Prep1 hr 30 mins
There has been many requests for pan seared steak that is started in a skillet then finished cooking in the oven this is the recipe/method for the perfect seared steak---to insure perfect doneness you will need an instant-read thermometer for this, and you will need a cast-iron or a heavy oven-proof skillet --- the times listed are for 2-1/2-inch thick steaks preferably New York or rib-eye. --- IMPORTANT do not add on any salt until the steak is finished cooking, salt will draw out the juices, and make certain to leave the steak/s out at room temperature for 1-1/2 hours this will relax the meat fibers and make for a tender juicy steak
- Pat the meat dry using paper towels.
- Season the steak/s with black pepper, then allow the meat to sit at room temperature for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat or just until the oil begins to lightly smoke.
- Cook/sear the steak in the heated skillet over medium-high heat until a dark crust has formed (about 5-6 minutes per side, reduce the heat if the meat is browning too quickly, if you prefer a lighter outside crust then reduce the time slightly).
- After the 5-6 minutes cooking on each side you may lift the steak with tongs and brown the edges also.
- Return the steak flat in the pan.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until an instant-read thermometer reads to desired doneness (oven cooking time will be anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the desired doneness of your steak --- for medium-rare 140-145 degrees and for medium 155-160 degrees. please be aware that the temperature will continue to cook after removing the steak so it is advised to pull the pan out slightly before the desired doneness).
- Transfer the steak to a plate using tongs (do not use a fork or the juices will run out).
- Spread the top with butter then season lightly with salt.
- Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest about 5-6 minutes.
- Slice across the grain.