Frozen steaks shipped right to your door. Thanks to styrofoam shipping containers and dry ice, this service model has been around for quite some time. In fact, 2017 marks a massive milestone for the meat distribution giant Omaha Steaks: 100 years. Yep, this family-owned Nebraska-based business has been operating and shipping frozen food across the country for an entire century. Since they’ve been around forever, we thought it would be a great idea to give an updated review of Omaha Steaks covering everything from product offerings, quality and taste, and ultimately comparing it to the competition. But, before we jump into the review…
Remember: Omaha Steaks is More than Steaks
With steaks in their name, it’s easy to overlook that the company offers much, much more than just red meat and gift baskets. They have a full line of seafood, appetizers and sides, desserts, and even wine (depending on where you live). And if you’re a steak-nut like I am, you’ll be drooling over the King Cut and specialty cuts Omaha offers which includes a ridiculous 72oz sirloin. This is the section for me. However, since I love to cook everything sous vide, I had to test drive Omaha’s sous vide product combo.
Full Review: Omaha Steaks
For this review, we received Omaha’s “Sous Vide Experience” which is a big combo package containing 37 products, one of which is a massive 48oz bone-in ribeye, in addition to a free Anova Precision Cooker. The price on this combo is hefty, but factoring in the sous vide machine cost and how much food you get, it’s really not crazy.
The entire order consisted of the following: 6 filet mignons, 4 New York strips, 2 ribeyes, 6 top sirloins, 2 wild salmon filets, 2 yellowfin tuna steaks, 2 halibut steaks, 2 cod filets, 6 boneless pork chops, 2lbs chicken breast, 1 King Cut 48oz ribeye, 3 spice rubs, and an Anova sous vide cooker.
Quality and Taste
This is the bread and butter of the Omaha Steaks review, and likely the part you’re most interested in reading. After all, when you’re in business for 100 years, you may have customers with both positive and negative experiences. I was definitely left with a positive experience from this order simply because the steaks and fish came out amazing. Now you may be thinking back to an article you read online years ago or a friend who said the steaks were not worth it. The answer is simple: it all comes down to the cook.
Let me tell you my memories of Omaha Steaks. When I was younger, my parents received an Omaha gift basket from our relatives as a Christmas present. My mother always cooked steaks well done. I hated it. In fact, I hated it so much, I nearly gave up eating meat all together.
Years later, I’ve not only learned how to cook a perfect steak (ie, temperature control via sous vide), but more importantly, learned how to cook it to my desired doneness. Long story short, the steaks and fish were amazing, here’s a photo of each:
Omaha’s Filet Mignon
Know What you Want
Another area I’d like to touch on is the size of the steaks. I’ve heard people say before that Omaha steaks are small. If you’re like me and enjoy a thick cut steak, but go online and order their general 7 oz ribeye, you’ll complain it’s small. That’s because it is! I can’t encourage you enough to make sure you shop around on their site a bit, since it’s so large. Take a look at the custom cuts and king cuts sections, create your own combo, or if grass-fed beef is more your style, they offer that too.
Comparing it to Competitors
There are two other websites I’d like to call out that are great comparisons; the first is Allen Brothers. Allen Brothers sells exceptional prime-grade beef, likely the best you can buy online. However, the price is craaazy high. We’re talking over ~$40 for one 12oz ribeye.
Another new-entrant I’d like to call out is Crowd Cow. This start-up actually crowd funds grass-fed beef from local farms and ranchers and ships it across the US. It’s not currently available in all states, and there’s many times that ordering is unavailable. The prices are also up there, but are often comparable to Omaha, if not a little more expensive.
To sum it up, there is definitely better steak to buy online, but only if you’re willing to take out a loan to pay for it. Omaha offers convenience and fast shipping with an extensive product line.
I will absolutely buy from Omaha Steaks in the future (once my stockpile runs down from the Sous Vide Experience combo) to get my hands on some of those custom cuts and massive steaks. I will obviously still buy from my local butcher for a fresh steak, but the convenience of re-stocking my freezer with a bunch of steaks that are shipped to my door and then simply dropping one into my sous vide cooker is hard to beat.