This fantastic stip steak is the perfect dinner for date night or any special occasion that desserves something extra delicious on the table. A little butter adds richness and keeps the leaner-than-usual beef moist without adding much in the way of total fat. However, a word of caution: this recipe is smoky! Keep your exhaust fan on high or cook in a skillet on a hot outdoor grill.
6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces beef and 3/4 teaspoon butter mixture)
1. Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature.
2. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low; add butter, thyme, and garlic to pan. Carefully grasp pan handle using an oven mitt or folded dish towel. Tilt pan toward you so butter pools; cook 1 1/2 minutes, basting steaks with butter constantly. Remove steaks from pan; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes. Reserve butter mixture.
3. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Discard thyme and garlic; spoon reserved butter mixture over steak.