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Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak Recipe

The steak is marinated in the refrigerator for 45 minutes, then quickly fried in a cast iron pan before cooking.

pan seared sirloin steak finished in oven

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished) is a delicious and popular way to cook steak that results in a perfectly seared exterior with a juicy, tender interior. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1-2 thick-cut steaks (ribeye, sirloin, or filet mignon)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Garlic cloves (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Season your steaks generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the vegetable oil.
  4. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the steaks to the skillet. Sear the steaks for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until a nice crust forms. If you like garlic, you can also add a few cloves to the pan at this point.
  5. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Using a spoon, baste the steaks with the melted butter for about a minute.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and let the steaks cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of 130°F. For medium, aim for 140°F.
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steaks rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and results in a more tender steak.
  8. Slice and serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy!

Note: The cook time will depend on the thickness of your steak, so it’s best to use a meat thermometer to ensure your steak is cooked to your desired temperature.

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