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

Servings 2 people


  • 2 Filet Mignon or Ribeye steaks 1 ΒΌ 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


  • 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!