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The Essential Seared Steak

The Essential Seared Steak

The Essential Seared Steak

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Look no further for your go-to steak method. This simple pan-sear with a butter baste results in perfectly tender and juicy steak cooked to your ideal level. Flipping the steak frequently ensures even cooking, and giving the steak and seasoning the chance to hang out in the fridge overnight results in perfectly seasoned bites all the way through.

Recipe Notes

*Some oils have a higher smoke point and handle high-heat cooking better than others. We recommend oils like canola, grapeseed, peanut, or avocado for this recipe. Avoid using olive oil, as it will burn.


1 (1-inch thick) well-marbled steak, such as ribeye or new york strip

2 Tbsp. seasoning of choice:

Canola oil, or other high smoke point oil*

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

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Step 1: Season steak

Pat steak dry and rub both sides with seasoning of choice plus Mayan Sea Salt to taste. Cover steak and rest in the fridge for at least one hour or up to overnight.

Step 2: Prepare to sear

An hour or two before beginning to cook, remove steak from fridge and set on a wire rack on top of a sheet tray. Leave uncovered to come to room temperature.

Step 3: First sear

Heat a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add just enough oil to shine on the bottom of the pan–there should be no pools of oil. When pan has just started to smoke, pat steak dry and set in center of pan. Sear for 1 to 2 min. until beginning to brown.

Step 4: Searing and basting

Flip steak to sear other side and add butter to pan. Once butter has melted, tilt pan so butter pools and use a spoon to repeatedly splash butter over steak. Flip steak every 30 to 45 seconds to ensure even cooking inside, and baste with butter every flip.

Step 5: Rest and serve

Use a meat thermometer to check steak for desired doneness: 125 degrees for rare, 135 degrees for medium rare, and up to 160 degrees for well-done. Let steak rest for 5 min. before slicing and serving.