Making the perfect steak shouldn’t be hard. Whether or not you like grilling, steaks are a quick and easy meal packed with juicy flavor. We want to show you how to cook a steak on a cast iron skillet so you can enjoy NY Strip steaks year round!
- It really does start with your meat. You can buy excellent local steaks at your closest farmers market, the Fox Shop, grocery stores like Rainbow Blossom, or your local butcher. Ask about the farm – where it is located, how long the animals are raised, whether they’ve been given hormones or antibiotics, etc. Anyone selling meat should be able (and happy) to answer these questions.
- Look for a fat cap around the edge and a little bit of marbling. Grassfed beef tends to have less marbling, which is okay! If you cook it correctly, it will still be tender and (as usual) exceptionally flavorful. Aim for steaks that are 1 inch to 1.25 inches thick. If you’re stumped, just ask your butcher which steaks THEY would prefer to eat.
- If meat is frozen, make sure you let it thaw a few days in advance. The night before you want to cook your meat, season liberally with salt and pepper and leave in the fridge overnight. Let sit on counter for 30-45 min before cooking.
- Heat oil (grapeseed or vegetable) in cast-iron pan on medium-high heat. The oil should sizzle when your meat touches it, but make sure it’s not crazy hot! You don’t want the oil to be smoking.
- Gently place your steaks into the pan and let them sizzle! Look at where the steak touches the pan — when it’s golden brown (about 3 minutes in), flip for the first time. You should cook each side for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. As your steak begins to look ready, add butter, rosemary, and garlic to the pan and spoon it over both sides of your steak. It should melt into your steak and add tenderness. Do this for about 30-45 seconds.
- Remove steak from the pan and set on a cutting board or plate. If you have a meat thermometer, make sure your steak is 125-135 degrees. It doesn’t have to be entirely done yet since the steak will continue to cook as you let it rest. Cover the steak with an aluminum foil tent and let it rest for 10 minutes. The muscle fibers relax to add tenderness, so letting it rest is extremely important.
- Cut into your steak against the grain. Serve and enjoy!