Learn how to easily make Cast Iron Steak with these easy steps. Your steak will come our juicy and perfectly cooked for a delicious weeknight meal.

Steak and fresh herbs in a cast iron skillet
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Cast Iron Skillet Steak Recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. It cooks tender, juicy and with the best texture. Seasoning this beef recipe with fresh herbs and spices takes your steak up a notch.

We like making recipes in our cast iron pan. If you do too, check out this Cast Iron Biscuit Recipe, Cast Iron Brownies or this Grilled Peach Cobbler Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

Cooking steaks can seem intimidating but with this simple recipe, you will have the best flavor steak in no time. You can use this recipe to make the perfect steak every time for a weeknight dinner, special occasion or a date night in.

We cooked the steak on the grill in the cast iron skillet, but feel free to cook it on the stovetop or bake in the oven. I have had a great results no matter how it is cooked.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed for cast iron steak - ribeye steak, avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, butter
  • Ribeye Steak, about 1-inch thick
  • Avocado Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
  • Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
  • Unsalted Butter

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Fresh herbs are recommended for better flavor, but dried herbs can be substituted instead. I’d start with ⅓ teaspoon of each (rosemary & thyme). You can also use a steak seasoning blend if you prefer.
  • Steak – This recipe will work with any type of cut of beef. Use this recipe with New York Strip, Filet Mignon or a Sirloin Steak.
  • Oil – We like the flavor and health benefits from using avocado oil but you can also use olive oil or canola oil.

How to Cook Steak in Cast Iron Skillet

  • Step 1 – Preheat the grill to high heat. Place a cast iron skillet on the grill to preheat for about 10-15 minutes.
Steak on parchment paper with a bowl of melted butter and fresh herbs

Step 2 – Remove the ribeye steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30-40 minutes before grilling. Then rub each steak on both sides with avocado oil.

Combining the seasoning rub in a bowl

Step 3 – Mix the kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and thyme together in a small bowl.

Rubbing the steaks with the fresh herbs

Step 4 – Season both sides of the steaks evenly with this mixture. Once the grill and skillet are hot, place the seasoned steaks in the skillet. Let them cook without moving for about 4-6 minutes on one side, depending on the desired level of doneness.

Cooked steaks in a cast iron skillet

Step 5 – Flip the pan seared steaks over. Then add the unsalted butter to the skillet, and cook for another 4-6 minutes for medium-rare to medium. Baste the steaks with the melted butter in the skillet as they cook.

  • Step 6 – Remove the steaks from the hot skillet. Then let them rest on a cutting board or plate for at least 5 minutes. Rest before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and retain heat.
  • Step 7 – After resting, slice the steaks against the grain and serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

  • Room Temperature Steak – Allowing the steak to come to room temperature before cooking is crucial. This helps the steak cook more evenly, so you don’t end up with a cold center.
  • Seasoning Steak – We like to season both sides of the steak before placing on the grill. This provides amazing flavor so use what you prefer.
  • Meat ThermometerUse a instant read thermometer to achieve desired doneness. Cooking times will vary so continue to cook your thick steak for a nice crust.
Sliced cast iron steak

Steak Internal Temperature

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.

  • Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
  • Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
  • Cooked Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
  • Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
  • Well Done – 160F, full brown in color

Serving Suggestions

Complete your steak dinner with one of these delicious side dish recipes. We love to make our sides on the grill but you can easily made them on the stovetop.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

Reheat your leftovers in the microwave or oven for best results.

Steak in a cast iron skillet with fresh herbs

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Steak in Cast Iron Skillet

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Learn how to easily make Cast Iron Steak with these easy steps. Your steak will come our juicy and perfectly cooked for a delicious weeknight meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 702

Ingredients

  • 2 ribeye steaks about 1-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Remove the ribeye steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30-40 minutes before grilling.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat. Place a cast iron skillet on the grill to preheat for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Rub each steak on both sides with avocado oil. Mix the kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and thyme together in a small bowl. Season both sides of the steaks evenly with this mixture.
  • Once the grill and skillet are hot, place the seasoned steaks in the skillet. Let them cook without moving for about 4-6 minutes on one side, depending on the desired level of doneness.
  • Flip the steaks over, add the unsalted butter to the skillet, and cook for another 4-6 minutes for medium-rare to medium. Baste the steaks with the melted butter in the skillet as they cook.
  • Remove the steaks from the skillet and let them rest on a cutting board or plate for at least 5 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
  • After resting, slice the steaks against the grain and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

– Fresh herbs are recommended for better flavor, but dried herbs can be substituted instead. I’d start with ⅓ teaspoon of each (rosemary & thyme).
– Allowing the steak to come to room temperature before cooking is crucial. This helps the steak cook more evenly, so you don’t end up with a cold center.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 702kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 46g, Fat 57g, Saturated Fat 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 28g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 168mg, Sodium 2445mg, Potassium 641mg, Fiber 0.5g, Sugar 0.04g, Vitamin A 438IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 35mg, Iron 4mg

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