How to Cook the Perfect Steak

My tastes have changed through the years. My palate has matured, I guess you could say, and this once well-done steak girl now prefers them medium-rare. I had no idea the flavor that was being cooked out of my steaks until my husband introduced me to a medium steak. I guess I should say I really like steaks best cooked at medium, but I have found that unless I am at a really nice restaurant, it isn’t ever cooked correctly. So, generally I order my steaks medium rare, just to be sure.

I used to be very hesitant to cook a steak at home because I didn’t want to ruin them when they cost so much. A few years ago I started cooking my steaks in the oven. Yes, you read that right! Done correctly, this steak will rival any restaurant steak! At least that is what my husband tells me! 🙂

Here are a couple tips. You want the steaks to be approximately 1″ thick. It is just a good rule of thumb to make sure you are consistent when cooking them each time. You also will want to allow the steaks to sit out for about 30 minutes to get to room temperature. There are debates about whether this is needed, but it works for me. I recently started using avocado oil instead of olive oil because it has a higher smoking point. Either is fine, though. Just be ready to have some fans going to air out the room should it get really smoky!

What You Need:
Cast iron skillet
1″ thick steak of choice (I love a ribeye because it is nicely marbled with fat or a strip steak for the nice fat along the edge)
Avocado or Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Steps to a perfect steak:
1. Set your oven to broil and put the cast iron skillet in the oven while it heats up.
2. Coat both sides of the steak with the oil and then season generously with salt and pepper.
3. This step is super important. You want to get a good sear on each side. Pull the cast iron skillet out of the oven and put it on the stovetop on HIGH. You are going to sear both sides for 30 seconds each.
4. Then you are going to pop that steak in the oven to broil for 1 min 45 seconds. Then flip it and broil for another 1 min 45 seconds.
5. Set the steak on a plate and let it rest for about 5 minutes.

That is it! A 1″ steak should be medium rare at that time. You can modify this based on what you prefer. We are on a budget, so steaks are a rarity, but now I at least know I can confidently make a delicious steak each and every time. Pair it with a baked potato and it doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy!