How to Cook a Perfect Steak

Are you making steak for your honey (or yourself) this Valentine’s dinner? Here’s an easy no-fail method, especially if you don’t have a grill.

Andy says it’s the best steak AND meal he’s ever had. Woohoo! 🙂

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2 10 oz. NY Strip Steaks, thicker is better
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Compound butter (my recipe below), butter or olive oil

Compound Butter
¼ C unsalted butter
½ tsp salt
6 cloves, roasted garlic
2 tsp chives, finely chopped

Make into log and roll in wax paper. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

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  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Brush steak with olive oil.
  3. Season steak with plenty of salt and pepper. (Probably a bit more than you think is necessary.)
  4. Heat a cast iron or oven proof sauté pan until very hot.
  5. Place steak in skillet and sear on one side (about 2 min), flip, then move pan to pre-heated oven.
  6. Cook until desired temperature. Depending on thickness, about 5-7 for medium-rare to medium.
  7. Remove from oven, top with slice of compound butter and let rest for 3-5 minutes.


I’ve also used this method to cook Rib eyes and it would probably work for a few other types of steak you might cook on the grill.