I always love going out on a fancy date to check out the newest spots in town! But that doesn’t mean I don’t also love a great date night in! I’ve mentioned before that BMW and I love to cook at home because we eat out so much when we are on the road. We’ve been cooking steaks in the cast iron skillet for a while because the flavor is so much like what you’ll find at a steakhouse! Plus, you can source quality cuts at a fraction of the price and get the taste you love! Scroll down for our tips on how to perfectly cook a steak in a cast iron skillet.
How To Perfectly Cook A Steak In A Cast Iron Skillet
While there is something about grilling a steak that seems so iconic, I think the flavor of a steak in the cast is SO much better. This is also the way most steakhouses cook their steaks. The cast iron allows the entire piece off meat to get the seared flavor and not just the grill marks!
Tips for Perfectly Cooking a Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet
- Get the cast iron super hot! Like really hot, as in you should see smoke coming off of it. It may take several minutes of the skillet on high heat to get there. Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan before you add the steak.
- Season the Meat– I like to go old school and just salt and pepper but KC Steaks will send you a great seasoning packet that you can use for a little more flavor. I also like to add rosemary sprigs to the pan while the steak is cooking.
- Let the Meat Come To Room Temperature- Allow the meat some time to come to room temperature before cooking. Usually 30 minutes but it depends on the size and thickness of the cut.
- Butter– Don’t be afraid to use butter and lots of it! Sizzle the butter in pan right before you put the steak in. Then add a little bit more. Using a big spoon to pour the melted butter over the steak as it is cooking. You might want to tilt the skillet to make this a little easier.
- Use A Thermometer– Get a meat thermometer and use it. Use it all the time but especially when you are cooking meat. You can easily over cook a steak so the thermometer comes in very handy especially if you want a more rare temperature. Pull the steak off the skillet BEFORE it reaches your ideal temperature.
- Let It Rest– Let the meat rest on a plate for at least 5 minutes before cutting into it. This will give the meat a chance to reabsorb some of the juices and not dry out.
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