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.
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!
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!
- 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.
FAQs, Tips, & Tricks
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.
Cast-iron is the key to a good sear. Cast iron distributes heat evenly allowing for an edge to edge even sear.
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.
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.
Allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it so the flavor and moisture can settle back into the meat.
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?
More Amazing Steak Night Recipes
- Grilled Bavette Steak
- Grilled Coffee-Crusted Flank Steak
- Steak Frites with Rosemary Duckfat Fries
- Grilled Chimichurri Steak and Potato Power Bowl
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Perfect Pan Seared Ribeye Steaks
- 2 1” – 1 ½” thick bone in ribeye steaks
- Salt and pepper
- 2 garlic cloves smashed
- 2 tbsp butter
- Few sprigs of fresh thyme
- 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.