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Best Way To Cook A Steak Recipe

How do you cook the best steak? Growing up we always thought the grill was the best way to cook a steak but this is not the case!
The answer is by pan searing! This is how tons of "fancy" restaurants cook theirs and you would never know how easy it is until you try.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, Dinner, lunch, pan seared steak, quick steak, steak
Servings: 1 person
Cost: $10


  • Quality 1 1/4+ inches thick steak Ribeye, New York Strip or filet. Make sure not one with a bone.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil Canola oil or grapeseed oil also work. Don’t do just butter as it adds too much of a butter taste. Olive oil can be used but not as ideal.
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic chopped added near the end of cooking so doesn't burn
  • Do not use any steak seasoning as will burn


  • Pat dry your steak.
  • Preheat the pan with the largest burner on the stove.
  • Brush or evenly distribute the oil on the pan to prevent splattering with the high heat.
  • Make sure the pan is extremely hot to where the oil is shimmering and almost smoking.
  • Season both sides of steak with salt and pepper generously.
  • Use tongs ideally and place steak in pan for 3 minutes per side pending how well you want it done. 6 minutes normally gets me to medium-rare. You want the bottom brown but not charred.
  • Flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add butter and garlic. Do not add garlic until the end or it will burn.
  • Tilt the pan so the butter helps cook and coat the sides of your meat. I also like to spoon the garlic butter on while it is cooking until desired doneness.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes. It will help redistribute the juices.