How to Pan Sear Steak

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How to Pan Sear Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan fry the perfect steak on the stove in about 10 minutes!

How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan-sear the perfect steak in about 10 minutes!

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Valentine’s Day is only days away!  Do you have special plans???  It will be just another day over here as we don’t really celebrate it.  We used to, but my husband and I have gotten more practical about things the longer we’ve been married.

We prefer to spend the evening in with our boys and eat a nice dinner together.  My husband and boys are meat and potatoes people, so a steak dinner with a side of Yukon Gold Garlic Mashed Potatoes is typically on the menu. 🙂

I’m sharing my tips on How to Pan Sear Steak with you in the event that you’d like to avoid insane steakhouse prices and make your own amazing steak dinner at home.

You won’t believe how easy it is. 

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Pan-Seared Steak  

Preparing your own pan seared steak with butter at home is so simple that you may never want to order it out again. 

A few simple ingredients like olive oil, butter, fresh garlic and herbs, will result in a perfect, restaurant-quality steak that allows the flavors of the meat to shine through.

The last thing that I want to do when I have quality, grass-fed beef is mask the flavors with heavy seasonings or sauces, so simplicity is key.

How to cook a steak on the stove with butter

I recommend pan-searing your steak in a cast iron skillet because once the skillet is hot, it stays hot. The hot pan helps to create the perfect char, or crust, on your steak, which locks those juices in. 

I use this 12″ cast iron skillet, which is large enough for (2) steaks.  If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can use any non-reactive pan.  Non-stick pans are not recommended.

Heat the olive oil or high temperature oil in the skillet over medium.  When the pan is hot, add the steaks and sear until a golden brown crust forms, 1-2 minutes.  Flip and repeat on the other side.

How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan-sear the perfect steak in about 10 minutes!

Flip the steaks again and add the butter, garlic and herbs to the pan. When the butter has melted, tilt the pan and allow the butter to pool on one side of the pan.

Keep the pan tilted and baste the steak with butter, flipping every 30 seconds or so until done, about 4-6 minutes longer, or until the desired amount of doneness.

Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the steak to determine doneness — 125 degrees for medium rare, 135 degrees is medium, and 145 degrees is medium well. Remove the steak from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan-sear the perfect steak in about 10 minutes!

What steak is best to pan fry?

I used New York strip steak in this recipe, but rib eye, sirloin and filet mignon are also great options for pan searing.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Prep your steaks by seasoning them well with salt up to 24 hours in advance.   Allow the steaks to come to room temperature for 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to cooking which will help them cook more evenly.

Cooking times will vary based on the cut of meat you’re cooking and its thickness.

If you prefer not to cook your steak in butter, simply pan sear the steaks in olive oil, herbs and garlic without basting.

You can also use the thumb and finger test to check for doneness Place the tip of your thumb against the tip of your index finger and feel the flesh under your thumb — that’s what rare steak feels like when pressed. Your thumb and middle finger together reflect medium rare, and your thumb and ring finger reflect medium well.  I love using this method!

How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan-sear the perfect steak in about 10 minutes!

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How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak

Yield: (2) Strip or Rib-Eye Steaks
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
How to Pan Sear Steak is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to pan fry the perfect steak on the stove in about 10 minutes!
How to Cook Pan-Seared Steak

Ingredients

  • (2) New York strip or rib-eye steaks, about 1" thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter*
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • (1) sprig each thyme and rosemary (or your favorite herbs)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Season the steaks generously on both sides with sea salt up to 24 hours in advance.
  2. 30 minutes prior to cooking, let the steaks come to room temperature. Season with freshly ground black pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Just before the pan starts smoking, add the steaks and cook until a golden brown crust has formed, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more or until a crust has formed.
  4. Flip the steaks once more and add the butter, garlic and herbs to the pan. When the butter has melted, tilt the pan and allow the butter to pool on one side of the pan. Keep the pan tilted and baste the steak with butter, flipping every 30 seconds or so until done, about 4-6 minutes longer or until the desired amount of doneness. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the steak to determine doneness -- 125 degrees for medium rare, 135 degrees is medium, and 145 degrees is medium well. Remove the steak from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Notes

  • Season steaks with kosher salt up to 24 hours in advance. Allow the steaks to come to room temperature for 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to cooking which will help them cook more evenly.
  • Cooking times will vary based on the cut of meat you're cooking and its thickness.
  • If you prefer not to use butter in this dish, simply pan fry the steaks in olive oil, herbs and garlic without basting.
  • The thumb and finger test is a great way to check for doneness as well. Place the tip of your thumb against the tip of your index finger and feel the flesh under your thumb -- that's what rare steak feels like when pressed. Your thumb and middle finger together reflect medium rare, and your thumb and ring finger reflect medium well. I love using this method!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416 Total Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 97mg Sodium: 202mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 22g
Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used or substitutions that are made.

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