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How to Cook a Cast Iron Skillet Steak

Learn how to cook the perfect cast iron skillet steak that's flavorful, juicy, and tender. Cast iron steak is a quick and easy dinner fix.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Dinner, Food, Recipe


  • a cast iron skillet
  • olive oil
  • Steak


  • Take your steak out of the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter for about a half an hour. You don’t have to bring it up to perfect room temperature, but let it situate a bit. This really does make a difference.
  • Heat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on your stovetop. Be sure to watch your skillet. If smoke or steam is coming off the skillet it’s probably too hot and you’ll need to remove it from the heat for a couple minutes.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Brush both sides of the steak with olive oil. You don’t need to douse the steak, but make sure you brush the two sides that will be seared.
  • Season the steak on only one side of the steak. The seasoning is really up to you. I personally enjoy the Montreal Steak Seasoning, but any dry seasoning will do. The reason you only season one side is to provide the extra flavor without detracting from the great natural flavor of the meat.
  • Next, place the seasoned side of the steak on the skillet (don’t oil the skillet) and let it sear for two minutes. You will likely see plenty of smoke coming from the skillet and may worry you’re burning your steak. Don’t worry, it’s not burning. It’s doing its thing. You may need to turn on your range hood fan.
  • After exactly two minutes, flip the steak and grill on the other side for another two minutes. You’ll notice your seasoned side should have a nice light to medium char on it.
  • After the second side of the steak has seared for two minutes, immediately place the skillet and steak into the oven. Cook for another 3-6 minutes, depending on how well done you want your steak. Three minutes is medium rare, while six minutes will be well done. Four to five minutes is medium. Your oven may have slightly different heating times. If you’re worried about the temperature, use a meat thermometer and make sure the meat is around 145 degrees for a medium steak.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steak rest for five minutes. This is very important. This will finish the cooking process and allow the juices to settle and make the steak more tender.
  • Eat and enjoy your delicious, flavorful, and juicy steak. Every time I’ve made this, my steak has been so perfect I haven’t needed any steak sauce or extra seasoning.


The exact cut of steak and seasoning are really up to you, but a cast iron skillet and olive oil are key.