Steak in a Jar

When I first saw this method of cooking a steak on Kadir Barcin’s YouTube channel, I was a bit confounded because I thought to myself “won’t that glass break?”

But when I thought about it a little more, I realized that as long as you use a canning jar or a Ball jar which are made specifically for preserving jams and jellies in a high liquid heat environment, you should be all right.

By using these sealed jars you are creating a vacuum which allows you to preserve your summer harvest, giving you peaches or strawberry jam in winter — not only a bit of color, but some much needed vitamin C as well. 

This same process can also be used to preserve meats. Now since I’m not planning on preserving the meat in my cellar over winter, but instead eating it right away, it’s not critical that I maintain a high pressure seal. (The USDA recommends that preserved meats be processed under high pressure to ensure that any pathogens be killed.) 

So all you’ll need for this recipe is a ribeye steak (a one-pounder will do) kosher salt, pepper, a bay leaf, a couple cloves of fresh garlic, half a small onion, some cherry tomatoes if you have them, and finally some dried thyme and paprika.

So pretty simple in terms of ingredients. And the cooking process itself couldn’t be any easier. So get yourself a canning jar with lid and let’s cook ourselves a steak in a jar!

Cooking a steak in a glass jar.

How to Cook a Steak in a Jar

I saw a video demonstrating this cooking method and I had to try it out for myself.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 2
Calories 565 kcal


  • 1 quart mason jar


  • 1 lb. rib eye steak well marbled
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion small
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  • Cover both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.
  • Place the seasoned steak into the mason jar. Add all of the other ingredients.
  • Seal the jar with the lid and but not too tightly.
  • Line a deep saucepan or a pot with a cloth napkin or dishcloth. Add the jar.
  • Fill the pot with boiling water so that 2/3 of the jar is submerged.
  • Bring the water up to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer.
  • Cook for 3-3 1/2 hours.
  • Using pot holders remove the jar and unseal. Pour the steak out onto a shallow dish and serve with a crusty loaf of bread.


This recipe was inspired by Kadir Barcin’s video: 
This recipe is to only cook the beef and is not intended for preservation. For food safety reasons meat must be canning  under pressure following these guidelines. 


Calories: 565kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 47gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 601mgPotassium: 752mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 6mg
Keyword beef, steak
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10 thoughts on “Steak in a Jar”

  1. 5 stars
    Came out amazing. Very tender and flavorful. For those asking about potatoes and carrots… Idid two jars with steaks and a third with 10 b size red potatoes and 12 baby carrots 3 tbsp water 2 cloves garlic salt pepper and 2 tsp olive oil. Cooked for the same time as steak jars. Came out delish.

  2. David M. Ottaway

    5 stars
    Tried it and it was wonderful!
    Didn’t have an appropriate jar so ordered from Amazon. Wasn’t paying attention and got the small mouth variety. Easy to get the meat in, a challenge to get it out!
    But worth it.

  3. 5 stars
    Just tried this today. All I can say is WOW! What a delicious steak, and the sauce it makes in the jar is wonderful too.

  4. But why? Is this just a fun thing to try, or is there some benefit to cooking steak this way?

  5. 5 stars
    I aliken this to a slow cooker for steak. I put my steaks in the jar half frozen that morning with everything else. I left them in counter all day. Before leaving for a football game, Inout them in boiling water and turned fire down to simmer. Steaks were amazing and perfectly cooked when I got home from the game. I spent less than 10 minutes prepping and just had to dump into a plate. For sure use wide mouth jars though!

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