Cooking a steak in a cast iron skillet is a classic and delicious way to prepare this popular meat. Not only does the cast iron skillet create a beautiful sear on the steak, it also allows for even cooking and a juicy, tender result.

Cast iron pans have been used for centuries, dating back to at least the Han dynasty in China around 220 AD. The first cast iron pans were likely made by pouring molten iron into sand molds. These pans were heavy and thick, making them durable and long-lasting. Cast iron pans were highly valued because they could be used for a variety of cooking methods, including frying, roasting, and baking.

In the 1700s, cast iron pans were introduced to Europe and became increasingly popular as a cooking tool. Cast iron pans were also used in American colonial kitchens, with many households owning at least one. However, they were not mass-produced until the 1800s, when technological advances made it possible to produce them at a lower cost.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cast iron pans became a staple in American kitchens. Companies produced high-quality, durable pans that were used by generations of cooks. Cast iron pans were also popular on the frontier, where they were used over open fires.

However, the popularity of cast iron pans waned in the mid-20th century with the advent of nonstick pans. Cast iron pans were seen as old-fashioned and difficult to maintain. Many people got rid of their cast iron pans, not realizing their value. However, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in cast iron pans, with many cooks realizing their versatility and durability. Cast iron pans are now considered a valuable addition to any kitchen and are used by both home cooks and professional chefs alike.

Here’s how to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet.


  • 1 steak (ribeye, sirloin, or filet)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: garlic, butter, rosemary or thyme


  1. Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it start to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will ensure even cooking throughout the steak.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Generously season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the cast iron skillet on high heat until it starts to smoke.
  5. Add the oil to the skillet, making sure to coat the entire bottom.
  6. Carefully place the steak in the skillet. You should hear a sizzling sound.
  7. Let the steak sear for about 2-3 minutes on one side. Do not move it around.
  8. After 2-3 minutes, use tongs to flip the steak over and let it sear for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  9. If desired, add garlic, butter, and rosemary or thyme to the skillet.
  10. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired level of doneness.
  11. Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steak rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Here are some extra tips to make your steak the best ever

  • Make sure to use a high-quality steak for the best results.
  • Do not overcrowd the skillet with multiple steaks, as this will prevent the steak from searing properly.
  • Letting the steak rest before slicing it allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful steak.
  • For a medium-rare steak, bake for 5-7 minutes in the oven. For medium, bake for 7-10 minutes. Keep in mind that the cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the steak.

About the Author

Don Livingston

Don Livingston is a 43-year-old home chef who was raised by his grandmother, instilling in him a deep love for cooking. From a young age, he spent countless hours in the kitchen, absorbing his grandmother's wisdom on using fresh ingredients and traditional techniques. Don's passion for cooking has flourished over the years, and he has cultivated a unique culinary style that melds classic recipes with contemporary twists, resulting in visually stunning dishes bursting with bold flavors.Enter your text here...

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