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How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet with butter

How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet with butter

A juicy, rich, buttery, meaty steak cooked to perfection is most everyone’s dream. It is a perfect dish for just about any occasion. If you are wondering how to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet with butter, we have all the information you need! So why wait? Read ahead!

Different ways to cook steak

There are so many ways you can cook steak. Here are the three most widely used:

  • Pan: The easiest and most convenient way of cooking a steak is in a pan, especially in a cast iron skillet. It is super easy and gets you a perfectly cooked steak in 10 minutes.
  • Oven: Another easy way to cook a steak is in an oven. You just have to lightly sear it over the stovetop first.
  • Grill: Steak is an amazing dish you can cook over a grill while enjoying outdoor parties. Again it is very convenient, and you can cook it in large batches.

How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet with butter

Cooking the perfect steak in a cast iron skillet is a piece of cake or should I say a piece of steak! 🙂 Here are a few important tips that will help you cook the best steak like a pro:

  • Choose a premium quality cut that offers the right balance of meat and fat. You can choose from a variety of cuts, but the most preferred ones are Filet Mignon, Ribeye steak, New York strip steak, T-Bone, steak tips, or porterhouse.
  • Before using a cast iron skillet for preparing steak, make sure you have seasoned it well. A seasoned cast iron skillet ensures maximum flavor and easy cooking. You can season it by washing it, drying it, rubbing oil on it, and heating it.
  • The key to a perfect sear is a heated skillet. So, take your time to ensure the cast iron skillet is scorching. Make sure that the oil is sizzling as well. You should hear a sizzle when you place the steak in the pan.
  • Be sure to use fresh steak every time. Make sure you let it reach room temperature before cooking. Make sure to remove the excess moisture using a kitchen or paper towel.
  • If you are using frozen steak, take it out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator overnight so that it thaws completely.
  • Once the steak is 60 to 70% done, add some butter. Adding butter sooner will burn it as it has a low smoke point.
  • Even if you are a beginner, you can cook a perfect steak. Just don’t forget to use a thermometer to check the level of doneness of your steak. Also, remember, the steak reaches 5 more degrees after you take it off the heat.
  • Always let your steak rest for about 5 minutes before slicing it up. It will retain the juices in the steak.
  • Make sure you are using unsalted butter for this recipe. You can add more herbs and seasonings to the steak as per your liking.

What to serve with steak?

A plate of fresh twice-baked potatoes.

Steak is a versatile food that you can serve with a number of dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Salads: You can enjoy fresh or creamy salads with blue cheese crumbles, and they work so well with a steak. Especially on a hot sunny day, a refreshing salad is delicious.
  • Potatoes: You can serve mashed, boiled, or baked potatoes with your steak.
  • Mac and cheese: A cheesy, creamy, and wholesome mac and cheese is a perfect side for steak.
  • Vegetables: Roasted, grilled, or steamed vegetables are always delicious with steaks.

How to Cook a Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet with Butter

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Filet Mignon or Ribeye steaks, 1 ¼ inch thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter, unsalted ( you can also use garlic herb butter or brown butter if preferred)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Kosher Salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it reach room temperature.
  • Pat the steak dry using a paper towel. Season it generously with salt and black pepper on both sides. Let the flavors sink in for new minutes.
  • Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil heats up, carefully place the seasoned steaks on the skillet and let them sear at medium-high speed for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip the steak to cook the other side for about 4 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add butter.
  • Swirl the cast iron skillet so the butter moves around the steaks a bit.
  • Add smashed garlic cloves, fresh thyme, and rosemary sprigs if desired.
  • Once the butter melts away, carefully hold the iron skillet handle and tilt the skillet.
  • Using a spoon, scoop the melted butter and start basting it over the steaks until the steak reaches the desired level of doneness. You can also check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer.
  • Once the steak reaches the desired temperature, take them out of the pan and place them on a cutting board. Let them rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice the steak and pour the leftover melted butter on the top. Enjoy!

How to Cook a Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet with Butter

Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Filet Mignon or Ribeye steaks 1 ¼ inch thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter unsalted ( you can also use garlic herb butter or brown butter if preferred)
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it reach room temperature.
  • Pat the steak dry using a paper towel. Season it generously with salt and black pepper on both sides. Let the flavors sink in for new minutes.
  • Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil heats up, carefully place the seasoned steaks on the skillet and let them sear at medium-high speed for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip the steak to cook the other side for about 4 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add butter.
  • Swirl the cast iron skillet so the butter moves around the steaks a bit.
  • Add smashed garlic cloves, fresh thyme, and rosemary sprigs if desired.
  • Once the butter melts away, carefully hold the iron skillet handle and tilt the skillet.
  • Using a spoon, scoop the melted butter and start basting it over the steaks until the steak reaches the desired level of doneness. You can also check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer.
  • Once the steak reaches the desired temperature, take them out of the pan and place them on a cutting board. Let them rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice the steak and pour the leftover melted butter on the top. Enjoy!

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