Cast Iron Steak
In rarely eat steak, but when I do I eat it rare. I know, terrible dad joke right there! It’s not that I don’t love steak, but it’s one of those heavier cuts of meat I save for when I really crave a hearty steak.
I’ll be the first one to say — there is nothing like the flavor from a perfectly cooked steak made on the grill. When you don’t have a grill, go for the next extra delicious option, a cast iron skillet! Cast iron skillets are the not so secret “secret weapon” of cooking. It adds so much flavor and creates the MOST mouthwatering sear on steaks and SO much more. With these steaks, the secret is the cast iron skillet, simple ingredients and of course, a hungry belly!
Note: you can adapt this to other cuts of meat, but keep in mind the adjustment for cook time. For this recipe, I used a 1 1/2 in. New York strip steak — the perfect thickness for a medium rare steak.
3 New York strip steaks (1 1/2 in.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoon Irish butter (can sub regular, salted butter)
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
3 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
Kosher salt/pepper, to taste (Note: this thick cut requires a generous amount of seasoning)
Begin by removing the steak from the refrigerator and allow to sit out for 45 minutes to an hour. Generously season the steaks with kosher salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, drizzle the olive oil in the cast iron skillet and place over high heat. Note: you can also heat in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, remove from oven and place over high heat (this helps heat the skillet evenly).
Place the steaks in the skillet and sear each side for two minutes, repeating until the steaks cook for a total of 8 minutes. Next, add the butter, sliced garlic, thyme and rosemary. Reduce the heat to medium and tilt the skillet to allow the butter to move to one side of the skillet. Continuously spoon the butter over the steaks for 1 minute.
Next, place the steaks on a separate plate/board and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
To serve, leave whole or slice and drizzle with the butter and garlic from the pan. Serve with your favorite sides for a simple, hearty and delicious meal!