While we love throwing a steak on the grill, we know that grill marks aren’t everything. Learning how to properly cook a steak on a skillet is one of the quickest ways to get dinner on the table!
Remove your steak from the package and pay them dry. Some folks swear by leaving them out on the counter for about 15 minutes before cooking, raising their temperature a bit closer to room temperature. (We often find that we’re so hungry we can’t wait that long, so to each his own!) Generously season the steaks with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
While you’re waiting for your steaks to acclimate to the current climate, place your cast iron skillet on the stove top at medium. We want the pan to heat up – a seasoned cast iron skillet can really bring out some intense flavors in your beef. We want the pan to be medium-hot, not setting-off-the-fire-alarm-hot, but just hot enough so the steaks get a nice sizzle. Test the heat out by flicking some water into the pan. If it sizzles, you’re ready to go.
Place two tablespoons of oil into the pan. You can use whichever oil you prefer (canola, vegetable, butter, ghee, coconut oil, etc.) – just make sure the oil does not burn. If the oil burns, the pan is too hot and you will have to discard the oil and begin again.
Add the steaks to the pan and let sit for 3 minutes. Don’t move them, squish them, poke them or stick them with your fork. Just let them sit and remember, grass fed beef tends to cook a bit faster than grain fed steak, so make sure to keep an eye on them as they cook. Turn the steaks over and admire the beautiful crust you just created (yeah, you did that!). Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite grass-fed butter and try not to swoon from the perfect smell combination of steak and butter! Let it sit for three to four minutes and check to see if they are cooked to your liking. Keep in mind, the 4 minute searing time is not set in stone. Watch your meat and use your best judgement.
There are a couple ways to test how done your meat is while you are cooking it. One method would be to pat the steak with your finger – it should resemble touching your cheek. Another way to check would be the finger test. SimplyRecipes.com has a great photo-set of this method – you can find it here.
Of course, you could always just use a meat thermometer! Rare should be 125, and medium rare falls between 130-135. For more info on the internal temperatures, follow this link.
Now that you have you perfectly done steak, pair them with your favorite vegetables and enjoy!
Let us know how you fared while cooking up your steaks!