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pan seared filet mignon in cast iron pan - the secret to cooking a perfect steak every time
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Cooking a perfect steak doesn’t need to be complicated. Pan searing a steak is a simple and quick indoor cooking method that many restaurants use to give your steak a great crust and a juicy middle. This high-heat steak cooking technique is perfect for beginner cooks and delivers restaurant-quality results in just six simple steps.

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To deliver an incredible steak dinner, it’s critical to start with an exceptional cut of beef. Omaha Steaks beef is aged 21+ days for maximum tenderness, hand-selected for the highest quality and expertly trimmed by master butchers.

For optimal results with the pan searing cooking method, select steaks that are 1 ½” thick or less. Steak cuts, like New York strip or ribeye, would be great choices for this method of cooking. For thicker steaks, we recommend sear-roasting.

How to Pan Sear a Steak for Restaurant-Quality Results

1. Prep steaks

Thaw steaks completely using one of these two thawing techniques: cold water quick thaw or refrigerator thawing. Once thawed, pat steaks dry on both sides. Excess moisture will inhibit the steak from getting a nice crust. Once dry, place the steaks on a raised-rack sheet pan or flat surface and season both sides with coarse salt and pepper or Omaha Steaks seasoning.

2. Turn stove on high and pre-heat skillet

Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat on the stove. You can also use stainless steel, however cast iron is the ideal skillet choice for pan searing steaks. Cast iron skillets are nonstick, retain heat, and give a great sear on your steak.

3. Add high-temp oil and place steaks in pan

Once your skillet is fully pre-heated, add a high-temp oil. Grapeseed oil, canola oil, ghee, duck or pork fat are great choices. To ensure a great sear and a perfect cook for your steak, the skillet needs to be HOT. The oil should sizzle when placed in the pan. If it doesn’t, your skillet isn’t hot enough. Once sufficiently hot, place steaks in pan.

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4. Cook both sides evenly using Omaha Steaks mobile app timer or cooking chart

Cook both sides of the steak evenly. It’s okay to flip more than once. We recommend using the Omaha Steaks app with cooking timer or this pan searing steak cooking chart for effortless cooking.

5. Remove from skillet 5 degrees below desired doneness

Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of your steak. Remove the steak from the skillet when it’s 5 degrees below your desired doneness.

  • Rare: 120°F
  • Medium-rare: 130°F
  • Medium: 140°F
  • Medium-well: 150°F
  • Well: 160°F

View the steak doneness guide and temperature chart to learn more about how doneness affects the steak texture.

6. Rest steak under foil tent 5-10 minutes and enjoy

It’s tempting to slice right into your steak, but the wait is worth it. Tent your steak with foil and let rest 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. This will result in a juicy, tender steak. You might also want to add a compound butter to your steak to add rich flavors and pair it with Omaha Steaks steakhouse side dishes for a perfect steak dinner.

Enjoy!

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