How To Sear Steak

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How To Pan Sear Steak

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Things To Grab

  • Steak; such as: ribeye, t-bone, porterhouse, etc.
  • Paper towels
  • Cast iron skillet, or oven proof skillet
  • Hy-Vee Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Fresh herbs; such as: thyme, rosemary, chives, garlic, etc.
  • Metal spoon
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil

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    1. Let steak stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. When ready to sear, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and pat steak dry with paper towels.

    2. Season steak, on both sides, with salt and pepper. 

    3. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil to hot cast iron. Swirl the oil in the pan and heat until oil begins to shimmer. 

    4. Add steak to hot skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until ad deep brown crust forms. Reduce heat to medium; add 1 tablespoon butter and desired fresh herbs.

    5. Tilt pan so juices pool on one side. Spoon juices over steak continuously to baste. Cook steak to desired doneness (130 for medium-rare, 140 for medium, or 150 for medium-well).

    6. Transfer steak to a platter and loosely cover with foil. Allow steaks to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.