Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is the way I make the perfect steak (in my opinion), when hubby doesn't grab them and destroy them on the grill. Keep in mind that it is just a guide to oven baking steaks. The over-all outcome depends on how thick your steak(s) are and how you like them (rare, medium, well, etc). I've used this technique to make rib eye & strip steaks... some 3/4" thick, some 1 1/2" thick... just be sure to use a meat thermometer. I make a onion sauce which helps to de-glaze the pan and gives a nice Au Jus, which helps to keep the steaks stay moist after cutting into them (although they won't need it). I hope you enjoy your steaks. *Note: All ingredient weights and measurements are approx. *Cooking times will vary.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 steaks (rib eye or strip)
- garlic powder (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (freshly ground, to taste)
- 1 medium onion (sliced 1/4-inch)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1⁄4 cup cold water (optional, if making gravy rather than Au Jus)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional, if wanting gravy rather than Au Jus)
- Pre-heat oven to 400*F. Place a rimmed sheet pan large enough for the steak(s) into the oven to warm. Remove steak(s) from the refrigerator. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes on a cutting board.
- Sprinkle on desired amount of garlic powder, salt & pepper to each side of the steak(s). Cover top with a piece of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet (tenderizer), pound steaks to desired thickness (I like them about 3/4" - 1" thick, but thicker is fine -- just adjust cooking time).
- Heat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat on stove top.
- Once the pan is hot, add the oil and heat until the oil shimmers.
- Lay steak(s) into the skillet. Leave undisturbed for 1 minute. Lift the edges of the steak(s) and swirl the pan to allow more oil underneath, and let sit for 1 more minute. When nicely browned, flip over and repeat this process.
- Remove steak(s) from the skillet and place onto the warmed, rimmed sheet pan, insert a meat thermometer (not touching a bone if your steak(s) have one), and place into the oven to bake.
- Now it all depends on the thickness of your steak(s) to reach your desired doneness. Example: If I am making a 1" thick steak, I will let it bake for 5 minutes, then flip it over and cook for 4 minutes more (we like them pink inside). If mine are 1 1/2" thick, I will bake them for about 8 minutes, flip and do 6-8 minutes more. Just keep and eye on your thermometer and use your own judgement.
- While steak(s) are baking, sautee the sliced onion over medium heat in the same pan that you browned the steaks in, adding more oil if needed (but doubtful). Once onion slices are golden and softened, add the beef broth and simmer until you are ready to eat.
- When steak(s) are baked to desired doneness, remove to a platter and pour juices from the sheet pan into the Au Jus and mix well. Loosely cover the steak(s) with tin foil and let 'rest' for 10 minutes (this is a MUST). Again, pour collected juices from the platter (after the 'rest' period) into the Au Jus and stir.
- You can now serve and enjoy your steak(s) with the Au Jus, or you can thicken the Au Jus to make a gravy by combining 1/4 cup cold water and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Slowly add the slurry to the pan of Au Jus while simmering to reach your desired thickness (you may not need all of it, so add just a bit at a time). Simmer 2 minutes and then serve.
I was craving a nice, juicy steak. It's been a long, long winter, and I've not been able to get anywhere near my outdoor grill! Rosie to the rescue! I had some lovely strip steaks, about 1 lb. each and about 1 inch thick. I did not pound them, since they were just the right thickness for us. The onions and au jus were delicious and the perfect finishing touch! I'm so grateful that I can now enjoy perfectly cooked steaks in the cold weather months. Thanks again, Rosie!
Not much noise was heard at the dinner table with this one. I added mushrooms and minced garlic to my au jus. Thanks for sharing
I made this delicious dish tonight using sirloin tip steak. It was juicy and very tender. We really enjoyed the steak prepared this way. I served it with mushrooms, tomato slices, partisan bread and onion au jus. Thank you for sharing this tasty meal. Made for Culinary Quest 2014 - Suitcase Gourmets.