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

Perfect Pan Seared Ribeye Steaks

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 212kcal


  • 2 1” - 1 ½” thick bone in ribeye steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tablespoon 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.



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. 


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 203mg | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 11mg