Saturday, January 22, 2011


Hubs is not your typical American person. He likes eating steak but just every once in a while. I've tried making steak at home a few times but hubs doesn't really care for it. Every once in a while we would have a steak when we go out and it. Until recently I found a way to make steak without needing to use the grill because it can be a pain in my you know what to start the grill just to make a piece of steak. 

One day when we ran to the store to get some milk hubs suddenly said that he wanted steak. I don't normally buy steak at home so I told him that we were going to have to get some. When you just run to the store to grab something buying steak when is not on sale can be quite expensive but since we don't normally get steak we just bought some. I don't even remember which cut we bought but I think it cost about $8/lbs or more. It might be cheap cut for those steak lover out there. 

When we got home I quickly marinate the steak with my homemade marinate and let the steak thaw out to room temperature.

Lodge Logic L14SK3 Pre-Seasoned 15 Inch Cast-Iron Skillet

Then  Heat your oven to its highest temperature (usually 500 degrees F) with the cast iron pan inside.  It may take a while until the pan is completely heated.  When the pan has reached the temperature of the oven, remove it place over a lit burner (this works best with a gas range) for a few minutes to let the pan soak up more heat.

While you are heating the pan, make sure your steak has been taken out of the refrigerator and allowed to warm up to room temperature.  Rub in the seasonings to make sure the steak is evenly coated on both sides.  Be careful not over season, as the seasonings are there to enhance the flavor of the meat, not cover it up.   
Place your steak, oiled side down, in the heated pan while still on the burner.  DO NOT touch the steak for at least 1 1/2 to 2 minutes while it is searing.  The meat and seasonings will form a crust and the steak with slightly separate from the pan.  With a pair of tongs, flip the steak once and allow the other side to sear.  After searing the second side for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, remove the pan from the stovetop, put a tsp of butter and place under the broiler.  The time you leave it under the broiler depends on how well done you want your steak.  Five to six minutes should be adequate for a 1 1/2 inch steak to be cooked medium rare.  Cook it longer or shorter to your liking.
I stir fry some vegetables to go with my steak with the drippings from the steak. Yummy...this is so simple with no grill involved and it only takes a little while to make it. The first time hubs ate my steak this way he wanted more!

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