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Pan Fried Steak Recipe

Pan Fried Steak

Pan fried steak is one of the quickest ways to cook a steak. Screaming hot skillet is crucial for perfectly seared steak. And using oil with high smoke point, like canola oil, is important. (Save your olive oil for another recipe.)


For steaks:

  • 2 boneless ribeye steaks, 1 ½-inch thick (about 20oz)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, or canola oil

For herb butter:

  • 1 stick (115gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  1. To cook the steaks, if possible bring the steaks to room temperature by taking them out on the counter for 1-2 hours. Generously salt and pepper the steaks at least 40 minutes prior to cooking, OR right before cooking.
  2. Heat cast iron skillet over high heat.
  3. Add oil and heat until smoking. Carefully place the steak in the skillet, using a kitchen tong, and cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook for another 3 minutes, and then turn again and cook for another 3 minutes. Start checking for doneness with a meat thermometer. (It should read 120-125°F for medium rare steaks.) Sear the sides of the steaks as well.
  4. Remove the steak onto a wooden cutting board. Cover with foil and rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Repeat with the next steak.
  5. Top with a slice of herb butter before serving.
  6. To make herb butter, in a small dish, combined butter, parsley, thyme, garlic and salt. Stir until well combined and refrigerate. You can also transfer the butter onto a plastic wrap and form it into a log. Wrap and freeze.

Recipe Notes:

Note: Herb butter is not included in nutritional information.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 5oz

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 279 Calories
  • Total Fat: 17.5g
  • Sodium: 1347.7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2.2g
  • Protein: 28.5g
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimate only. Read full disclosure here.
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