How to Cook Steak


Photo Credit:  Geoff Peters

My guys all enjoy a good steak.  So do I.  Taking all of us out for a steak dinner can get expensive, though.  One option is to buy nice steaks at the grocery store for special occasions.

The catch is, of course, that you have to cook the steaks at home, and no one wants to ruin a good steak meal.  In my opinion, a good steak gets ruined by over cooking.  For me, the key is to have everything else ready before I start cooking the steaks so I can give them my full attention.

For my birthday last week I bought rib eye steaks.  I enjoy cooking, but do like breaks now an then, and since it was my birthday, I took an easy route with the rest of the dinner.  I bought potato salad and made a simple fresh garden salad.  I put the salad together earlier in the day, and at dinner time it only took about 15 minutes to cook the steaks.

The process of cooking the steaks is basically the same as what I described in my how to cook filet mignon post.  You want to quickly brown both sides of the meat in a hot skillet and then bake it, either in the oven or on a grill until done.

Here’s how I did my birthday steaks.  I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures.  The one below was the only steak left (and not a very attractive one) and I took the picture the next day. The  picture at the top of the page is not mine.


Temperature Guide:

Rare 120° – 130° F
Medium Rare 130° – 135° F
Medium 135° – 145° F
Medium Well 145° – 155° F
Well Done 155° +

How to Cook Steak
Recipe type: Main
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • Steaks
  • High heat oil (I used bacon fat)
  • Salt & pepper, other seasoning if desired
  • Heavy skillet (preferably cast iron or other oven safe skillet)
  • Hot oven or grill, about 450°
  • Heavy oven mitts
  • Meat thermometer
  • Plate
  • Foil
  • Tongs
  1. Preheat your oven or grill.
  2. Brush both sides of the steaks with plenty of oil.
  3. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the skillet until it is hot and a drop of water sizzles and evaporates.
  5. Add the steaks to the hot skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, keeping the skillet hot. Use the tongs to turn the steaks.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the hot oven or grill. If you do not have an oven safe skillet, you can move the steaks to an oven safe metal pan such as a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake about 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steaks and how well done you want them to be.
  8. Use an instant read thermometer to determine doneness and remove from heat when the temperature is 5° below your desired temperature. The meat will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven.
  9. When desired temperature is reached, remove the steaks to a plate and cover it with foil. Let the steaks sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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