Perfect Steak Recipe

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Perfect Steak

Susan Pagano


My husband and I love a great steak. Over the years I have tried many methods to make steaks taste as good as they do when we eat out at Peter Luger's, Ruth's Chris or Del Frisco's. Finally--the perfect way to cook a steak at home. Not quite as amazing as a great steakhouse but absolutely wonderful with cuts available at your supermarket. This recipe is for medium rare. Be sure to use a properly cured cast iron skillet.

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5 Min


10 Min


Stove Top


choose steaks 1" thick. one small for each person or a larger steak to feed several. this recipe works either way although i generally use 1 larger steak to feed 2-4
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
garlic powder


1 c
good red wine
1 Tbsp
dijon mustard
garlic, basil, oregano----you decide

Directions Step-By-Step

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. While oven heats lightly coat both sides of steak with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and a light coating of garlic powder to taste on both sides.
Heat cast iron skillet on stove top until very hot (400-500 degrees). Place a single drop of water on pan. It should dance for a second before disappearing. Pan is now ready.
Place steak into skillet. It will smoke a lot and pop and sizzle. Wait 2 minutes before moving the steak. Turn over and place on the exact spot it had been on. Cook 2 minutes more. Take off heat.
Put pats of butter on top of each steak and place skillet in oven. Check temperature after 2-3 minutes. Take out when temperature is 135 degrees.
Put steak onto a plate and cover with foil. Rest for 5 minutes.
While steak is resting you may wish to deglaze the pan. Add shallots. 1 cup red wine (not cooking wine!), dijon mustard, a bit of garlic, fresh basil or oregano. Reduce and pour over steaks.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Steaks and Chops
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American