Simple Cast Iron Steaks Recipe

Background and History

Cooking steaks in a cast iron skillet is a timeless method that has been cherished by home cooks and chefs alike for generations. Cast iron skillets have been a kitchen staple for centuries due to their excellent heat retention and durability. This simple yet flavorful method of cooking steaks allows for the perfect sear on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and tender, resulting in a mouthwatering dining experience.

Serves: 2 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 beef steaks (such as ribeye, sirloin, or filet mignon), about 8 ounces each
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • Optional: minced garlic, fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme) for extra flavor


Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper on both sides.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until it is very hot, about 5 minutes.

Add olive oil or butter to the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom.

Carefully place the seasoned steaks in the hot skillet and cook without moving them for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or adjust the cooking time according to your desired level of doneness.

Optional: Add minced garlic and fresh herbs to the skillet during the last minute of cooking for extra flavor.

Remove the steaks from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your simple cast iron steaks with your favorite side dishes or sauces.

Nutrition Facts: (per serving)

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 34g


  • Choose high-quality steaks with good marbling for the best flavor and tenderness.
  • Letting the steaks come to room temperature before cooking ensures more even cooking.
  • Avoid overcrowding the skillet to ensure that the steaks sear properly.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness: 130°F for medium-rare, 140°F for medium, and 150°F for medium-well.
  • Resting the steaks after cooking allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more flavorful and tender steak.

Allergy Warning

This recipe is gluten-free and nut-free. However, always check the ingredients of any seasonings or sauces for potential allergens.

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