Can I Cook Ribeye Steaks in a Crock Pot?

Prepare a slow cooker ribeye steak in the morning and have a healthy meal waiting for you after work. Add your favorite seasonings and vegetables for a complete, flavorful meal.

Rib eye steak is a tender, succulent steak cut from the outer edge of beef ribs.
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Tip

Ribeye steaks are cut from the beef ribs and are typically grilled, broiled or pan-fried, notes the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. However, you can also use a slow cooker to make a delicious ribeye steak.

Crock-Pot Ribeye Steak Recipe

Cooking ribeye roast in the slow cooker is an excellent way to prepare the meat, especially if you enjoy your steaks well done, advises Washington State University. Use a sauce to add moisture if you have a lean cut of steak.

Experiment with different sauces, seasonings and vegetables. For example, you can substitute ribeye for the flank steak in this LIVESTRONG.com recipe for steak tacos:

  1. Season 1 1/2 pounds of steak with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 gram or 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of black pepper.
  2. Empty a 16-ounce jar of tomatillo salsa into the slow cooker.
  3. Add four sliced cloves of garlic and one sliced onion.
  4. Place the seasoned steak on top of the garlic and onions.
  5. Cover and cook on low for eight hours.
  6. Shred the meat and serve with corn tortillas and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Read more: 8 Mistakes You're Making With Your Slow Cooker — and How to Avoid Them

Tip

Cooking times may vary depending on your slow cooker and the amount of food you are making. Generally, food will cook in six to 10 hours on low, advises North Dakota State University.

Safely Cook Your Ribeye

Make sure to thaw your ribeye in the refrigerator or in cold water before cooking it in the slow cooker. Using thawed meat ensures that it is thoroughly cooked. Make sure your steak is cooked to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you chop your vegetables well in advance of cooking, be sure to store them in separate containers and not in contact with raw meat. Also, be sure not to use the same knife and cutting board that you used to cut your meat, unless you have thoroughly cleaned it.

Store leftovers in a shallow container in your refrigerator within two hours as bacteria grow quickly when food is left out. Do not reheat them in the slow cooker and make sure reheated meat reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 F, advises North Dakota State University.

Read more: 11 Food-Safety Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Ribeye Steak Nutritional Information

A 100-gram serving (about 3.5 ounces) of ribeye steak contains approximately 186 calories, according to the USDA. Approximately 63 percent of those calories come from protein with the remaining calories coming from fat. You can reduce the fat in your steak by trimming away any excess before cooking your ribeye steak in the Crock-Pot.

Your steak meal also provides a number of important vitamins and minerals, including:

  • 3.6 milligrams or 20 percent of the daily value (DV) of iron
  • 11 milligrams or 100 percent of the DV of zinc
  • 383 milligrams or 8 percent of the DV of potassium
  • 27 milligrams or 6 percent of the DV of magnesium
  • 3.4 micrograms or 142 percent of the DV of vitamin B12

Round out your meal with some healthy vegetables cooked in the slow cooker such as corn, peppers, potatoes and onions. Or just add a delicious salad to your meal with plenty of leafy greens and your choice of vegetables and toppings such as tomatoes, mushrooms, sunflower seeds or feta cheese.

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