Here’s the Best Way to Cook a Steak… Just Season, Sear, and Broil!

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slices of cooked ribeye steak

Wish your steak came out perfect every time?

Prepare to be VERY pleased! Steak is definitely a keto staple, and I’m lucky it’s something I can enjoy often because of this lifestyle. My family also loves it, and there are never any complaints when we have steak for dinner.

I’ve tried cooking my steak a few different ways, but this pan frying to oven method is my tried and true favorite and is basically life changing!

A woman holding a book in one hand and a raw steak in the other hand

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cast iron skillet and steak on the counter

Alton Brown is my steak HERO!

His genius method for cooking fool-proof steaks is super easy to replicate and it’s hands down my favorite way to cook a steak.

Not only is it simple, but this genius method also takes your steak game up a notch! Plus, it’s great for those who don’t have access to an outdoor grill as this method uses a stovetop and oven instead. But I’m telling you, this way of cooking will convince even the most diehard grill fans to head indoors to try it for themselves — the steak tastes as if it came straight out of a fine dining steakhouse!

If you’re looking for an even easier method, you can also make a darn good steak using the air fryer!

searing a steak in cast iron

For this tried and true method, just season, sear, and bake!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 boneless ribeye steak (or steak of your choice), 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Olive oil (or oil of your choice), to coat
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

To get started, I first bring my steaks to room temperature, then turn on my oven to 500ºF and put my cast-iron skillet in the oven to heat up. While the skillet is heating up, I rub the steaks with oil and season them generously with kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper.

Once the oven is heated up to a screamin’ hot 500º F, it’s time to cook the steaks. That part is key! A piping hot skillet will help that steak sizzle and give it that crave-able seared crust around the outside.

cooking steak on a cast iron pan

I love the super satisfying sound when meat first hits the pan.

Next, turn your stove on high heat and put your hot cast-iron skillet on the stove. Let it sit on the stove for a few minutes. Now sear steaks for about 30 seconds on each side, then put your cast iron skillet back in the 500ºF oven.

It’s quick and easy to finish your steak in the oven!

To learn about oven cooking times, see Alton Brown’s Instructions HERE. His directions take about 4 minutes of total cook time for medium-rare steak, and 6 minutes or so for medium. Make sure to flip half-way through cook time. Note that the time also may end up being longer or shorter depending on the thickness of your steak.

plate with a cut up steak on top

When your steaks are finished cooking, give the meat a 10-minute rest so the juices redistribute for ultimate tenderness. Then it’s time to eat! A juicy steak ready to eat in under 20 minutes?! YES! So awesome and oh so tasty!

If you’re a strict carnivore, you can ditch the oil and seasoning to enjoy the pure taste of yummy ribeye steak!

Hip Tip: Keep your cast iron in tip-top shape with these cleaning and restoring tips!

pulling cast iron pan with ribeye from oven

My advice: When cooking with cast iron, make sure your hands are well-protected. I know from experience, cast iron gets super hot and normal oven mitts sometimes can’t cut it! Try these silicone oven mitts that can take the heat and offer great protection.

cutting into ribeye

Ribeye steak perfection in a snap!

What I love about this steak preparation – the flavorful crust outside and the juicy tender inside. I literally could eat this every day, and it’s so easy to make. YUM!

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 16

  1. R

    This is the method I use & it is foolproof! I could never get it right before finding this method.

    • Cindy

      Yes. I use this as my method as well. Very easy to do.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sue

    If I can’t grill steak outside this is my go to for a perfect ribeye!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Sue!

  3. Andy

    While this is a good method, if you really want to nail steak, chicken, roast, etc. learn about Sous Vide. Actually don’t… because if you do, you’ll become like me and be ruined from ever ordering a steak out at a restaurant again. Actually I’ve also about ruined ordering hamburgers out too…

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh wow! Thanks for the tip, Andy! Good to know how yummy that cooking method has been!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh funny, yes I enjoy a good sous vide steak too- yum!

  4. love2play90210

    Video please!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the request! I have passed this along to the team!

  5. D. Simurdak

    Cast iron should be gradually heated and cooled. Put pan in oven while heating, not into preheated 500 degree oven.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the helpful tip! We’ve updated the details!

  6. Marilyn A. Tremblay

    Hi. I bought a cast iron dutch oven which as you all know, has a mighty high price. my question is: can I use my dutch oven to cook steak? Thanks so much. Marilyn

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That should work! I did look this up to be sure on how you would cook them in it. You can cook them for 1-2 minutes per side. Then place the Dutch oven in a hot oven and cook until they are at the doneness you’d prefer. Hope that helps!

  7. J.P.

    Trying this weekend! Could you please let me know if there are any net carbs in this recipe? Hi

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! It seems only the ground black pepper may have carbs. Depending on what brand or type you have – 0 to 2g per tsp. Hope this heps!

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