Oven-Grilled Steak (Mark Bittman)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

Mark Bittman; don’t have a grill or it’s too cold outside—try this oven method.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to its maximum, 500° or more, for at least 20 minutes; if it is equipped with a pizza stone, so much the better.
  2. About 10 minutes before you are ready to eat, put a cast-iron or other ovenproof heavy skillet large enough to hold the steaks over high heat.
  3. Wait 2-3 minutes, until the pan is beginning to smoke.
  4. Add the steaks and let them sit on top of the stove as long as you can before the smoke is intolerable—probably no more than 1 minute.
  5. Immediately transfer the pan to the oven; roast the steaks for about 4 minutes, or until nicely browned on the bottom, then turn and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes, until done.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Makes a great, medium rare steak. Perfectly tender and juicy. I sprinkled the steaks with Montreal Steak seasoning just before cooking and ended up putting them on a cookie sheet. Would have been better if the smoke alarm hadn't gone off right after I flipped them. I guess I know to open the doors next time! :)

Heather #6 November 03, 2010

EXCELLENT! I have tried several ways to do steaks in the oven and this is BY FAR the best! The steaks were tender,juicy and cooked to PERFECTION! The only thing I did differently was I marinated them fo a couple of hours with some Montreal Steak Spice and a little olive oil. Thanks so much for this method! We will definitely be doing them this way from now on!

ms.susan February 02, 2009