Perfectly cooked ribeye

It doesn’t get much better than a perfectly cooked ribeye.  A ribeye is one of the most marbled of steaks, and when cooked properly the marbling in the steak caramelizes and almost becomes buttery.  Steakhouses are able to achieve this from cooking at very high temperatures, much hotter than what most of us can do at home with a standard propane grill.  This method of cooking allows you to have a perfectly steakhouse seared steak with only two ingredients – steak and salt, using only two tools in your kitchen – your oven and a cast iron skillet.  My 10″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet is perfect for two NY strip steaks or ribeyes.  It’s also a great size for making pizza.

For best cooking results, purchase steaks that are at least an inch in thickness.  Approximately one hour before cooking, take steak out of refrigerator.  Salt liberally on both sides.  This serves two purposes.  Allowing the steak to come to room temperature before cooking allows you to cook it more evenly.  Salting the steak helps to draw out the moisture from the very outer layer of the meat.  I know what you are thinking… why would we want to draw moisture out when the steak is supposed to be juicy?  Here is the reason.  Having a dry surface steak allows you to get that beautiful brown crust when it’s seared.  Dry meat sears, wet meat steams.  Only the very outer layer of the steak is affected by the salt and the inside will stay juicy and delicious. Promise.

After an hour or so, the salted surface of your steak will start to look like there is condensation.  This is exactly what you want.  Put your seasoned cast iron skillet in a cold oven and preheat to 550 degrees.  I’ve had ovens that would only go as high as 525 degrees, and that’s fine too.  You just want to cook at the highest temperature you can.  Once your skillet is preheated, give the steak a quick rinse, and dry with a paper towel so you have a perfectly dry surface for cooking. 

liberally salt the outside of the ribeye

liberally salt the outside of the ribeye

after an hour the surface will look wet

after an hour the surface will look wet








seared steak in pan

Once the skillet is preheated, take out of oven, and put on the largest burner on the stovetop on high heat.  Leave oven preheated because you will need it again in a few minutes.  Sear steak on one side for approximately five minutes.  After five minutes, that side should have a beautiful brown crust, flip and sear on the other side for approximately three minutes.


After three minutes, put the steak and hot skillet back in the oven together for one minute.  Remove from skillet and let rest for five minutes before serving.  Depending on the thickness of the cut, you should have beautifully medium rare steak.

perfectly seared steakEnjoy!

Wine Pairings:
Pocas Vale de Cavalos Douro Red 2013

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