These really are the Perfect Pan-Seared Ribeye Steaks! This recipe is a 10-minute method to achieve tender and juicy steak with a perfectly crispy crust. 

A bone in seared ribeye in a skillet with garlic and butter melted in the drippings

Is there anything in the meat world as sexy as a perfectly cooked steak?

I mean, I love meat. All of it. BUT there is something so insanely good about the simplicity of slicing into a juicy, tender, red, and flavorful steak. 

The problem is that cooking the perfect ribeye steak recipe is something that at-home cooks struggle with. So, I’m going to walk you through exactly how to cook a steak in a pan for perfectly seared ribeye steaks!

Two raw bone in ribeye steaks with salt, garlic and herbs around them

How Should Ribeye Steaks Be Cooked?

The key to a perfect ribeye is a cast-iron skillet.

Seriously. As cast iron heats, the heat is evenly distributed throughout the pan. Unlike other pans, the cast-iron gets hot and stays hot all the way throughout the cooking surface. 

You know what that means? A perfect crust on the steak every single time

Ingredients for pan-seared ribeye steaks

Ingredients Needed

  • Ribeye Steaks – look for well-marbled, bone-in steaks that are about 1-1½”-inch thick. 
  • Salt and Pepper – seasoning red meat with salt before cooking helps pull out liquid and lock in flavor.
  • Garlic – use freshly smashed garlic cloves for the best flavor. 
  • Butter and Fresh Thyme – a makeshift garlic herb butter melted over the steak to create incredible flavor. 

How to Cook Ribeye Steak in a Pan

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and season the steaks with salt. Add oil into the skillet, then place the steaks into the pan. Cook until a perfect crust forms. 

Flip the steak in the cast iron pan, top with butter, garlic, and thyme, and cook for 3 minutes, basting with the juices. 

Remove the steaks from the pan, wrap in foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve!

How Long Do You Cook Ribeye Steak?

This depends on the overall size and thickness of the steak you’re using. I cook the 1-1½”-thick steaks I use for roughly 3 minutes per side and they come out perfectly.

Keep in mind that the time on a recipe is not as important as the temperature of the meat. I recommend keeping an instant-read thermometer nearby to double-check your work. 

Here’s a quick guide to cooking ribeye steaks:

  • Rare: 130-135ºF
  • Medium-Rare: 140-145ºF
  • Medium: 155-160ºF
  • Well-done: 165-170ºF

GirlCarnivore Pro Tip: Add a minute of cook time per inch of thickness to this recipe. For thicker steaks, be sure to increase the time to make sure it’s cooked to your liking.

Rib eye, sliced to show a pink center

FAQs, Tips, & Tricks

Bring the meat to room temperature

  • This helps it cook faster and more evenly. Let your steak sit out for 20 minutes before cooking after salting.
  • How to cook 2 ribeyes at the same time?

    If you’re cooking more than one steak, make sure they’re similar in size and thickness so they cook at the same rate. 
    Check to see if 2 fit in your pan without overlapping or use two frying pans at the same time.

    Use a cast-iron skillet.

    Cast-iron is the key to a good sear.  Cast iron distributes heat evenly allowing for an edge to edge even sear.

    Preheat your skillet

  • Preheating is crucial for a good sear. Allow the pan to preheat before adding the steaks. You’ll heat that signature sizzle when you lay the meat in the pan. If you don’t it’s not hot enough.
  • Be careful!

    When working with a hot cast iron, be sure that one hand is always in an oven mitt or you wrap the handle in a kitchen towel. 

    Allow the crust to form without touching the steak.

    Don’t touch. Let the steaks cook, untouched, for 2 to 3 minutes so they have time to form that perfect crust.
    To see if a crust has formed, gently pull back on the meat with tongs. If the steak sticks, it’s not ready yet. Any tugging will result in tearing the meat.

    Let it rest.

    Allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it so the flavor and moisture can settle back into the meat.

    Pan seared steak in cast iron skillet and one sliced on cutting board to show pink center next to it

    Serving Suggestions

    Serve these perfect pan-seared ribeye steaks with any of your favorite comforting sides. Try air fryer mushrooms, mashed potatoes and roasted green beans, baked potatoes, or a pile of your favorite roasted veggies!

    How to Store

    Leftover ribeye steaks will last wrapped tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

    To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen, then warm in a skillet on the stove until heated through.

    But seriously, how often have you had leftover steak?

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    Perfect Pan Seared Ribeye Steaks

    4.62 from 13 votes
    Prep: 5 mins
    Cook: 6 mins
    5 mins
    Total: 11 mins
    Servings: 2
    Two raw bone in ribeye steaks with salt, garlic and herbs around them
    Pan-frying a steaks is a must master skill because it produces the best outer crust and perfect medium-rare center every time, once you master the skills! This recipe is a classic with thick ribeye steaks basted in a garlic butter sauce and cooked to perfection – every time! It's our go-to method for quick steak dinners!

    Ingredients  

    • 2 1” – 1 ½” thick bone in ribeye steaks
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 garlic cloves smashed
    • 2 tbsp butter
    • Few sprigs of fresh thyme

    Instructions 

    • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
    • Season the steaks with salt. Swirl in olive oil until just smoking.
    • Quickly place the steaks in the pan. You will hear a roaring sizzle. Allow the steaks to sit, untouched, for 3 minutes to form the perfect crust.
    • Flip and place the butter, garlic and thyme over the steaks. Cook another 3 minutes basting with the juices.
    • Remove the steaks from the pan, wrap in foil, and allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing from the bone. Serve with the accumulated juices from the pan.

    Video

    Notes

    This recipe features bone-in ribeyes but this method also works for boneless steaks. 
    When working with hot cast iron, be sure one hand is always in an oven mitt or that the handle is wrapped well in a kitchen towel.
    To see if the crust has formed, gently pull back a little with tongs. If the steak sticks to the pan – it’s not ready yet. Be patient. Pulling will simply ruin the crust, and tear the meat. 
    Want to take the flavor ever further? Try adding a little umami powder (like my Ooomami blend). The mushroom blends adds a deeper savory note to steaks and beef. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 203mg | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 11mg
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Kita Roberts
    Keyword: pan-seared ribeye

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    Comments

    1. I absolutely rest my steaks (poultry and pork, too). I never used to, but once I discovered the resting method, I never looked back. The difference in the juiciness of the meat is amazing.

      1. Can I get this done in a regular non stick pan..im am a not so professional chef “at home dad” and I’m trying to suprise my wife with something new than just a traditionally cooked steak.. Please help

        1. Hey Tony, you can def try this in an oven safe pan. Cast iron holds and disburses heat incredibly well, which is what creates the amazing crust. You want to make sure that whatever pablo you use can hold up to the hugh heat of the oven. Another option would be to sear in the pan and use a preheated baking dish to finish. I hope this turns out great! I am sure shewill appreciate it. Tag us in pics if you make the steaks! #girlcarnivore

          1. Wish I had gotten this sooner she devoured hers and I mine it turned out great, just have to upgrade my cook warelol other than that it was amazing. I did however make a sauteed mushroom gravy with the juices left over, it was an awesome topper and something great to dip bread in. Thank you for your help💙💙

    2. 5 stars
      Of course I let the meat rest. Reading allows the juices to draw back to the center. Love your site and the sass.

    3. My favorite steak and my favorite way of cooking it. There’s a US Grade Prime Ribeye, proportions that’d satisfy Fred Flintstone, in the Fridge for tomorrow. This is the way I’ll be cooking it, though with a ribeye as large as a roast a sojourn in the oven to finish it may be necessary.

    4. This is a perfect recipe for the coming winter months when you can’t get outside to grill. I love my cast iron pan for this type of cooking. Thanks for all the tips!

    5. Practice is key, but a thermometer is necessary too. Thanks for your tips, your steak looks perfectly cooked and fork-tender and juicy!

    6. Boy, I am one of those who never used thermometer when I cooked steak, and t did not even crossed my mind to do so. Will use thermometer next time, and I am looking forward for the perfect, juicy and delicious steak. Thank you.

    7. Hello, my name is Rebecca, and I’m terrible at overcooking steak. 🙂 Well… I should say that I WAS terrible at it because I followed all your tips and made a perfectly cooked steak last night for dinner. Seriously, so good! Thank you!

    8. Oh yes! This ribeye steak looks AMAZING! My husband just asked me to make it tomorrow, so I think I will use your recipe;)

    9. Oh hello, gorgeous steak! Give me that steak and a few slices of crusty bread and I’ll eat like a queen! This looks absolutely delicious!

    10. It’s been a while since I tried other steak recipes (I have a few that I consider my favorite) but when I stumbled upon your recipe, it made me really want to make it and see if it’s time to update my list. Love the beef temps for cooking table – so handy!

    11. I tried this recipe twice and both times it came out perfect (in a non stick frying pan). I achieved a wonderful crust, amazing taste and it was very tender and juicy medium rare steak. Thank you very much for posting this recipe. 😊

    12. This looks like an incredible recipe!!! I don’t have a cast iron skillet. Can you use a regular skillet?
      Please advise cause I have a ribeye and am anxiousto try!!!!
      Thanks in advance for your reply!

      1. Hi Shar, cast iron is unique in its ability to heat evenly, hold heat, and is naturally nonstick. You won’t get the same results in other oven safe pans, but you will still be able to cook the ribeyes. We recommend checking out the Lodge 10” skillet as a great investment piece.

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