3-minute cast iron steak

a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top – how easy is that?! a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

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one of my favorite traditions that chris & i have is his birthday dinner: steak. i don’t think he’s ever really requested steak in particular for his birthday dinner, but i really couldn’t imagine serving my meat-loving husband anything different for a special occasion that’s all about him.

the very first year we were together, i went all out: reservations at a fancy steakhouse with everything from before dinner drinks to after dessert cocktails. we’d only been dating for a month at that point, so we pretty much jumped at any opportunity to get dressed up, go to a nice restaurant, eat really good food, & talk to each other for hours. (even on a weeknight!)

i was falling in love with chris (like, majorly) & it made me feel so special to be able to treat him to something that i knew would feel so special to him too. i think our steak dinner that year will forever go down in history as one of my favorite dates we’ve ever had. 

the next year, i wanted to do something a little cozier. we had moved in together over the previous winter, & chris’ mid-may birthday marked one of the first weekends that it was warm enough in milwaukee to actually enjoy our apartment’s picturesque ivy-lined courtyard. i picked up the nicest steaks i could afford at whole foods & we set a couple of lawn chairs around our little charcoal weber & got grilling. we nibbled on a little cheese board & drank some beer while we waited for the steaks to cook.

& we waited. & waited. & we waited some more. & then the sun went down. & then we waited a little more, just for good measure.

those darn steaks would just not grill (we later figured out that our grill wasn’t ventilating correctly for the charcoal to get hot enough) & i was so embarrassed.

i was convinced the evening was totally ruined, but chris, being the optimist he is, suggested we just try to cook them in a cast iron skillet up in our kitchen & insisted they’d taste just as good. & that’s exactly what we ended up doing. much to my surprise, the steaks were perfect (turns out we basically reverse-seared them – a story for another day!).

ever since then, we’ve been total die-hards about cooking steak in cast iron. we’ve perfected the technique & i am SO excited to share our cast iron steak recipe with you today! a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

oh, & the icing on the cake? it only takes 3 minutes to make. 😍

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i’ll be the first to admit: cooking steak at home seems like it should be so intimidating. but honestly? it couldn’t be simpler once you get the hang of it.

it’s so simple, actually, that you only need a few very basic things:

  • steak
  • salt & ground black pepper
  • olive oil & butter (the combo is to die for!)
  • a 12-inch cast iron skillet
  • 3 minutes (!!! yes, seriously!!!)

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when it comes to steak, this is exactly the time you want to buy the best quality you can find – it’s the star of the show after all! i like a new york strip – it’s got the perfect combination of flavor you find in a fattier cut (like ribeye) & the tenderness you find in a premium cut (like filet mignon). yes, it will be a little expensive. but i guarantee you that serving two, or even four, people at home will still be cheaper than going to a steakhouse for dinner.  

& when we’re talking about making a cast iron steak, you cannot beat GRIZZLY’s 12-inch cast iron skilleta cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

if you’re familiar with GRIZZLY, you know exactly what i’m talking about. & if you haven’t heard of them – i am seriously so excited to be the one to share them with you today.

GRIZZLY is an incredible american-made cookware company that specializes in cast iron. their skillets are handmade in the USA, & they’re crafted with the kind of durability that will never leave you questioning whether you can use it: stovetop? (check!)…on the grill? (check!)…in the literal flames of a burning campfire? (double effing check!!!).

the really freaking exciting part about GRIZZLY skillets though? they are just as easy to care for as they are durable. they do not require seasoning of any kind, they are rust resistant, & you can clean it by using soap & an abrasive sponge.

yes. for. real.

ummmm, & that’s not even the best part. GRIZZLY is a veteran owned & operated company. i don’t really talk about it here, but my dad is a vet, & he & my mom met while he was stationed in hawaii. finding a cookware company that’s dedicated to creating beautiful, highly functional products, & taking care of vets? i really can’t love that enough.

if you’d like to purchase a GRIZZLY’s 12-inch cast iron skillet, or learn more about their company (highly recommend, i’m seriously so obsessed), check them out here.

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i already know that some of you will be so surprised to learn that my preferred method of cooking steak is not on a grill.

so here’s the deal: grilling meat can give great flavor. but when it comes to a steakhouse-quality steak that has a beautiful golden crust – that comes from coming into contact with an extremely hot, flat surface, making cast iron the perfect cookware to use to cook steak. a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

the weight of a cast iron skillet allows it to hold a lot of heat & to do so very evenly. when you put a steak on a very hot cast iron skillet, the entire surface of the steak will get a beautiful caramelized sear, versus just the parts of it that are sitting on grill grates. & the sear does double duty: it creates a delicious exterior to a cast iron steak & it prevents all the juices from seeping out of the steak as it cooks.

when done correctly, cast iron steak cannot be beat.

how to cook 3-minute cast iron steak: a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

if i haven’t convinced you that cast iron steaks are the best steaks to make at home, here’s the kicker – they literally take 3 minutes to cook.

here’s what you need to do:

  • bring the steak to room temp. this is easy – just pull it out of the fridge 15-20 minutes before you want to start cooking it. cold steaks do not sear as nicely as room temperature steaks (it’s nerdy science stuff, just trust me). this little step results in a lot of flavor.
  • preheat your cast iron skillet. like  i mentioned above, the key to cooking a steak at home is an extremely hot surface. 10-12 minutes before you want to cook your steak, you need to pop it on your stove over high heat. you could even set a GRIZZLY skillet directly on a grill if you don’t want to heat up your kitchen this summer. the skillet needs to get really hot – like to the point that you almost see smoke coming off of it.
  • season the steak. moisture is the natural enemy to a perfectly golden sear. just as you’re getting ready to cook the cast iron steak, pat it as dry as you can with paper towels, then season it generously with salt & ground black pepper. if you have a favorite steak seasoning feel free to use that instead. i believe that if you have a beautiful steak, all you need is salt & pepper.

  • cook the steak. 90 seconds per side, plain & simple. 3 minutes cook time will make the perfect medium rare cast iron steak, if your steaks are 1 inch thick (which is what i find most often at the grocery store). if you like your steaks more done, cook them for an additional 30 seconds per side for medium & 1 minute per side for medium-well. the same goes for a thicker cut – add another 30 seconds per side for each additional inch of thickness.

  • serve your cast iron steak: let your cast iron steak rest for about 5 minutes, then slice it & serve it with your favorite steak dinner accompaniments. this summer i’m obsessed with avocado chimichurri. i mean…how could you not be, right? you can find the recipe here (just do it!).

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3-minute cast iron steak. sear-iously. how easy was that?! 😜

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a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top - how easy is that?! #playswellwithbutter #castironsteak #easysteakrecipe #steakhousesteakrecipe #castironrecipe

3-minute cast iron steak


  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: steak, cast iron recipe

Description

a cast iron steak recipe to show you how to cook steakhouse quality steaks at home. you only need 5 ingredients, 3 minutes, & 1 great skillet to cook a perfectly medium rare cast iron steak on your stove top – how easy is that?!


Ingredients

  • 2 1-inch New York strip or ribeye steaks (about 1 ½ pounds), at room temperature (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • for serving, as desired: avocado chimichurri

Instructions

  1. Preheat the cast iron: 10-12 minutes before you’d like to cook the steak, place a cast iron steak over high heat.
  2. Season the steak: Using paper towels, pat the steaks completely dry. This is an important step, as it helps the steaks to sear beautifully. Just as your cast iron is coming up to temperature, season the steak generously with the Kosher salt & ground black pepper. I like to do one side, then season the opposite side once steak is in the skillet.
  3. Cook the steaks: The cast iron should be nearly smoking hot at this point. Fair warning – if you have a vent over your stove, you’re going to want to turn it on at this point! 🙂Working quickly, add the olive oil & butter to the skillet, swirling the skillet so the oil coats the bottom. Carefully & quickly, place the steaks in the skillet, seasoned side down. Cook for 90 seconds & do not touch the steaks – this is what helps them develop the beautifully seared crust! Season the uncooked side of the steaks, then flip & cook for 90 seconds more. Remove the steak from the skillet & transfer to a cutting board or a dish. Rest the steaks, tented with foil, for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve: Thinly slice the steaks, then serve with some avocado chimichurri spread over top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • A super high-quality cast iron skillet is so important for this recipe. I can’t recommend GRIZZLY’s 12-inch cast iron skillet highly enough. It holds heat extremely well, which is important in creating the great sear you want on a steak. As a bonus, it’s so easy to care for – no seasoning required! Plus, it’s absolutely stunning – so, there’s that!
  • A note on steaks: Whenever you’re making steak at home, & especially for this recipe, buy the highest quality steaks you can find. The steak is really the star of the show here – plus, no matter what, I guarantee you’ll spend less on the steaks (combined!) than you would for 1 steak dinner at a nice restaurant. We love New York strip or ribeye in our house – both have great flavor – & I can find them affordably at Whole Foods.
  • A note on cook time: The 3-minute cook time noted in this recipe will yield a beautifully medium rare steak for steaks that are 1-inch in thickness. If you’d like your steaks slightly more well done, add another 30 seconds to 1 minute of cooking time per side. If your steaks are closer to 2-inches in thickness (jealous!), add the same additional 30 seconds to 1 minute of cooking time for a medium rare steak.
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i help modern gals turn everyday moments into celebrations with recipes that are just as easy as they are elegant.