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Learn how to cook steak perfectly every single time with this easy to follow recipe where steak is seared in a skillet on the stove and finished in the oven. 

Two steaks in a skillet, topped with a pat of butter

What are the different grades of beef?

There are three grades of beef steak that you will find in a US supermarket: Select, Choice, and Prime. Select is generally the grade of sale-priced, or advertised meat. Select grade is just above what the USDA deems edible. So if you buy Select grade meat, don’t be surprised when it isn’t that great. It will always be worth it to pay the extra money per pound for the Choice grade. If it is choice grade, it will be advertised as such and marked somewhere on the label or packaging. If your supermarket carries Prime grade, lucky you!

Buy Choice or Prime Grade steaks for best results.

What temperature should steak be cooked to?

Whether you like your steak practically raw on the plate, or dry as a bone, this steak doneness chart should help you out. The chef’s standard level of doneness is medium-rare. At this point it  will be tender, juicy, and if you do it just right the steak will melt in your mouth. With practice you can tell how cooked a steak is just by feel alone. Every steak has a different cooking time due to varying thicknesses of the cuts. Be wary following anything that tells you a cooking time rather than a temperature. Use an instant read meat thermometer for the most accurate results.

Steak Doneness Chart: What temperature should steak be cooked to?

What cut of steak should I use?

What cut of steak you make depends on what you like in a steak. There are 5 main steak options, each a little bit different in their texture and tenderness.

Porterhouse and T-Bone Steaks

What is it? Porterhouse and T-Bone steaks are similar cuts of beef that come from the short loin. These cuts both have a T-shaped bone in the middle and contain two different pieces of meat: tenderloin and strip steak. Porterhouse steaks are cut from the rear end of the short loin and contain a larger portion of the tenderloin, while T-Bone steaks are cut from the front end and contain a smaller portion of the tenderloin.

Why use it? This steak gives you two different steaks in one! One side is super meaty, the other tender. The bone in the middle keeps things cooking evenly.

Ribeye Steak

What is it? Ribeye is a beef steak that is cut from the rib area, between ribs six through twelve. It is a flavorful, marbled piece of beef that yields a very tender result when cooked hot and fast. You can buy both bone-in and boneless ribeye steak.

Why use it? The marbling of fat in this steak yields a melt-in-your-mouth steak when cooked correctly. The bone-in variety will help the steak cook more evenly. This is a fattier cut of steak that pickier eaters might not appreciate.

New York Strip Steak

What is it? New York Strip steak is a lean cut of beef from the short loin area. It is one side of the porterhouse or T-bone steak and is always served boneless.

Why use it? This is a lean cut of beef steak with little fat. It is an excellent choice for mass appeal.

Top Sirloin Steak

What is it? Top Sirloin comes from the back area continuing off the short loin area. Top sirloin has bones and the bottom round muscles removed.

Why use it? This is a less expensive cut of steak that can still yield a tender and flavorful result. This cut of steak is best suited for marinating and is a more budget conscious steak option.

Filet Mignon

What is it? Filet mignon comes from the small tip portion of the tenderloin.

Why use it? This is the most tender piece of beef steak and is still quite lean. It is a pricey option, but the resulting melt-in-your-mouth tenderness is unparalleled.

A juicy seasoned steak topped with a pat of butter and served with mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate

Bone-in vs Boneless Steaks

There is an endless debate amongst foodies about whether steaks are better bone-in or boneless, or whether or not it matters at all. Those who advocate for bone-in say that the flavorful marrow from the bone will seep into your meat while cooking, giving you a more flavorful result.

Bone-in DOES impact the cooking time of your steak. The bone changes the way the heat is distributed while cooking. It actually helps your steak cook more evenly and gives you a little more leeway with overcooking. Bone-in steaks will require a longer cooking time because the bone insulates the meat surrounding it. It takes a little more time for the heat to penetrate the interior, but once it does it spreads out evenly.

If you liked this recipe you may be interested in these other steak options, from beef to pork to seafood:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

A juicy seasoned steak topped with a pat of butter and served with mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate
Learn how to cook steak perfectly every single time with this easy to follow recipe where steak is seared in a skillet on the stove and finished in the oven.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
  • 2 beef steaks at least 1-inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • Remove steaks from refrigerator and any packaging and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Rub each side with the olive oil to coat. Combine the salt, pepper, and white pepper in a small bowl. Rub both sides of each steak with the rub mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Preheat a heavy, oven-safe skillet over high heat until it is smoking hot. Sear steaks in the hot pan for 2-3 minutes per side. If the steak has a side of fat, turn the steak onto its side and render the fat by searing it for 2-3 minutes as well.
  • Slide the skillet with the seared steaks in it into the oven to finish cooking. Remove the steaks from the oven 5 degrees before the desired level of doneness is achieved, or 130 degrees F for medium rare.
  • While the steaks are cooking, use a fork to combine the butter with garlic in a small bowl.
  • When the steaks are removed from the grill, immediately top with 1 tablespoon of the butter mixture and allow the steaks to rest 10 minutes before cutting into them. The temperature of the steak will continue to rise as it rests by about 5 degrees.


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 1387mg | Potassium: 800mg | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.6mg
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cook Steak
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Anissa Nolen
January 4, 2020 5:22 pm

5 stars
Amazing. Never made a great steak until this. I am not a good cook yet I found this easy and the results were amazzzinngggg. I seared for the 3 minutes in one side and noticed that was too long and 2 minutes in the other and that was perfect. I’m sure it varies per stove.

March 8, 2020 10:35 pm
Reply to  Anissa Nolen

5 stars
Your method for cooking steak is dead-on! I tired it for the 1st time and my steak come out prefect (If I do say so myself). I’ll be searching more things that are done by you!

Casey Older
August 8, 2019 5:38 pm

As informative as this page is. I did not find how long to cook your steaks in the oven. Your chart displays the baking temperature, look, feel and thermometer temperature. However, it does not tell you how long to bake the steaks in the over for? Could you please tell me how long to bake steak for medium? Please do not tell me to reference to your chart as I have already reviewed it.

Thank you.

Anissa Nolen
January 4, 2020 5:25 pm
Reply to  Casey Older

Defitnely depends on how you like you’re steak I left mine in for about 7 minutes. And my steak was medium.

Debbie Baines
August 22, 2020 11:41 am
Reply to  Casey Older

Hi Casey
My steak was approx 3/4 inch thick, left it in oven for 5min.
Was beautiful.

August 25, 2020 7:38 am

5 stars
Hi, do you let it rest in the cast iron itself?

August 25, 2020 9:55 am
Reply to  Manu

You’ll want to remove it from the pan and let it rest on a plate.

April 20, 2020 7:14 pm

I’ve done this method twice and it was wonderful!,,,,I am not a good cook at all, but both times the steaks were perfect, Rachel you’re a genius, am trying one of the pasta recipes next, THANKS for your help, much appreciated . Michelle Werner

April 23, 2019 5:05 pm

5 stars
That recipe came out perfect! I’ve been ruining steak on grills and stove tops for years but not any more!! Thank you for your terrific recipes!

May 25, 2019 9:06 pm

My husband loved it!!!! I finally made his perfect steak!!

Jennifer knight
October 14, 2020 6:59 pm

These recipes have helped me so much my husband loves rare steak and I’ve learned to cook it perfectly thank you so much for all the amazing recipes I’ve tried many and they always come out perfect

Jeanette B
October 14, 2020 3:52 pm

5 stars
This recipe turned out beautifully! My family likes their steaks well done, so I kept them in the oven for 12 minutes. They loved it! The rub added delicious flavor, and the garlic butter topper gave the final touch of decadence. I will use this cooking method again and again for all my steaks. ❤️

August 12, 2020 8:11 pm

5 stars
Used a cast iron skillet for first time, hands down, best steak I ever made with this recipe! I through some blue cheese crumbles no mine, perfect!

August 10, 2020 4:33 pm

Excelente la explicación des corte, los tipos de carne y la cocion me encantó mucho. Gracias

April 21, 2020 3:58 pm

5 stars
I’ve made steaks with this recipe many times now and I am so impressed. They are absolutely delicious- the cooking method plus the seasoning mix and garlic butter!?! Omg. My husband used to grill our steaks…. but these are better. He’d die if he knew I said that but it’s true! Now I make the steaks. ?

September 3, 2019 5:56 pm

5 stars
Very good

October 25, 2019 4:25 pm
Reply to  Walter

5 stars
The steak can out amazing. 3 minutes per side on the stove top in cast iron 5 minutes in the oven. If I knock a little time off the stove top part they would probably be perfect for how I like them. Anyhow, great recipe thank you for sharing it.

Linda VanMeter
June 16, 2019 5:16 pm

looks delicious

June 2, 2019 6:19 pm

4 stars
It was very good… I think the searing should be dependent on the thickness. We had a 1 incher and 3 min each side was a bit too long, on the second I did 2 min and then baked for about 4 to 6 min to get to 128 deg. After it sat, the meat was a perfect medium rare while the 3 min/side one was solid medium…

Both were great flavor wise and worth doing.


Mario H.
May 30, 2019 7:45 pm

5 stars
I tried it for my first time and it came out great! A little heavy on the salt thou…mario

C lennox
March 24, 2019 5:19 pm

Wow! My fear of cooking steak is in the past! This was so incredibly good!

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