Chef Jernard Shares Keys To The Perfect Steak Recipe

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There’s nothing like a perfectly cooked steak. 

When you find the perfect recipe, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. With the holidays fast approaching and more people gathered around the table, it doesn’t hurt to break out your steak knives.

For the meat-eaters who won’t be satisfied without a good slab of steak in the near future, this one is for you. Jernard Wells, the renowned executive chef who has traveled the world cooking for the likes of people like Tyler Perry, is showing us how to make Ribeye steaks with a sweet Whiskey glaze.

The Mississippi native who calls himself “The Chef of Love” after being married for 16 years with nine children, is giving us a restaurant-quality recipe that will leave you wanting to lick the plate. 

Don’t do that in front of mixed company. We do hope you try this recipe and let us know what you think!

Black & Pink Peppercorn Crusted Petite Filet with Whisky Glaze

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jernard Wells

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Jernard Wells
4 (4-ounce) petite filets
Kosher salt
½ cup pink and black peppercorns *you can buy these pre-mixed
¼ cup olive oil
6 large garlic cloves, divided
4 tablespoons butter, divided
3 sprigs fresh thyme
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ cup brown sugar
½ -¾ cup Tennessee whisky
Cracked black pepper


  1. Pour the peppercorns into a large bowl. With your fingertips, press down on
    the peppercorns to break up the pink ones a little. Press the steaks into the
    peppercorns so they are coated in them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium high until the oil
    starts to smoke slightly.
  3. Roughly chop 3 garlic cloves and add them to the hot oil. After a few
    seconds, the garlic should start to brown. Carefully place the steaks in the
    pan—some of the peppercorns will fall off, but try not to lose too many. Sear
    for about 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip them over and sear for roughly
    the same time on the other side.
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  4. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, thyme, rosemary, and the remaining 3 cloves of
    garlic to the pan and continue searing the steak until golden brown on the
    other side.
  5. Carefully tilt the pan (wrap a towel around the handle if needed) to gather
    the sauce at one corner. With a large spoon, baste each steak with the hot
    bubbly butter. Cook until desired internal temperature is reached. Medium
    rare 130 to 135 degrees, medium 135 to 145 degrees, well done 155 to 160
  6. Remove the steaks, herbs, and garlic from the skillet and allow the steaks to
    rest on a plate for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pan and melt over medium
    high to high heat, making sure not to burn.
  8. Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve into the butter. Carefully pour in the
    whisky and stir to combine. The sauce should start bubbling; lower the heat
    to medium, simmer and let the sauce reduce for 2-3 minutes. You will know
    when the sauce is ready when it appears thick and glossy.
  9. Lay the steaks on a serving platter and pour some of the whiskey glaze over
    top. Serve with Decadent Creamed Spinach and extra glaze on the side

Need some extra help with that whiskey glaze? Chef Jernard is walking us through the steps in the video below:

You can watch Chef Jernard add his Ribeye steaks to an amazing Surf and Turf on his show NEW SOUL KITCHEN every Wednesday at 9:30 P.M. EST/8C on CLEO TV. For more information about CLEO TV click HERE.

Our friends over at CLEO TV never disappoint when it comes to a good meal. Check out Chef Bren Herrera’s dumpling recipe HERE if you don’t believe us.

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