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How to cook the Perfect Pan-Seared Steak! It's easy to make delicious, perfectly cooked steak at home!

A few weekends ago we had some friends over to our house for lunch, and we got around to talking about A Family Feast.  We love hearing suggestions for the types of recipes people would like to see us post here – and our friend Simone was the first to speak up!  She asked for a simple and easy way to prepare steak – and others agreed (including myself!) – so here is our recipe for the Perfect Pan-Seared Steak!

I’ll admit – I usually leave the cooking of steak or other cuts of beef to my husband Jack.  Other types of meat…I have no problems cooking that!  But steak…I’ve never been happy with how it came out when I cooked it.  Until now that is!  Cooking the perfect pan-seared steak is so easy (and it comes out so deliciously good) you’ll become an expert at it too!


How to cook the Perfect Pan-Seared Steak! It's easy to make delicious, perfectly cooked steak at home!

What kind of beef should I buy to make a Perfect Pan-Seared Steak?

For a perfect steak of any kind, you really need to start with a good quality, high-grade cut of beef.  For a Perfect Pan-Seared Steak, a good rib eye or sirloin are our recommended choices – and try to select a thick steak (at least 1½ inches thick).  Look for marbling (little spider veins of fat that are weaved throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender cooked steak) and try to avoid cuts that have large pieces of outside fat or gristle running through it.  Don’t be shy about asking your butcher – even at your local supermarket – for exactly the cut of beef you need!

At most supermarkets, you are most likely going to find a grade of meat that is called “choice”, which is perfectly fine to use!  Just try to avoid the grades called “select” or “standard” as they are lesser cuts of meat and usually lack the marbling you want. It is also possible to get the best grade called “prime” at the supermarket, but unlikely – you typically will need to go to a specialty butcher for that.  If you don’t mind paying top dollar, you can also buy aged beef. The butcher will place the beef in a climate-controlled space for a period of days or weeks. The beef will lose moisture and intensify in flavor. (It is possible to age beef at home yourself…see this article.)

When you get the steak home, remove it from the package and place it in your refrigerator, uncovered, on a plate lined with a few paper towels until you are ready to prepare it.  This will help remove any excess moisture and will also help intensify the flavor of your steak.

Finally, we recommend using a well-seasoned, large black cast iron frying pan for making the Perfect Pan-Seared Steak!


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Perfect Pan-Seared Steak - A Family Feast

Perfect Pan-Seared Steak

  • Prep Time: 4 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Note: In our photo, you may have noticed that we show some roasted potatoes in the pan. We roasted potato wedges in the oven with oil and seasonings until tender and then added them to the pan during the last two minutes of cooking. They absorb some of the melted butter and steak drippings and really complements the flavor of the steak! This step is optional and is not fully outlined in the recipe.


  • 1 bone-in or boneless rib eye steak or sirloin steak at least 1 ½ pounds, cut to at least 1 ½ inches thick
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves, left whole
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley, including stems
  • Optional: Wine and stock (chicken, beef, veal,etc.) and butter for deglazing the pan and making a delicious pan sauce
  • Optional: Roasted potato wedges (see note above)


  1. Salt and pepper one side of the steak.
  2. Heat your seasoned cast iron skillet to smoking hot. Add oil and swirl around to coat. Add steak seasoned-side down (place it in pan away from you so you don’t get splattered), and then salt and pepper the other side of the steak. At this point do not touch it for two minutes. Using tongs (never pierce the meat with a fork), flip the steak and add butter, garlic and parsley to the pan next to the steak. Allow the steak to cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Right after you flip the steak for the first time, with a spoon or small ladle, keep basting the melted butter over the steak. Baste continually for the full two minutes (tilt pan a little if you have to, to get the butter onto the spoon).
  4. After two minutes on each side, keep flipping and basting the steak each time leaving the steak for 30 seconds before turning. Test the steak with the poke test (see note below) and remove at medium rare at about the five to six minute mark of total cooking time. Cook a minute or two longer for medium to well. A thicker steak (such as a sirloin) may take longer.
  5. Turn off the heat and baste one more time. Leave the steak in the pan loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes and allow to rest before cutting. Baste one more time, and remove to a cutting board. Either cut the steak in half for each serving or for a nicer presentation, slice on the bias and serve slices.
  6. Discard the pan drippings or if desired, deglaze the pan with a little wine, then and stock and simmer for a few minutes to reduce the drippings. Add a tablespoon or two of butter to thicken for a nice pan sauce .


Note: To test the meat for doneness, we use what is called the ‘poke test’. Make a tight fist and feel the flesh just below your thumb into the palm of your hand. Firm is how well-done steak will feel. Loosen your grip a bit and feel the same spot. That will be medium-rare. Loosen your grip all the way and that is blood-rare. Now poke your finger into the thickest part of the meat and compare it to your palm for the perfect level of doneness that you desire.



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Perfect Pan-Seared Steak

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  • Mike Kanashi wrote:

    I love steak! I love sirlon! I love sirloin tender steak 😍

    • Martha wrote:


  • Jelina Roy wrote:

    Hello Martha

    The steak that stays in my memory was a NY strip cooked in a skillet on the range. I was a college student living off-campus. It so far exceeded any steak I had had up to that point that it has become a legend. Now, as a (much) older adult, I like grilling steaks on the back patio with my husband, having a beer, eating boiled peanuts, and talking, while we wait for the charcoal fire to come up. In other words, the steak is great; but I like the ritual, too.

    • Martha wrote:

      Great memories Jelina!

  • Dianne wrote:

    Made this steak tonight and it was delicious!! Will do it like this from now on.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dianne!

  • Daniel Thompson wrote:

    Great flavour but massive over-estimation in terms of how you like your steak cooked. If you like rare, halve the time it say.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for your feedback Daniel – Internal temperature is always the most accurate method to check for level of doneness but we give time in this recipe based on a specific size/cut of steak. Your cooking time will differ if the size of your steak differs from what is called for in the recipe.

  • Ariel wrote:

    Martha I would hug you if you were in front of me, even with Cvid. This was absolutely amazing!!!! My entire family loved it! Thank you so much!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Ariel! 🙂 So glad the recipe was a success!

  • Silvia wrote:

    I’m going to try it, because my mom said that I cannot cook a steak and it is so true. Thank You for your recipes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Good luck Silvia! (Let us know how it comes out!)

  • Diandra wrote:

    Hi hi!

    I’m so excited that I will be making this tomorrow. But I do have a question, can I use fresh thyme instead of parsley?

    Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sure Diandra!

  • Jor wrote:

    Did I miss the part where it indicates what to do with the garlic cloves (left whole)?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jor – You did! See step 2.

  • Paul Peters wrote:

    going out to buy acoupla ribeyes right now🌶

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you love the recipe Paul!

  • Paul Peters wrote:

    I have won blue ribbon at McKinley, Cibolo bi County fair for My Billionaire pie.
    just wanted to arouse Your attention😜

    • Martha wrote:

      Good for you Paul! You must be a great cook!

  • Stephanie Leo wrote:

    Hey, learn how to spell “complement”.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hey – thanks! I’ll get that fixed…

  • Josh wrote:

    Followed this exactly except added Pit Boss smoker seasoning and Southern Flavor. Top Sirloin turned out melt in your mouth good! Even my 3yo ate it lol

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds fantastic Josh!

  • Nicky wrote:

    Great….I did add rosemary instead of parsley and I must say this was the best sirloin I ever made…will try again with a bone it steak.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Nicky! Rosemary is a great option!

  • Valerie wrote:

    I’ll be right over! Oops, I guess I have to stay on my side of the border. If not on the grill, I always do it in a cast iron pan, but the addition of the garlic and butter sounds great. Will try that the next time. Oh how I miss The Hilltop and their salad dressing!! It was always a family outing after shopping at Peabody–Dad included, and he never once complained. LOL

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh yes…the Hilltop! Always sad when a fixture like that closes…hope our steak is a good substitute!

  • ashley m khteian wrote:

    I made this tonight and the steaks are delicious but if I would have left them in the hot pan for the full ten minutes continuing to cook they would have been a full medium. I removed the pan from heat and covered with foil but then thought better of it and removed the steaks to the cutting board covered. Thoughts here?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Ashley – When we rest our steak, we remove the steaks to a cutting board. (We will clarify that step in the recipe.) The heat from the pan would continue to cook especially since a cast iron pan retains heat for a long time. To fully rest and redistribute the juices, the cutting board is place to rest the meat. Thanks for your question!

  • Angel Helton wrote:

    I do this, but instead of flipping every couple of minutes, I season, preheat the over to 250° & bake for about 15-20 minutes. Then it’s basically the same. I found that baking it in the oven makes it more tender as it isn’t exposed to so much heat throughout the entire cooking process. My husband is in love with this.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Angel!

  • Shan wrote:

    Almost burnt my house down

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh no Shan…sounds like the pan got a little TOO hot…

  • Theresa wrote:

    Add me to your mailing list!

    • Martha wrote:

      All set Theresa!

  • Colleen Murphy wrote:

    I promise there is no where I can go and get a steak this delicious. Absolutely mouth watering. Thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Colleen! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Louise Hallam wrote:

    Times were off, steak was dry and way over cooked,even though I took it off the heat way before the recommended 2 minutes

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback Louise. Did you use the same cut of beef and thickness called for in the ingredients list? We would love to help you figure out where things went wrong but need a little more information to help.

  • lisa lawton wrote:

    Is there anyway to so this that doesn’t smoke up the house? Do you turn the temp down after the pan becomes smoking hot? The butter and the garlic turned black. Did I keep the pan too hot? Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lisa – We do turn on our stove vent to high, and usually the initial searing step with just oil and steak will cool the pan down a bit so that the butter and garlic will brown but not turn black. You can definitely turn the heat down a bit if you are see it turn black.

  • Pludie wrote:

    I have wanted a great recipe to sear a great steak on the stove. My husband frowns if it’s raining outside and he has to go out to grill our steaks. He will be soo happy that have me fix it inside. It sounds absolutely delicious and can’t wait to try it.

    • Martha wrote:

      Good luck Pludie – Hope you both enjoy the recipe!

  • Ashley wrote:

    I never used to cook steak on the stove bc I would ruin it. With this recipe I made a perfect steak! I added onions and mushrooms to the pan with the wine/drippings step and they were the best ever!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Ashley!

  • Laura Anderson wrote:

    I didn’t think I could cook a steak but bought my first one today as it was such a great price and thought I’d give it a whirl. I found your site and followed your instructions to a T – even using a timer! And it is perfect and delicious. So are is the parsley and garlic mixture, to which I added a few onions. Thank you!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Laura – so glad the steak was a success!

  • Angelo Macciocca wrote:

    This is now my favorite way to cook a steak. I was unsure about using the iron pan to cook thick (2-inch) top sirloin steaks, but the process of basting them in butter worked fantastically. They not only tasted great of course, but the 30-second basting phases and testing with a meat thermometer kept me constantly engaged as the temperature rose. At 130 degrees internal temperature, I achieved perfect medium-rare results. My best steak ever! Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Angelo – so glad the recipe was a success!

  • Alycia Frey wrote:

    how do you minimize the smoke from searing a steak on the stove?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Alycia – You can try turning the heat down just a bit – but not so much that you won’t still get the hot sizzling effect you’ll want to sear the steak. (I will admit that we’ve set off our smoke detector a few times ourselves making this steak recipe, especially if we haven’t turned on our stove vent!) Hope that helps!

  • Marie wrote:

    We don’t eat much steak, so I was unsure how to cook it. I followed the directions, added a few minutes each side because ours was thick. It was delicious! My husband is on a salt restricted diet, I used Mrs Dash and garlic powder to season. Didn’t make a sauce, didn’t need it. Served with a nice fresh salad. Great dinner!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the steak Marie!

  • Alli wrote:

    Ahhh! I had the heat too high…butter and garlic blackened. I’ll do better next time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh no!

  • Tamra wrote:

    Do I need to use a cast iron skillet? I dont own one

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Tamra – A cast iron skillet will work best because you can get the pan super hot which is the key to this recipe. If you have another pan that can tolerate high heat, you can use that instead.

  • Samantha Hendricks wrote:

    Worst steak I have ever had! Get this shit off the internet!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback Samantha – did you follow the recipe exactly or make any changes?

  • Nicholi wrote:

    To use cook lunch

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

  • patty wrote:

    Hi Martha,this seared steak recipe looks so good that I went out this morning and bought 2good size sirloin steaks Angus beef and let me tell you,my husband gonna think it’s his birthday tonight lol I will let you know how it comes out thanks for sharing

    • Martha wrote:

      We hope you (both) love the recipe Patty!

  • Ted Henson wrote:

    Great recipe. Instead of turning so often I turned down the heat a bit, and flipped every minute or so. I didn’t bother with garlic since I already had it in marinade. Cooked evenly and tastes great!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the suggestion Ted!

  • Kristy wrote:

    My husband said this was the best steak he’s ever had! I didn’t have rosemary, but still! It was amazing✨✨ thank you for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Kristy – so glad you both enjoyed the steak!

  • sheila z wrote:

    The steaks turned out great! The gravy was lovely also, made with 1 cup beef broth and 1/2 c corn starch slurry. Thank you for the good tips!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Sheila!

  • Renee Gelinas wrote:

    First time using my cast iron skillet to cook steak. I used thick cut tritip and cooked as directed. It was fantastic! I used fresh garlic and salted butter to baste after initial 2 minute sear on each side. Yummy! Just salt and pepper seasoning!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the steak Renee!

  • Kalista Craig wrote:

    Thank you so much. This was amazing. I have never known how to cook a steak. So before I just didn’t try. I finally got fed up with not cooking steak and looked up how. Yours was so well explained and easy I gave it a try. It turned out amazing! I seared some mushrooms in the juices left over, and poured them over top. Ohhhh my gosh. Soooooo good! I will be saving this recipe for sure!

    • Martha wrote:

      Yay Kalista – so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Yoli wrote:

    I could not find fresh parsley at my grocery store and all I have is dried. Will this still work, or are there any other substitutes?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Yoli – Sure – dried parsley will work. The typical rule of thumb is to use half the amount of dried herbs when swapping that in for fresh. Hope you enjoy the steak!

  • Linda wrote:

    This was the best recipe ever. I followed by the recipe and it turned out good and was very delicious. I will be passing this recipe on.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Linda! Glad the recipe was a hit!

  • Brandon wrote:

    Are you cooking this on a bbq or on an oven top? What kind of iron skillet do you recommend?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Brandon – This is a recipe for a pan-seared steak cooked on the stove top. We have a Lodge cast iron skillet. Enjoy!

  • Miss Ivy wrote:

    I don’t eat meat. But years ago I did and even then I did not like steak. But my husband does. I grabbed steak to go with some cabbage for him. FOR reference I got it from the discount section in Safeway, called Beef Lion Tri Tip Steak — I think it said Choice. There was a more expensive piece but it was smaller and hand more fat, he doesn’t like fat, it’s name had New York Strip in it.

    He’s low sodium eating so I substituted salt with no sodium salt. I also used a few drops of liquid hickory smoke, pinch of garlic and herb by Mrs Dash and a little dried green chives. I used an electric skillet turned up to 400°. I waited for it to start smoking as directed. I found this recipe to be very fast paced.

    The steak looked PERFECT. I was surprised, looked like a fine dining restaurant quality steak. It sat for 5 mins while I made the cabbage. He sliced it and the inside was also perfect, just the right amount of pink. I love how quick and easy it was to make this recipe.

    His own comment was that it was very well seasoned and extremely juicy. He enjoyed the pepper crust and the hickory smoke.

    Thanks for a steak recipe even a vegetarian can follow.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you the recipe was a success Miss Ivy!

  • Ryan wrote:

    Hi. Dont forget to let steak come to room temperature. This will relax steak fibers and proteins. The result will be a less shrunken steak.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ryan – Great point!

  • Lori Ganley wrote:

    I always struggle with cooking steak to the right temp. It’s always either under-done or over-done. Following these instructions helped me do it almost perfect the first time. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Lori – glad the recipe was a success!

  • Rachel wrote:

    Thank you for being so specific with your instructions! This was just what I needed and more. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Rachel – so glad you had success with your steak!

  • John Overcast wrote:

    Love ribeyes but love sirloin too

    • Martha wrote:

      Sirloin is delicious too – for sure John!

  • Dave wrote:

    I just tried this recipe last night and the meat turned out tender and tasty!!

    • Jack wrote:

      Thanks Dave, glad you liked it. Nothing like a really good steak!

  • Joey Mann wrote:

    Do I sear steak on stove mediam heat or high heat for rare?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Joey – You’ll follow the recipe as written – so high heat – for rare, you just won’t cook it as long. (See Step #4) Hope that helps clarify!

  • Ashley wrote:

    Silly question, but I want to make sure I’m doing this right- if I’m cooking 4 steaks do I need to adjust the amount of butter in the pan? I’ll be cooking 2 at a time if that helps.


    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Ashley – Yes – you’d probably want/need to add more butter to the pan, especially if it’s a larger pan. It’s perfect fine to cook more than one steak at a time – just make sure that you don’t crowd the pan. Hope that helps!

  • Teresa Strickland wrote:

    Question please!! I have a cast iron pan & a cast iron pan that’s a griddle. Which is the best to use for your recipe? Pan is a little smaller than my griddle pan (sorry not sure what to call it!!) Thanks!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Teresa – This recipe was written for a smooth-surfaced cast iron pan or a griddle. I think you meant that you have a grill pan – you can use that too. You may have some issues spooning up the butter and you will get to baste the steak while it cooks and you will see some grill marks on the steak from the raised surfaces, but it will still work. Hope that helps!

  • Jaimeson E. Porter wrote:

    Wow – this was seriously amazing. Never thought I would ever be able to cook steak as good in a pan. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome – so glad the recipe was a hit!

  • Kim Weisskopf wrote:

    Phenomenal, best ribeye I’ve ever cooked!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kim!

  • Liv wrote:

    Omg! Simple, yet sooo declicious. Instructions even I could follow, and yummy to the very last bite. My family loved this recipe. It’s the new way to do steaks at my house.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Liv! So glad you all enjoyed the recipe.

  • Tina wrote:

    New staple in my household. Seriously this steak recipe saves and improves marriages.

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – so glad the recipe was a hit Tina!

  • M.T. wrote:

    Instead of eyeballing it to make sure your steak is done, get a food thermometer. For real, nothing wrong with accuracy it doesn’t make you less of a chef for Christ’s sake. Also, 160F is the minimum you should cook to reduce foodborne illness.

    • Jack wrote:

      Well Mike, using a probe thermometer would work but for something as thin as a steak, the juices would run out as soon as you remove the probe, which is why I like the poke test on a steak. As far as the cooking temperature, muscle meat has any possible bacteria on the outside not the inside. Cooking it rare, medium or well is just a personal preference. If you took that same steak and ground it, the bacteria from the outside is now on the inside which is a whole other discussion. If you like your steak at 160 degrees F, go for it Mike. Foodborne illness is created when several factors come into play. If you had an infected cut for example and transferred the bacteria from that infection to the steak, then left the steak in the danger zone between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F, the bacteria would multiply and produce spores. At that point you could incinerate the steak and those spores would still live and make you sick. The six things that create foodborne illness are food, acid, time, temperature, oxygen and moisture, and not eating a medium rare steak. But thanks for your insight.

  • Carolyn wrote:

    Very good! Will make again.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Kelly wrote:

    Best steak I ever made – thank you!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Kelly! So glad you enjoyed the steak!

  • Darlene wrote:

    Oh my goodness! This steak is perfection. I’m cooking it for the second time this week at the request of my steak loving husband. Used sage and/or rosemary from my garden instead of the parsley.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Darlene! Great choice on the herbs! So glad you are enjoying the recipe. Have a wonderful evening!

  • Bonnie wrote:

    It was so very good, my husband usually won’t eat my steaks, (so touch, lol) but he tried these and loved it, Thank you so much, love all your recipes,

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Bonnie! So glad the recipe was a success!

  • Simone wrote:

    I never cook and I’m going to try this steak with garlic butter shell pasta, and steamed broccoli stems drizzled in balsamic vinegar! Even for a beginner, someone who has quite literally never cooked meat before in her life, this seems easy enough! I’m going to give it a try and I’ll be back to update about how it turns out!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds like a great meal Simone! Good luck! (We hope you love it!)

  • Patsy Pachl wrote:

    how do you get a petite steak tender…

    • Jack wrote:

      Assuming the petite steak you purchased is a blade steak or a top blade steak, it should be a tender cut, except for the line of connecting tissue that usually runs down the center. That center tissue is not edible however the rest of the meat should be very tender when grilled. However supermarkets sometimes call anything a petite steak so I would need to know what you purchased. Again, if it is a blade steak, you should be good. If it is not, then marinating it would be your only option.

  • Sabrina wrote:

    I am not the best at making steaks; I followed this recipe and my husband and I loved it. He has been bugging me to make them again so I am doing just that. Thank you so much.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Sabrina! We’re so glad the recipe was a success!

  • Lorena wrote:


    I found this recipe and would love to try it since I’ve had several failed attempts at making a decent pan cooked steak. My dilemma at the moment is that I cook for a family of four and my cast iron skillet will only fit 2 steaks. How do I prevent the steak from getting too cold since I would need to do this in batches?

    Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lorena – Outside of buying a second cast iron skillet, you could let the first two steaks rest on a plate or cutting board with a piece of foil over it while the others cook. That will help retain some of the heat. Hope that helps!

  • Stephanie wrote:

    Thanks for the recipe. I usually only buy steak if I am able to grill it on a charcoal grill. I followed your recipe and it turned out great! I used a cast iron skillet.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Stephanie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Nicole wrote:

    I followed this recipe exactly and it was awfu, so dry and over cooked. I cooked it to medium rare as recommended and then continued to follow the instructions which said to leave the steak in the pan and loosely covered for 10 minutes. Well that just continued to cook the steak and it turned into shoe leather. Biggest waste of steak I’ve ever made. Instructions are not well written because the steak needs to come out of the pan at medium rare.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback Nicole – we’re sorry you were unhappy with the results.

  • Jason wrote:

    I havent had good steak on the stove until this recipe. It was simple and amzing. Definitely going to make it again.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jason! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Kathy Stanford wrote:

    I made this last night, with a side of roasted baby potatoes with garlic, rosemary and parsley. Delicious! I will definitely make this again!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathy! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Karen wrote:

    I have made my steak like this four times and they were great each time. I don’t think I will ever make them any other way!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Karen! So glad you enjoy the recipe!

  • Iesha Winfrey wrote:

    All I can say is WOW, I made the perfect pan-seared steak recipe for my family tonight and everyone loved it. Steak was tinder and juice, I would definitely recommend this to everyone or keep it my little secret. My fiancé said that this was the best steak he has ever had, coming from him that is beyond a complement.

    Thank you so much!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Lesha! So glad the recipe was a success!

  • MC James wrote:

    I tried it … it worked. Before this recipe, my steak was coming out too tough. This is the second time I’m using this recipe so for me, that means, “It Works!”

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you hear that you are having success with the recipe!

  • JRiley wrote:

    OMIGOSH! I will never grill again. Absolute perfection. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      You are very welcome! So glad you had great success with the recipe!

  • Sharon wrote:

    Just starting to cook this for supper. Do you turn the stove down after you start the steak?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Sharon – You want to cook this at a very high temp.

  • Julie wrote:

    I’m all confused on the poking going on. A fist to something so hot, or how to place the fingers? Even another gave a tip on the poking. I just cant picture it. 🤔

  • KS wrote:

    I don’t eat beef so I don’t buy it very often…but I know they love a good steak. I bought some sirloin and followed the directions exactly with the exception of allowing the steak to come closer to room temperature and I can’t find my cast iron skillet (I recently moved). So even though my pan got too hot and my butter burned, they were AMAZED!

    One steak was thicker than the other so I cooked the thinner one (about 1″) for 5 minutes and the thicker one (1 1/2) for 6 minutes. They were perfectly medium. PERFECT!!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Yay! So glad your dinner guests enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to write to us today.

  • Maya M wrote:

    Just wanted you to know that this delicious recipe was featured here:

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Maya!

  • Curtis wrote:

    Oil will fry the meat. All you really need is the cast iron skillet and pinch some salt to the skillet. Sear each side of the steak for about 30 seconds turn down your heat and cook the meat.

  • Cyndi wrote:

    Oh my gosh! Made this tonight, absolutely delish!! Followed your directions exactly (minus the cast iron, as I don’t have one…. yet!). Like you, I usually leave the steak for my hubby to cook… not anymore! Thank you so much! Will keep this as my go-to steak recipe! Just wish I had found this sooner!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Cyndi – so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Katie @ Old World Taste wrote:

    I am always afraid of cooking steak too! I’ve found that braising steak is a great option. My German grandma used to make rouladen, rolled steak stuffed with pickles and bacon. All you do is brown it then braise it in some liquid for about an hour. You can’t mess it up!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds delicious Katie – I’ve made a similar Polish recipe as the one you’ve describe and it is delicious!

  • Devon k wrote:

    Any concern of the butter burning if the pan is so hot? Should the heat be turned down once the steaks are in?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Devon – The butter will brown a bit but it shouldn’t burn. But – every stove is calibrated differently…if you notice the butter burning definitely turn the temp down.

  • Carolyn Vick wrote:

    Boy, I’ve got to say, I just tried the pan-seared steak. It was a bad day at black rock today. I was tired and emotionally drained from critter problems. I needed something quick and hearty and remembered making a copy of this recipe, and had the ingredients (albeit a NY strip steak). While too tired to get out the old cast iron skillet I opted for my little ceramic one. Now I can’t wait to try it in the cast iron because it was the best steak I’ve had in a while. An easy, delicious dinner and I can face the world again. Thanks guys.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Carolyn – so glad our recipe made a bad day a little bit better! 🙂

  • linda Prin wrote:

    I will have to make sure that the next time I go to a restaurant that I order pan seared if it mentions this is the way it is cooked. I love steak if it is cooked nicely with the right amount of moisture. Your images are really appealing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Linda!

  • Alex wrote:

    Great method! Use cast iron and don’t be afraid to get it extremely hot. Follow the flipping/basting as instructed for 5 minutes total and you’ll have a perfect medium rare steak. Thanks for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Alex!

  • Liane wrote:

    Wow!!! I had a small 2.5 lbs sirloin tip roast that I used with this recipie! I also had fresh oregano sprigs which I used alongside the fresh parsley sprigs. I also used several more garlic cloves than the recipie says, for I love garlic. I increased the searing time slightly, as the roast was approximately 2.5 – 3 inches thick. I basted it the whole time. Total cooking time (before resting) was 13 minutes. The center was perfectly pink, the outside crusted to perfection!

    I then wanted to make a sauce, as you suggested, so I poured in about a cup of dry red wine, scraping the crusted bottom of my cast iron (which I would absolutely suggest for this), simmered it a few minutes, then I put in a half of a small can of French onion soup in place of beef broth, then a few dallops of butter! Absolutely stunning restaurant quality meal!

    Wow, thank you for this recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Liane – glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Gail wrote:

    Why am I just now finding this??? My husband always grills our steaks but since he doesn’t get home from work until after 7 PM, all the steak goodness must wait until the weekend. Ha…not anymore. The taste of this is awesome, super easy, no muss no fuss. Nice to have a steak when weather isn’t cooperating to cook on a grill.

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re glad you finally found us Gail! 🙂 And we hope you enjoy the recipe as much as your husband’s grilled steaks!

  • Jem wrote:

    Hi there, just thought I would share a version of the poke test thats a little easier. If you tough your thumb to your pinky on the same hand the way the fleshy part under your thumb feels is well done. Each finger getting progressively more rare. When touching your first finger thats rare. Hope this helps someone!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jem!

  • Kylea wrote:

    Just made this for dinner and Oh Man! It was wonderful! We recently purchased half a cow, and you better believe this will be in regular rotation! The wedges were spot on perfection, too! I did not have red wine or stock, so I simply used a little water and it was still delicious. Next time I will have wine. Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Kylea! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Angel Wang wrote:


    I made the pan seared steak last week and it came out just perfect. It was juicy and tender. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am going to try other recipes on your website.

    Angel 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for taking the time to write to us today Angel! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Emilie wrote:


    Thank you for posting this. I am going to try this recipe tonight. What type of wine do you recommend?

    Thank you,
    Emilie 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi – we use Chardonnay or Merlot but any dry wine will work!

  • Toni Diaz wrote:

    I tried this recipe tonight and OMG it was soo good! I love garlic so I added a lot more cloves. I’ll definitely be making this more often! Thank you for a great recipe 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Toni – so glad you enjoyed the steak!

  • jean wrote:

    How do you think this would work with cheaper cuts, and a regular pan?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jean – Overall the technique will work on cheaper cuts and with a regular pan (but for best results we’d follow the recipe as written). You’ll want to make sure that your pan is super hot to get a good sear on the meat.

  • Kimberly Regan wrote:

    Thanks to You my husband raved about how I cooked Him the best steak He has ever eaten! *laughs* He even said it was better than He’s had at a restaurant! This is coming from a guy who never raves about anything lol. When I ask Him if something tastes good I get a ‘yeah it was good’ or ‘yeah it was ok’ He did rave about the Cajun Meatloaf I made that I found on Pioneer woman as well!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for writing to us Kimberly – we love hearing our readers’ success stories like yours – especially when they are cooking for a picky eater! So glad you both enjoyed the recipe!

  • Kim Honeycutt wrote:

    I also leave the steak grilling to my hisband. He grilled steak last night and it was delicious. This sounds like something I could try. Pinning it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kim! I hope the recipe turns you into a steak master too! 🙂

  • Celeste wrote:

    I made a steak last night and followed your recipe exactly – it was the best steak we have ever eaten!! I have never been much of a meat eater so I had very little experience buying and cooking steak. I read everything you wrote and did exactly what you said.
    Thank you for the details and info on what steak to purchase.
    Soo happy!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe Celeste! Thanks for taking the time to write to us today!

  • Karen wrote:

    Adding soy sauce to the butter is my favorite. No salt no pepper. Just butter and soy.

  • Tiffany wrote:

    Found this on Pinterest so making for dinner tonight! The directions seem easy enough, thanks 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the steak Tiffany!

  • Danielle wrote:

    #1) ALWAYS bring your steak up to room temp before putting it in the pan. Salt and Pepper both sides while it is warming up. The salt starts to break down the protein of the meat and is a great tenderizer.

    #2) Less is more. The more times you turn a steak, the more likely it is to dry out. It distributes the juices unevenly. The done steak should also “rest” for a few minutes before it is sliced and served.

    Personally, i like to use butter instead of oil. I will brown the butter before placing the steak in the pan. I also like to put fresh rosemary sprigs in mine. After I put my steak in the pan I will put a sprig of rosemary on the meat and a pat of butter. While the one side is searing the butter is melting into the meat with that fresh rosemary.

    Before I deglaze, i throw some minced garlic and shallots in the pan with a little extra butter and do a quick sautee. Then I throw my red wine in and let it reduce down. I like to throw some more butter into the sauce to make it rich. Hey, I said this is how I make pan seared steak. I NEVER said it was good for you! Lol!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for sharing Danielle!

  • Mary Delgado wrote:

    You folks know how to eat! Can’t wait to try this and some of your other recipes. Keep ’em coming! And, THANK YOU! P.S. Chung-Ah has great recipes I’ve also tried!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you for writing to us Mary! And yes – I LOVE Chung-Ah’s blog too!

  • Edward wrote:

    I’m a Texan from Ft. Worth. I’ve grilled steaks taught to me from generations. Simple is best. A little salt and a touch of pepper and that’s it. Wine stock; butter;( I can’t believe someone said Worcester Sauce) just takes away the flavor . Maybe that’s how you eat meat back east, but in Texas, we simply like the flavor of the meat period

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Edward – Thank you for taking the time to write to us! My husband Jack has spent a good deal of time in Texas for work and he has said that the best steak he ever ate was simply seasoned and simply cooked. There is definitely something to be said for simple cooking, and given the choice between an herb-encrusted piece of meat or fish, he would choose a simply seasoned version every time. Thanks for sharing your insight – we value the expertise of someone who comes from the heart of steak country!

    • angel wrote:

      I live in Fort Worth too and Texas people love to taste the meat..I totally agree

      • Martha wrote:

        Thanks Angel!

  • Cindy Duncan wrote:

    Love your recipes please send them to my email address. Thanks

  • Elizabeth wrote:

    This was the best steak I have ever had, thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe Elizabeth! Thanks for writing to us!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious wrote:

    This really looks like absolute perfection!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Chung-Ah!

  • Peter @Feed Your Soul Too wrote:

    Saw this on the food blogger pinterest board. it is perfectly cooked and the pic does it total justice.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Peter!! I guess we did set the bar very high when we used the word ‘perfect’ in the recipe title…so I’m very glad you think so! Thanks for clicking over to visit our site and for commenting! Martha

  • Lisa Pinnock wrote:

    Loving all your recipes. This one sounds fantastic, I buy Cowboy Steaks made by LeadBetters, they melt they are so soft. I normally BBQ them but in winter I use the Stove top.

    Tip #1 ~ Add a good splash of Worcester Sauce to your cooking oil the smell and taste are divine, or if you have steaks waiting to be cooked let them sit in a small amount of W/sauce turn to coat each side.

    Tip #2 ~ If your steak is frozen DO NOT DEFROST (this toughens the meat) cook as normal from frozen on the BBQ, 8 – 10 minutes a per side, spice with your choice of spices as your turn the meat. I only use Lawry’s Garlic Salt.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the tips Lisa!!

    • Scott C wrote:

      Never cook a steak from a frozen state! It’s going to be so unevenly cooked . If you keep it completely wrapped while it’s thawing, you won’t have a dry steak. NEVER unwrap frozen anything to thaw it! Always thaw completely in wrapping!

      • Martha wrote:

        Thanks for the suggestion Scott!

  • Jackie Nissen wrote:

    All of your recipes look so great. I made the chicken soup, and it was a keeper. Thank You

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Jackie – You’ve made our day! Thanks for visiting our site!

  • Simone wrote:

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to try this (especially after another night of chewy and dry steak). Thanks, guys! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Let us know how it comes out (and if the instructions are easy to follow!) 🙂

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