Pan-Seared New York Steak For Dogs Recipe

July 19th, 2020

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Important: This steak recipe is not for all dogs! Because we are using a considerable amount of oil to sear and cook the steak, this can add a lot of extra fat and calories. Also, your dog may get stomach upset, just because of how different this is from your typical meal.

We recommend saving this recipe for those special occasions!

Our choice of meat is a New York steak. For the side dishes, we have some spinach and red bell peppers.

Because we’re assuming you’re not feeding this recipe to your dog everyday, we decided on spinach as a natural complement to steak here. Typically, you probably shouldn’t feed your dog too much spinach; feel free to substitute this with green beans (We cover green beans in this boiled chicken recipe).

Ready to spoil your pup? Let’s go!

Pan-Seared New York Steak For Dogs - Recipe

A title infographic describing how to pan-sear New York Strip Steak for dogs.

Regarding Portioning

Usually for our recipes, we base portions off a daily intake of 1,000 calories, which is around what Yuna consumes in a day as a 58 pound Lab.

Since we feed her twice a day, this means that each meal contains approximately 500 calories.

However, this time, as we are dealing with a New York Strip steak which can vary more in calories depending on quality of the cut, we are just going to recommend about 8oz of meat here.

According to MyFitnessPal, an 8.5 oz cut of New York Strip will run your dog about 550 calories.

Scale this up or down proportionately depending on your dog’s typical calorie intake!


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Time To Cook!

The following procedure will make one delicious steak dinner for your dogs!

1. New York Steak

Let’s talk about the meat first. Before doing anything with it, make sure the steak is entirely defrosted, otherwise it will cook very unevenly!

If you need to quickly defrost your steak, the best way would be to put them in airtight plastic bags and submerge them in cold water for about an hour.

Ideally, 24 hours before cooking the steak, you move it from the freezer to the fridge to slowly defrost.

And even after this defrosting process, we recommend leaving the steak out at room temperature at least another 20-30 minutes before cooking (you can boil the veggies while waiting!)

Once your meat is ready, depending on your cut, I would highly recommend cutting off and throwing away any of the fatty portions. We want the meat to still be as lean as possible.

After cutting off the real fatty parts, the meat weighed in just under 8 ounces.

We’ll be pan-searing this steak today, so bring a pan to medium-high heat. Once your pan is hot, add about a tablespoon and a half of oil and allow that to heat up for about 30 seconds.

Set your steak in the pan and let it sizzle. Be careful of oil splatter! It’s normal because of the fat and juices in the steak.

Cook each side on medium-high for about 4-5 minutes. This should nicely sear the steak and bring out that beautiful brown color.

After each side is nicely seared, the steak should be somewhere between rare and medium rare inside (internal temperature about 135 F).

We highly recommend a meat thermometer for this.

I usually turn the heat to medium or medium-low at this point, and continue to grill each side for about 2 minutes each, to bring it up to a medium (internal temperature about 140F). As long as the steak is at least medium rare, this perfect for dogs.

Once you’re satisfied, remove the steaks from the pan and set them aside for about a minute. You can choose to use a paper towel to gently pat down the steaks to remove any excess oil and fat.

Make sure the steak cools down before serving!

2. Spinach

Take about a small handful of spinach and wash it thoroughly.

Toss the spinach into a pot of boiling water for about 4-5 minutes, until the spinach softens.

Remove from the pot, drain, and allow to cool.

3. Bell Peppers

De-seed and dice a bell pepper–we’re using a red one here.

Toss the diced bell peppers into boiling water for about 5 minutes, to cook and soften. This will retain its crunchiness–cook for 7-10 minutes to more fully soften.

Remove from the pot, drain, and allow to cool.


  • New York Steak: 8oz (~500+ kCal)
  • Spinach: ½ cup (~20 kCal)
  • Red Bell Pepper: ½ cup (~27 kCal)

And that’s it! A special five star steak dinner experience for your special pup.

An infographic showing all ingredients and calorie content in a bowl of New York Strip Steak and boiled spianch and bell peppers for dogs.

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