Cast Iron Skillet Steak

5 from 2193 votes

Cook the perfect steak every single time in your cast iron skillet. Cooked with garlic, butter and fresh herbs, it's easy and impressive!

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When you want to impress, this cast iron skillet steak recipe will not let you down! Perfect for date night or a special occasion, this steak turns out perfectly every single time. Seasoned with garlic and fresh herbs, this stovetop steak is easy and extra tasty.

Steak cooked in cast iron skillet with rosemary and garlic

Ingredients for cooking steak

  • Steak: We like to use Ribeye or New York Strip steaks for this cooking method. For best results, they should be about 1 to 1 ½ inch in thickness.
  • Oil: We like to use avocado oil to cook the steak, but other high heat oils like vegetable or canola will work well.
  • Salt and pepper: To season the steaks.
  • Butter: Once the steaks are seared, butter is added to the skillet and it adds a delicious richness and helps to brown the beef.
  • Fresh herbs: Add in some fresh sprigs of rosemary or thyme for added flavor.
  • Garlic: Smash the garlic cloves before adding to the skillet for a hint of flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to cook steak in skillet

  1. Pat the steaks dry.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and place in a hot skillet.
  3. Sear the steaks on each side.
  4. Add the butter, garlic and herbs to the skillet.
  • Spoon the melted butter over the top of the steaks until cooked to your doneness.
Spoon basting the steak in the skillet

Tips for cooking steak

  1. Make sure the steak comes to room temperature. This will take about 20-30 minutes and allows the steak to cook evenly on the inside and outside.
  2. Cook the steak on its sides if it’s a thick piece. This helps to render the white fat that can be on the edge of some steak cuts and sears the edges for more flavor.
  3. Make sure that the oil is hot before adding the steaks to the skillet. It should be shimmering when you add them in. If the oil is not hot enough, the steaks won’t sear properly.
  4. Allow the steaks to rest after cooking. Remove them from the skillet and loosley cover them with foil for at least 5 minutes. This will allow the fats to redistribute so that you have an extra juice steak.

Frequently asked questions

What temperature should the steaks be when cooked?

For the best results, use an instant read thermometer to check when your steaks are cooked to your liking. As the steaks rest, they will continue to rise in temperature.
Medium rare: Take the steaks out when they hit 130F to rise to 135F
Medium well: Take the steaks out when they hit 145F to rise to 150F
Well done: Take the steaks out when they hit 155F to rise to 160F

What’s the best steak to cook n a skillet?

For this recipe, a cut that is around 1 to 1 ½ inches in thickness works best. Thicker cu steaks would need to be seared in the skillet and then finished off in the oven to cook through. Thinner steaks like skirt can be used and would require less cooking time.

What do you serve steak with?

This cast iron skillet steak is great to serve with potato, veggies and salad sides. Try it with:
Oven Baked French Fries
Green Beans with Almonds
Avocado Caprese Salad
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Air Fryer Vegetables
Cheesy Gouda Scalloped Potatoes

Plate of cast iron steak with oven baked fries

This cast iron skillet steak recipe cooks perfect results every single time. It’s so easy to cook exactly to your liking, and it’s a great go to dinner recipe if you are looking to impress!

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Cast Iron Skillet Steak

Cook the perfect steak every single time in your cast iron skillet. Cooked with garlic, butter and fresh herbs, it's easy and impressive!
5 from 2193 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 638
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 2 Ribeye or New York Strip steaks about 1- 1 ½ in thickness
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme
  • 2-4 garlic cloves smashed


  • Allow the steaks to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Then pat them dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until it’s shimmering.
  • Place the steaks in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes on one side without touching. Use tongs to flip the steaks and cook for 4 more minutes on the other side.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, add butter, garlic and rosemary or thyme sprigs. Once the butter melts, tilt the skillet and spoon the butter over the steaks repeatedly until the steaks reach desired doneness, keeping in mind that the temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees after you remove from heat and the steaks rest.
  • Transfer the steaks to a plate or cutting board, and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving. Serve with the melted butter, garlic and rosemary from the skillet.


Tip: Let the steak come to room temperature before seasoning and cooking.
Tip: Let the oil in the skillet get hot before adding the steaks.
Tip: Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.


Calories: 638kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 50g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 23g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 168mg, Sodium: 701mg, Potassium: 625mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 389IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. Made this recipe tonite! First time using my cast iron pan and was very happy with the results. Wasn’t sure whether to grill outdoors, use my air fryer or try the cast iron method. The cast iron pan won! Have used it lately more frequently & have been pleased! Thanks!!

    1. You’re welcome! So glad it turned out great. Cast iron is my go-to for cooking steak indoors, for sure. Air fryer steak is a close second. You’ll have to try the air fryer and let me know which was your favorite method!

  2. This was amazing!!!
    We added red wine to the sauce (butter, garlic Rosemary) and deglazed the pan and added the steaks back. Delicious!!! Thank you for this great recipe!!

  3. Finally tried cooking in the cast iron and we will never go back to grilling! Absolutely delicious. Restaurant quality crispy outside but so juicy inside, and couldn’t have been easier . Used a ribeye cut and did not need but a minute after searing to get medium rare we prefer.

  4. Thank you! This was a perfect recipe. I cut the seer time and put the steaks in the oven in the cast iron for 19 minutes as we like them more done. They were still pink and juicy.
    Great flavor, subtle, savory with a touch of herb. Thank you for sharing!

  5. This was the first time I’ve ever used cast iron. Your recipe was so easy to follow and my ribeyes were delicious. I think this is the way I will make my steaks from now on. I now have the confidence to try other cast iron recipes.

    1. This is THE BEST steak recipe hands down. I love, love, love it. I added onions and mushrooms to the mix after the steaks are doe, saute and…chef kiss.

  6. I have always grilled our steaks! This method is so much better. It’s the butter, garlic, and herbs that make the difference. I followed this recipe to the letter. Thank you.

    1. How did you go about printing the recipe? If you scroll to the recipe card, there’s a printer icon. When you click on it, I have it formatted in a way to print on 1-2 pages maximum with no images, no large font or anything that takes up too much ink. Can you try that? It should work fine.

      1. This is the absolute best way to cook a good steak. Fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme are important. This is better than grilling them on a gas grill, and it’s quicker.