Total Time
51 Mins
6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces beef and 3/4 teaspoon butter mixture)

This fantastic strip steak is the perfect dinner for date night or any special occasion that deserves 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. Don't know how to cook steak on the stove? No worries! Not only is this one of our best steak recipes, it's incredibly easy. 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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature.

Step 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.

Step 3

Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Discard thyme and garlic; spoon reserved butter mixture over steak.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, April, 2011

Ratings & Reviews

May 02, 2016
What kind of an obnoxious comment is that? You did not prepare the dish, eat the dish, or comment on the dish. It does not matter what the ingredients cost. ($50?  where do you shop?  Find a better place)  Either way - the recipe was simple, smart, pointed, and excellent. I just made it. You are a complete idiot and do not deserve to be posting your rude "non-review" comments on this site.

June 12, 2016
FYI, I was able to purchase 2 beautiful grass fed steaks for $13. The rest of the ingredients I already had at home. However, we'll cost it out at another $5 for all of the other ingredients.That's legitimately $18 for two full steaks with preparation. If you wanna get technical, I also used about $0.50 in gas and electricity to make them too.So, not quite sure what your nonsensical comment was getting at, but it surely doesn't reflect on the actual recipe, nor does your rating.

July 25, 2017
What are you even talking about? I got 2 grass-fed NY Strips for $8 each. All you have to do is keep am eure out for specials.

Simple perfection!

May 18, 2015
This recipe is so easy. I guess the only thing that isn't specified is the thickness of the steak. Use a pretty thick cut, 1.5-2" thick, follow the recipe to the letter, and your steak will turn out perfectly. I used a ribeye instead of a NY strip & it tasted like a high end steak house steak. Will definitely do this again.

November 06, 2016
If your stove has a heat setting that reads Low-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-High, try setting it in the 7.5-8 range and make sure you buy thick steaks. The ones I had were just over an inch thick. And don't skip the step of letting the steaks sit on the counter for a half hour before cooking. It sounds like you have a really hot cook top (not a bad thing!). The recipe is phenomenal, give it another shot, it is well worth it!

June 24, 2018
I don’t think so. You need the heat of cast iron. Circulon non stick would burn.

October 29, 2018
if you want the best steak in the world. no lie. Come to Chicago. Gibsons Steak House. I have been to many steak houses all across the country and that is the best!


April 30, 2016
So I have literally traveled the world looking for the perfect steak, and I could never make it myself, it always came out too dry or too undercooked on the inside and overcooked outside etc. So I only ordered it at expensive steak houses. My friends were coming over for a Game of Thrones dinner party to watch the season premiere and requested steak. Nervously, I accepted their request and took to the internet for help. I did the recipe with ribeye and NY Strip and followed it pretty much to the T except i added a little bit of longhorn steakhouse seasoning. Oh my goodness it was SOOOO delicious, they all ate every single bite even the fat. In fact we went out to a steakhouse a couple days later and they were like "this doesnt even come close to your steaks" and i was so thrilled. I did 2 minutes on each side for a rare steak and 3 on each side for a perfect medium (leaning to rare), oh and i covered the pan with a glass top for more even cooking. I recommend this to everyone, I am a huge steak lover so my wallet would suffer, but not anymore! Im not going out for steaks again when they're so much more delicious at home. Thank you my recipes! (i'd post a pic but we ate it all so quick lol) 


June 21, 2017
Okay, I looked at a number of recipes for cooking steak in cast iron and thought this looked especially good.  I was a bit intimidated and still am a bit over the doneness, but the steak was fantastic and got rave reviews.  I think the thyme and garlic enhanced the meat.  I will look no further for a great steak recipe.  I found it here.  Thanks.


July 25, 2017
I've used this recipe twice now. Both times the steak came out PERFECT. I will never make steak inside any other way again. Honestly I think I like this way better than cooking it on the grill.