How To Cook Steak in Cast Iron

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Cooking a steak in a cast iron skillet is the perfect method to get a caramelized brown exterior with juicy meat on the inside. 



2 (1 1/2 inches thick) steaks (NY strip steak, ribeye, porterhouse, t-bone, filet mignon)


ground black pepper

oil, for the pan (avocado, grapeseed, olive, sunflower, etc.)


  1. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, then season liberally with salt and ground black pepper on both sides. (about 3/4 – 1 teaspoon of salt per steak)
  2. Heat up the cast iron pan with about a Tablespoon of oil until it’s really hot and shimmering. 
  3. Place the steaks into the hot pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side until they have a really good sear on both sides. Hold the steaks together with your tongs and hold them with the sides on the pan to get the sides of the steak brown too. 
  4. Use an instant read thermometer to get the perfect temperature for the steak. The steak will continue to cook and the temperature will still rise a few degrees when you take it off the stove, so keep that in mind. 
  5. Rare: 115-120 F (It will be 125 F when you serve it), Medium-Rare: 120-125 F (130 F when served), Medium: 130-135 F (140 F when served), Medium-Well: 140-145 F (150 F when served), Well Done: 150-155 F (160 F when served).
  6. Let the steaks rest for 5-10 minutes after taking them off the heat before serving. 

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