I like to cook steak on a cast iron pan versus the grill because they come out perfectly medium rare and juicy. I also forego the sear + oven method which involves an additional step and extra time. The quicker I can get food on the table for dinner, the better!
A dry rub of salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder and paprika gives the steaks great flavor and to kick it up a notch, I finish it with a garlic rosemary butter sauce mixed with the pan drippings. Move over A1!
Ribeye is usually my cut of choice for this cooking method since grass-fed steaks are leaner and tend to get tougher than conventional meat. The steaks should be taken out of the fridge 30 – 45 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature which ensures even cooking.
Wow, I can’t believe this recipe is 5 years old. Time files! This Pan Seared Steak has been one of my very first recipes from my previous blog, Paleo Foodie Kitchen and is one of my most popular recipes ever. It turns out amazing every single time that I make it.
I added some tips in the Notes section of the recipe when cooking this on medium vs high heat. It’s super helpful for those of us who have poor ventilation in the kitchen. There were quite a number of times when I’ve set off my smoke detector when searing this on a cast iron pan over high heat because my stove’s overhead exhaust vent doesn’t seem to do a good job getting rid of the smoke!
Pan Seared Steak
To make the dry rub, combine salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Set aside.
Heat cast iron pan on high for a few minutes.
Rub room temperature steaks with some olive oil to help the dry rub stick.
Sprinkle dry rub on steaks.
Once the pan started smoking, place steaks and cook for 3 minutes on the first side for medium-rare.
Flip it and cook the other side for 3 more minutes.
Place cooked steaks on a plate and cover with foil so that they rest for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the garlic cloves, rosemary and butter to the pan drippings.
Cook until rosemary is fragrant and garlic is soft.
Pour on top of cooked steaks and serve immediately.
This can also be cooked on medium heat on the cast iron pan to prevent excessive smoking. Cook the steak for 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare.