Ribeye Cap steak with Artichoke and fennel

Ribeye Cap steak with Artichoke and fennel

Try this amazing snake river farms ribeye cap steak with artichokes, fennel, and browned butter sauce.

This is one of the only few dishes I made this summer that I didn’t lose on my phone.  

I had about a dozen recipes that I lost all because I didn’t back it up; which is technology for you.  Stinks because I had some really great dishes with black summer truffles and toro.  

But I guess I’ll just have to do them all over again.  This one I did salvage and boy was it a winner! Not for the faint of heart especially when it comes to your wallet.  One of the great advantages of working with my employer is they don’t mind spending a little extra on the gourmet items.  

Snake River Farms is where I get my American kobe beef from and if you haven’t had it before you need to try it! Their reputation is known throughout the culinary world including the top 3 star michelin restaurants in the country.

Well I ended up ordering two Gold grade ribeye cap steaks and two gold grade briskets.  The briskets where out of this world good but that’s for another post.  This recipe is all about cap.  One of the most tender and flavorful parts of the whole cow in my opinion.  You don’t want to overdo this cut because you really want to taste the beef.  Here is the ribeye steak recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Snake River Kobe Ribeye Cap with Fennel, Onion and Artichokes


  • 1 1/2 lb whole ribeye cap (cut into 6  4 oz pieces (depending on size))
  • 3 tbsp butter ((any compound butter would be great ex. truffle, olive, herb, marrow etc.))


  • 5 whole baby artichokes (cleaned and cooked)
  • 10 whole pearl onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Fennel Espuma

  • 2 fennel bulbs (core removed and sliced thin)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus 1 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 isi cartridges
  • salt (and pepper to taste)

Fried Shallots

  • 4 shallots (shaved thin)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp cajun seasoning ((blackening))
  • 2 cup oil (for frying)

Browned Butter Reduction Sauce 

  • 8 cup chicken stock
  • 1 stick butter (browned)
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • salt (to taste)

For the Kobe Ribeye Cap

  1. Trim the cap of any excess fat, and then cut into 4 oz portions.  Place in a cryovac bag with any flavored butter of your choice or just plain butter with a tsp of truffle oil (optional).  Seal the bag air tight and place into a water bath at 125 degrees for 35 minutes.  Then take out and let it rest.

For the Pearl Onions

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.  Take the pearl onions and cut them in half lengthwise.  Then in a small oven proof pan add oil.  Then place the onions face down into the pan along with the rosemary.  

    Sear for 2-3 minutes and then place in the oven.  Cook for 15-20 minutes until the onions are soft and caramelized.  When cooled you can take the out peel off of the onion and separate the individual layers of the onions.  Set aside for later

For the Fennel Espuma

  1. Add 1 tbsp of butter along with 1 tbsp of olive oil in a small sauce pot.  Then add the sliced fennel to the pot.  Season the fennel with salt and place a lid on top of the pot.   Sweat the fennel for 15-20 minutes until tender.  

    Keep the heat on medium and shake the pot and lid every 3 minutes to make sure there is nothing burning or caramelizing.  You don't want to brown the fennel just sweat in its own juices.  When tender pour all of the contents into a vitamix.  Add cream and puree until smooth.  

    Add the remaining butter and slowly drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify the puree.  Season with salt and pepper and pour into a isi container.  Charge with two cartridges and keep warm in a water bath.

For the Fried Shallots

  1. Simply toss shallots in the seasoned flour and fry in oil at 325 degrees until golden brown.  Strain off on paper towel and season with salt. (Alternatively you could add the onions to buttermilk first and then into the flower before you fry them).  Keep warm until ready to serve.  

For the Reduction sauce

  1. Place 8 cups of chicken stock in a pot and reduce down until you 1 1/2 cups.  Meanwhile brown 1 stick of butter and keep warm.  Pour the reduced chicken stock into a vita mix and turn on medium low.  

    While the blender is running pour in the browned butter and vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside and keep warm.  ( you can add a touch of soy lecithin to help with froth)

To Finish

  1. Take the ribeye cap out of the bags and season aggressively with salt and pepper.  In a hot cast iron skillet add a little oil to the pan and sear the meat on both sides for 3 minutes.  

    A natural crust should form from the amount of marbling in the meat.  Meanwhile heat up the onions, and artichokes in the oven until they are just hot.  

    Using the whipping canister add the fennel espuma (foam) to the plate.  Then place the vegetables on top.  Add the meat to the plate.  

    Froth the browned butter sauce with a hand blender and pour over top the steak.  Finish with the fried shallots, borage and micro chervil.  Serve and Enjoy!

    ribeye cap


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