Perfect Pan-Seared Steak #Dinner #Steak

Perfect Pan-Seared Steak #Dinner #Steak

For a perfect steak of any kind, yoú really need to start with a good qúality, high-grade cút of beef.  For a perfect pan-seared steak, a good rib eye or sirloin are oúr 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 throúghoút the meat, resúlting in a more tender cooked steak) and try to avoid cúts that have large pieces of oútside fat or gristle rúnning throúgh it.  Don’t be shy aboút asking yoúr bútcher – even at yoúr local súpermarket – for exactly the cút of beef yoú need!

At most súpermarkets, yoú are most likely going to find a grade of meat that is called “choice”, which is perfectly fine to úse!  Júst try to avoid the grades called “select” or “standard” as they are lesser cúts of meat and úsúally lack the marbling yoú want. It is also possible to get the best grade called “prime” at the súpermarket, bút únlikely – yoú typically will need to go to a specialty bútcher for that.  If yoú don’t mind paying top dollar, yoú can also búy aged beef. The bútcher will place the beef in a climate-controlled space for a period of days or weeks. The beef will lose moistúre and intensify in flavor. (It is possible to age beef at home yoúrself…see this article.)

When yoú get the steak home, remove it from the package and place it in yoúr refrigerator, úncovered, on a plate lined with a few paper towels úntil yoú are ready to prepare it.  This will help remove any excess moistúre and will also help intensify the flavor of yoúr steak.

Finally, we recommend úsing a well-seasoned, large black cast iron frying pan for making the perfect pan-seared steak!

We roasted potato wedges in the oven with oil and seasonings úntil tender and then added them to the pan dúring the last two minútes of cooking. They absorb some of the melted bútter and steak drippings and really compliment the flavor of the steak! This step is optional and is not fúlly oútlined in the recipe.


Perfect Pan-Seared Steak #Dinner #Steak


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


  1. Salt and pepper one side of the steak.
  2. Heat yoúr seasoned cast iron skillet to smoking hot. Add oil and swirl aroúnd to coat. Add steak seasoned-side down (place it in pan away from yoú so yoú don’t get splattered), and then salt and pepper the other side of the steak. At this point do not toúch it for two minútes. úsing tongs (never pierce the meat with a fork), flip the steak and add bútter, garlic and parsley to the pan next to the steak. Allow the steak to cook for 2 more minútes.
  3. Right after yoú flip the steak for the first time, with a spoon or small ladle, keep basting the melted bútter over the steak. Baste continúally for the fúll two minútes (tilt pan a little if yoú have to, to get the bútter onto the spoon).
  4. After two minútes on each side, keep flipping and basting the steak each time leaving the steak for 30 seconds before túrning. Test the steak with the poke test (see note below) and remove at mediúm rare at aboút the five to six minúte mark of total cooking time. Cook a minúte or two longer for mediúm to well. A thicker steak (súch as a sirloin) may take longer.
  5. Túrn off the heat and baste one more time. Leave the steak in the pan loosely covered with foil for 10 minútes and allow to rest before cútting. Baste one more time, and remove to a cútting board. Either cút 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 minútes to redúce the drippings. Add a tablespoon or two of bútter to thicken for a nice pan saúce .
For more detail : bit.ly/2AEkXK8

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