Beef Steaks Recipe

Juicy and flavorful beef steaks are a classic favorite for any occasion. Whether grilled to perfection or seared in a cast iron skillet, this recipe will guide you to creating tender and succulent steaks that are sure to impress.

Ingredients

  • 2 Beef Steaks (preferably ribeye, sirloin, or tenderloin, about 1-1.5 inches thick)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (or any high smoke point oil)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (smashed)
  • Fresh Herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or sage)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

1. Prepare the Steaks:

  • Remove the steaks from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature. This ensures even cooking.
  • Pat the steaks dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture, which helps in achieving a good sear.
  • Generously season both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Preheat Your Cooking Surface:

  • For Grilling: Preheat your grill to high heat (450-500°F / 230-260°C).
  • For Skillet: Heat a cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat until it’s very hot.

3. Sear the Steaks:

  • Add the olive oil to the hot skillet or brush it on the grill grates.
  • Place the steaks in the skillet or on the grill.
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare (internal temperature of 130-135°F / 54-57°C). Adjust the cooking time according to your preferred doneness:
    • Rare: 2-3 minutes per side (120-125°F / 49-52°C)
    • Medium-Rare: 3-4 minutes per side (130-135°F / 54-57°C)
    • Medium: 4-5 minutes per side (140-145°F / 60-63°C)
    • Medium-Well: 5-6 minutes per side (150-155°F / 66-68°C)
    • Well-Done: 6-7 minutes per side (160°F+ / 71°C+)

4. Add Butter and Aromatics:

  • If cooking in a skillet, lower the heat to medium and add the butter, garlic, and fresh herbs to the pan during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
  • Tilt the pan slightly and use a spoon to baste the steaks with the melted butter and aromatics. This adds rich flavor and moisture to the steaks.

5. Rest the Steaks:

  • Transfer the cooked steaks to a plate or cutting board.
  • Cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Resting allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy steak.

6. Serve:

  • Slice the steaks against the grain for tenderness.
  • Optionally, squeeze a lemon wedge over the steak for a touch of acidity.
  • Serve with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

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