How to Braise Mock Tender Steaks

Mock tender steak is known by many different names. According to the Texas Beef Council, grocery stores can label it as chuck eye steak, chuck filet steak, chuck tender steak or fish steak. The steak is cut from the mock tender roast, which comes from the chuck part of the cow. It is a naturally tougher meat and is best cooked through moist methods that tenderize the meat without drying it out. Braising is an ideal method for preparing this food.

Chuck eye steaks on a tray. (Image: Tirachard/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Preheat a frying pan to high heat. Place a small amount of cooking oil in the pan and allow it to heat up.

Step 2

Place the mock tender steak in the pan and sear it on both sides for about 30 seconds each.

Step 3

Pour about 1/2 cup of braising fluid -- you can use water, broth, wine or beer -- into the pan.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to a simmer and place a lid over the frying pan. Ensure that the lid fits tightly to keep the fluid from evaporating while the meat cooks.

Step 5

Let the meat simmer in the braising juices for 90 minutes to 2-1/2 hours for every 2 inches of thickness. Avoid removing the lid from the pan because that releases heat and moisture.

Step 6

Remove the meat from the frying pan and serve.

Things You'll Need

  • Frying pan

  • Lid

  • Cooking oil

  • Mock tender steak

  • Braising fluid

Tip

If you are concerned about whether your meat is fully cooked, take the internal temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer. Cook the steaks to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Load Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.