Easy Steak Recipe – Pan Seared & In the Oven: Cooking with browned butter in a cast iron skillet, and coating in cracked peppercorn and kosher salt makes one of the best steak recipes EVER!
Growing up on a cattle farm, it may be a little odd that I don’t eat a TON of steak. (Perhaps I take a little after my cattle-farmin’ grandpa, who RARELY ate any beef. (I guess he was around it all day, so he didn’t want to look at it when he got inside the house.)
But for me, it has NOTHING to do with the fact that I was raised on a cattle farm. I just have to be in the “mood,” for a nice juicy steak.
So this usually leaves me with saving the steak dinners for eating out for a special occasion. But when it’s my husband’s birthday… it’s time to get my “steak,” on, in the house.
He Deserved So Much More…
This year, his birthday fell on a Wednesday. It also fell on a day where a nearby town was facing severe cleanup after a large tornado swept through, destroying SO many homes and businesses. Without hesitation, my sweet sweet husband spent his birthday rounding up men, excavation equipment, and supplies to help those in need.
I am continually amazed at his incredible loving heart. I must say, this year I’ve enjoyed making this dinner for him, even MORE than I have in the past… because he deserved every single bit of it, and even more, for his sweet acts of kindness for others.
Easy Steak Recipe: Pan Seared & In the Oven
It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of cast iron. For goodness sakes, I even styled a party centered around “cast irons,” last month! See a peek at it below, and click HERE to see all of the party photos!
So although a cast-iron is NOT required to make this recipe, I can’t stress enough how much I love using it to make these.
I was once intimated by cooking with cast iron, but I decided to toughin’ up when I saw my mom start to use them more and more. Now… I can’t IMAGINE cooking so many things without one. (I won’t even go in to how many I own at this point.)
How to Cook Steak in the Oven
For this recipe, I used two thick cut ribeye steaks. (Almost an inch thick, although you don’t HAVE to have steaks this same thickness.) You don’t have to use ribeye’s for this steak recipe though. Feel free to use sirloin, NY strips, t-bone, porterhouse, any cut you like!
Salt + Pepper
It is the most DELICIOUS combo of seasonings on a steak. (Don’t get me wrong. I love a good garlic pepper, lemon pepper, or any other seasoning for that matter… but it’s hard to beat a steak covered in kosher salt and peppercorn. Combine that with browned butter, and it’s game over with my taste buds. It’s the BEST.)
You can salt and pepper your steaks, according to your taste. For these two, I used a total of about a tablespoon of kosher salt and a teaspoon of peppercorn to season both.
Melted Butter Melts My Heart:
My second favorite smell in the entire world? Butter browning in a cast iron skillet.
My first?? Carrots, celery, and onions sautéing in butter, in a cast iron skillet. (I know, totally random. But if you’re in to “random,” things… I shared a video the other day, of 10 random things you may not know about me on my About Me page, just for fun. You know, if you have 5 minutes to waste and all.)
Sear Baby Sear…
It only takes a couple of minutes for these babies to sear in the cast iron, and then they’re off to the oven to bake for a few more minutes.
Cooking Steak in Oven
The steak will only need 3 minutes in the oven after searing, and it will come out sizzling and smelling like you’re in a delicious steak house!
Just soak in that sizzle sound and heavenly smell during this process, would ya? Get the full recipe and step by step process in the recipe card below!
Within minutes, you have a steak that’s ready to devour, and if this is your first time cooking a steak… congratulations!!! Wasn’t that easy!?
Easy Steak Recipe
Easy Steak Recipe - Pan Seared & In the Oven: Cooking with browned butter in a cast iron skillet, baked for only minutes, and coated in cracked peppercorn and kosher salt, is ALL this ribeye needed!
For a "medium" steak
Preheat 475 degrees before you even start to season your steaks.
Coat your steaks with salt and pepper, on both sides.
Over medium to high heat, melt the butter in an oven proof skillet
When the butter is melted, and has turned a golden brown, place the steaks in to the skillet.
Let them sear for about 1 minute (less if you prefer more of a rarer steak, and if thinner than 1-in. thickness.)
Flip and let sear on other side for same amount of time.
Place skillet in the oven for about 3 minutes.
Serve immediately or steak will continue to cook.
Main Dish, Now What?
Now of course you can serve up anything your little heart desires, to go along with the steak. My number one side dish to serve with steak is the BEST side salad recipe on the planet. You can find the little secret and recipe on how to make it the best you’ve had HERE!
But on his birthday I chose to make my all-time favorite healthy side dish recipes: roasted garlic broccoli, and fiesta potato wedges with a buffalo blue cheese bacon dip, to complete his dinner plate this year. Then, to follow up… a no-bake Brownie Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Trifle for dessert.
You Can Count On “Easy”:
Thank you for stopping by!! If this is your first time here, please know that anything cooked in my kitchen is easy, and only made of ingredients that you typically have on hand, or that you can find just about anywhere! Heck with that complicated stuff. Check out more of my favorite recipes HERE!