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How To Cook A Steak On The Stovetop

By Good Ranchers August 24, 2020

We are big fans of grilling our quality Good Ranchers steaks, but we know not everyone has a grill, or has different tastes, or sometimes the weather prevents you from using your grill. So why not learn how to perfectly cook a delicious steak on the stovetop? Cooking a steak on the stovetop keeps it juicy and tender, and adds a delicious crust. This is making our mouths water as we type this!

Here are our tips for expertly cooking a steak on the stovetop:

Choose Your Cut of Steak: If you’re cooking a steak on the stovetop, it’s important to know that certain cuts cook better on the stovetop than others, like a big NY Strip or a juicy Ribeye. Marbling in your steak always adds tons of flavor, but marbling is especially important for cooking it on the stovetop. Bone-in steaks are usually not recommended for this cooking method.

Start at Room Temperature: Like all of our grilling tips, it’s still important to take the steak out of the refrigerator about 30-40 minutes before you plan to cook it, to let the meat come to room temperature. You never want to cook cold meat.

Season the Steak: We recommend something simple like kosher or sea salt and let it set on the counter for about 30-40 minutes. We don’t recommend using a steak marinade for this cooking method, because a dry steak will cook more evenly and taste much better. This is the same reason we skip using oil in the pan or skillet, but you can add butter and herbs (garlic is another great option) towards the end. Just be sure to keep it on the steak, to let it soak in during the cooking process.

Turn the Vent On: You’re going to want your oven/stovetop vent on because cooking a perfectly seared steak means you need the stovetop and pan super hot. The crisp crust on your steak is key, and it’s one of the main reasons people love this method of cooking a steak versus grilling it for a little bit of crunch when you bite into your ribeye. Make sure you get the pan hot first, before adding the steak. This may cause some smoke, which is normal, and exactly why you want the vent on.

Flip the Steak Often: You’ll want to let it sear for about a minute on each side, then turn continuously, to help get that even layer of crisp crust on your steak. We find that using tongs for this constant flipping is the best tool to use, and we recommend using a heavy duty skillet, like a cast iron skillet. Determining when your steak is done while using this method can be tough, so we recommend cutting into it, before turning everything off. Depending on the final temperature you prefer your cooked steak, it will take about 5 minutes (for medium rare) to 11 minutes (for a well done steak), but it obviously depends on how hot your pan is along with a few other factors.

Pair It: Now that your steak is perfectly seared on the stovetop, be sure to pair it with some delicious side dishes or your favorite wine or cocktail.

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