Cooking perfect steak is simple, yet so many people manage to ruin it by literally boiling their steak in the pan instead of searing it. Follow the steps below and you will cook perfect steak every time.
1. Get the best cut of steak you can find. Good quality cuts are filet mignon, New York strip, ribeye steak , or t-bone.
2. Take your steak out of the fridge 20 to 30 minutes prior to cooking. Cooking any meat straight from the fridge results in tough meat. Salt and pepper your steak immediately so that it has a chance to tenderize.
3. Place a large, cast iron skillet on high heat. After a few minutes the pan will begin to smoke. Add a generous drizzle of olive oil to coat the pan.
4. Place your steak in the pan and sear for about 3-4 minutes on one sides so that it gets a golden brown coating.
5. Throw a few cloves of garlic into the pan with a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Add a few cubes of butter and turn the meat over again.
6. Drizzle with more olive oil and tilt the pan on its side spooning the buttery juice over the meat to baste it.
7. After about 4 minutes, use tongs to sear the fat running down the side of the meat as well.
8. Continue cooking to your desired doneness. Pour a little of the remaining butter from the pan on top of the steak. Allow to rest for 4 minutes before serving so that the meat preserves its juice.