How to Make a Perfect Steak at Home

If you don't have a grill and a backyard, it doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy a real steak at home. Follow these simple instructions and you'll have a perfect steak every time. It will save you money and frustration of ordering steak at restaurants. I used to love to go out for steak, but it cost a lot. Now I never order steak out because I know that my home version is so much better.

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  • Steaks (filet mignon, rib eye, etc) - minimum 1 and a half inch thick
  • Favourite spices - I use Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Butter (optional)
  • Cast iron skillet

- Liberally oil the steaks and season them with your favourite spices. Let them stand at room temperature for about 30-45 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 425F (220C)

- Heat the cast iron skillet on high for 1.5-2 minutes until it's smoking hot.

- Pan fry the steaks for about 1.5-2 minutes without touching them. It might smoke a lot, so open the windows to let the smoke out. Since the steaks are already oiled, you do not need to add any extra oil into the skillet.


- Turn the steaks after 1.5-2 minutes.


- If you are not worried about cholesterol, then put a little knob of butter onto each steak.


- Pan fry the steaks without touching them for another 1.5-2 minutes.

- Put the skillet into the oven.


- For Medium Rare, leave the steaks in the oven for 3-3.5 minute, turning them halfway through.

- For Medium, leave the steaks in the oven for 5-5.5 minutes, turning them halfway through.

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Posted on April 2, 2008 and filed under Recipe.