Cast Iron Steak – Fit Foodie Finds

This cast iron steak is perfectly seasoned with our amazing homemade steak seasoning and seared to perfection in a cast iron skillet. Enjoy!

A cast iron steak in a pan.

Delicious Cast Iron Steak

There are so many different ways to cook a steak, you can grill a steak or sous vide a steak, but our favorite way to prepare the steak in a cast iron. All you need are a few steaks, our delicious steak seasoning, butter, and a cast iron skillet.

why its the best way to cook a steak

Cast iron steak always leaves you with a thick brown crust and a juicy inside.

The only tool you need is a cast iron.

You have a lot of control over how your steak is cooked.

A steak with dry rub on it.

Featured Ingredients

Steak: the beauty of cast iron steak is that it is you can make steak on your time and use whatever cut of steak that you would like. Our preferred cut is a ribeye steak. Ribeye tends to have great marbling and flavor.

Homemade steak seasoning: some people prefer just salt and pepper on their steak, but we are big fans of taking the flavor up a notch with our homemade steak seasoning. Not only does it add great flavor, but it helps to create a delicious crust on the steak.

Butter: butter, butter, butter. Though you initially sear the steak in oil, eventually you spoon melted butter over the steak as it sears. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Tools for Cast Iron Steak

Best Cuts of Beef for Cast Iron Steak

Looking for the best steak cuts for cast iron steak? Here are a few of our tried and true favorites.

  • Ribeye steak
  • New York Strip
  • Sirloin steak
  • Flank (check out our Grilled Flank Steak recipe)
  • Skirt steak
  • T-bone steaks
  • Tri-tip steak
  • Filets mignons
  • Porterhouse
Garlic butter and herbs in a bowl.

How to Make Cast Iron Steak

  1. Dry rub the steak. Season the steak with the homemade steak seasoning. We use a tablespoon, but if you would like more, feel free to add it. Massage the steak with your hands.
  2. Let it rest. Let the steak rest for 20-30 minutes to come to room temperature and to allow the meat to salt.
  3. Make the garlic butter. Mix the garlic butter together with the herbs and salt until mixed and smooth.
  4. Get the cast iron very hot. When the steak is ready, heat olive oil a large cast iron skillet over high heat until the cast iron is very hot. You will hear the olive oil sizzle when the cast iron is ready.
  5. Sear the steak. Add the steak to the pan and sear the steak for about 3 minutes. How long you sear the steak will depend on how thick the steak is. If you have a thinner steak you may need to sear the steak for 2 minutes. Flip the steak and immediately add the garlic butter to the cast iron. When the butter melts begin to carefully spoon the butter over the steak for 3 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired temperature (we prefer 135ºF, medium-rare).
  6. Let it rest. Immidately remve the steak from the pan and let the steak rest on a cutting board to allow the juicest to settle.

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A spoon scooping butter onto a steak.

Steak Internal Temp

Everyone is different when it comes to how they like their steak. We are big fans of a medium-rare steak, but check the internal temperature of your steak when it’s almost done.

Rare: 130ºF

Medium Rare: 140ºF

Medium: 155ºF

Well Done: 165ºF

Remember, as your steak rests after it’s done cooking, the internal temperature will continue to raise around 5ºF.

Sliced cast iron steak on a plate.

Tips for Cast Iron Steak

Don’t sear a cold steak: be sure to remove the steak from the refrigerator at least 20-30 minutes before searing the steak to bring it to room temperature.

Don’t overcook: when in doubt, keep an eye on the internal temperature of your steak. We like to keep a meat thermometer on hand at all times while searing a steak to make sure we can sear it to the perfect temp

Let Rest: always let your steak rest once you’re done grilling so that it can continue cooking 5ºF more. Letting your meat rest also helps make your steak super juicy.

Cast Iron Steak FAQ

How long do you cook a steak in cast iron?

You cook cast iron steak for about 6-8 minutes, flipping half way, depending how thick your steak is. Less time for thinner steaks. About 6 minutes for a 1-1.5-inch steak.

How long to cook steak in cast iron for medium rare?

You cook a steak for about 3 minutes per side for a 1-1.5-inch steak.

Do you use butter or oil when cooking steak in a cast iron skillet?

Both butter and oil can be used to cook steak in a cast iron skillet.

Sliced steak on a plate.

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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