Medium-Rare In Oven

This article explain how to slow cook a steak in oven to medium-rare level of doneness.

Low and slow – that’s how, in my opinion, every steak should be made!


A steak full of flavor & tenderness...thanks to slow cooking!
A steak full of flavor & tenderness…thanks to slow cooking!



Now I am going to share my own experience of how to do it the best way possible.

Here is what you will see below:

So let’s begin, shall we? 😉


Why Cook Steak at Low Heat

Indeed, after all no ‘cooking suggestion’ from any steak package never mentions this method. But it is a real deal! So, what’s about it?

Gentle temperature helps to gradually cook meat and break down collagen, which is a protein found in tough connective tissue.

This effect has two main consequences.

First – the steak becomes more tender than it would have been, because collagen is what makes tougher and cheaper cuts (like brisket) tougher and…well, cheaper.

Second – collagen, when it’s broken down, releases a lot of beefy, meaty flavor. That’s why stews taste so ‘rich’ and delicious.

To sum up, we use low-heat roasting to tenderize steak and develop more flavor.

Now, what are the best cuts for slow roasting?


Best Cuts for Low & Slow Roasting

As I already mentioned, any steak will benefit from low-heat cooking, but some will need it more than others.

As a rule of thumb any tougher and cheaper cut should be prepared at lower heat.

You can also marinate them for even more flavor.

Among them:

And how does it work? See below!

Pro Tip: Marinating is a good way to tenderize a tough steak’s surface – see this quick marinating guide to get started.


How to Slow Cook Steak in Oven – 6 Steps

A great thing about this technique – it’s very simple and works all the time.

I use a ‘plain’ salt & pepper recipe to illustrate the method better.

Here is what you need:

Add tools for oven:

Step 1: Bring the Steak to Room Temperature

Leave the steak at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before cooking.

Step 2: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 90-130C / 190-270F.

I use 90-100C setting – it gives the best results, but takes the most time.

You can slightly increase the temperature, if you need it made quicker. That’s totally fine, if you only need to cook steak to medium-rare (or higher level of doneness).

However if you think about 5-8-hour baking, then use 90C / 190F temperature setting – otherwise meat will end up overcooked.