5 Best 30-minute Dinner Recipes

For Two: Steaks with Zesty Merlot Sauce

Serves: Two

Time: Approximately 25 minutes

What's better than a delicious, intimate dinner for two? A delicious, intimate dinner for two that practically cooks itself and actually requires you open a bottle of wine.

This dish is special enough for candlelight (rib-eye is, after all, something of a splurge), serves two, and takes less than 25 minutes to prepare and cook to perfection.

Here we go:


  • 1/2 cup merlot wine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 beef ribeye steaks (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


Combine wine, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, bouillon granules and thyme; set aside.

Heat large nonstick skillet over high heat until hot. Add steaks; cook 3 minutes on each side. Turn steaks again and cook 3 to 6 minutes longer over medium heat or until desired doneness.

Cut steaks in half; arrange on oven-safe serving platter. Place in warm oven.

Add wine mixture to same skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute, scraping up any brown bits.

Remove steaks from oven. Spoon wine mixture over steaks. Sprinkle with parsley; serve immediately.

An arugula-and-apple salad, French baguette and the rest of that bottle of merlot make excellent accompaniments for this zingy dish.

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