You want steak, but you don’t want to grill. It’s okay, you can stay inside and cook steak in the oven. But you’ll want to start the steak on the stovetop to ensure that the steak is seared. Searing the steak is important because it seals in the juices and creates a tasty crust on the outside. The following instructions are for cooking two steaks indoors in 10 easy steps.

A requirement for cooking steak in the oven is a cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet retains heat and can be transferred from the stovetop to the oven. Cast iron skillets are inexpensive and easy to find. Get one that is large enough to fit two steaks.

For best results, choose steaks that are less than one inch thick. Save the thicker steaks for the grill.

Caution: Make sure that your kitchen area is well ventilated. Open a window and turn on the fan. Searing the steak at a high temperature on the stovetop can create smoke that may set off your fire alarm.

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Pat your steaks dry and season with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder, or seasonings of your choice.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet over high heat.
4. When oil is sizzling, use metal tongs to place the steaks in the skillet.
5. Cook the steaks on one side until seared, about five minutes.
6. Flip the steaks over with the tongs and sear the other side for one minute.
7. Now place the skillet containing the steaks into the preheated oven.
8. Cook for 5-7 minutes. You can cut into the center of the steak to check for desired doneness. Remove from the oven when the steaks are a little more rare than you want them. The steaks will continue to cook after you have removed them from the oven.
9. Place steaks on a plate. Try a restaurant trick: Top each steak with a pad of butter for a rich, buttery flavor.
10. Let the steaks rest for two minutes and serve.

Traditional accompaniments include french fries or baked potatoes and salad or green vegetables. Sauteed mushrooms or fried onions are delicious served atop the steaks.

Now that you can cook steak in the oven, you don’t have to wait until grilling season. You can have juicy, seared steaks any time of the year. Enjoy!


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