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Perfectly Cooked Garlic Butter Steak (Time-Tested Recipe)

Dreaming of a well-seasoned, juicy steak? Then you need to check out this recipe for making the perfect garlic butter steak. It’s a time-tested recipe that’s super easy to follow, with tips to getting the doneness just right even with regular pans you’d have at home.

How to Make Garlic Butter Steak

It’s easier than you might be thinking it is to prepare a perfectly cooked garlic butter steak thanks to this recipe:

  • Prep the steak. Remove the T-bone steak from the fridge approximately 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 450℉.
  • Season. Season the steak with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Prepare the cooking pan. Place a cast iron or heavy-based frying pan over a high heat and add oil.
  • Preheat the pan. Preheat the pan over medium high heat for 3 minutes. A cast iron pan is best for this, but do use any pan you are familiar with.
  • Cook the steak. Add the steak to the pan and cook for 3 minutes (or until browned on the underside) then flip.
  • Prepare the garlic butter. Add the butter, smashed garlic cloves and fresh thyme.
  • Baste. Baste the steak with the garlic butter and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Bake. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 4 minutes (for medium rare steak).
  • Rest. Remove the steak from the oven and transfer to a plate. Allow to rest for approximately 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve. Serve with your favorite side.

Garlic Butter Steak

Garlic Butter Steak

3 Tips for Cooking a T-Bone Steak Perfectly

Here are 3 simple tips to keep in mind whenever you’re cooking a T-bone steak. They’re a great help when it comes to making sure that your steak turns out perfectly:

  • Bring steak to room temperature before cooking. Make sure that your steak is completely thawed before cooking. Aim to remove the T-bone from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you intend to cook it.
  • Don’t forget to preheat the pan. A very hot pan works best for giving your steak a good sear. Allow your frying pan to heat over high heat to melt the cooking oil before switching to medium high heat for a minimum of 3 minutes before cooking the steak.
  • Rest is essential. It’s absolutely essential to allow the T-bone steaks about 5 minutes to rest before serving them. This is because the temperature of the steak will continue to rise by as much as 5℉ after cooking; it will also give the juices in the steak enough time to properly settle.

Garlic Butter Steak

Garlic Butter Steak

How to Season a Steak Properly

Seasoning a steak the proper way is fairly straightforward; here’s exactly what you’ll need to do:

  • It’s perfectly fine to stick with the classic blend of salt and cracked black pepper.
  • It’s also okay to experiment by using chopped herbs or other spices to prepare homemade seasoning mixtures.
  • Season the steak well. Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper!
  • Aim to coat both sides of the steak so that a visible layer covers the entire surface area.

Garlic Butter Steak

The Best Types of Pan to Use for Cooking Steak – 3 Options

Wondering about the best type of pan to use for cooking steak? Here are 3 great options; they all work amazingly well whether you’re cooking rib eyes or T-bones:

  1. Cast iron skillet (great for the outer crust)
  2. Cast iron grill pan (for those grill marks!)
  3. Ceramic coated non-stick frying pan (easiest to work with)

Garlic Butter Steak

(Also try: Make-Ahead Garlic Butter)

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Garlic Butter Steak

Perfectly Cooked Garlic Butter Steak

  • Author: Emma - NurturedHomes.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds bone-in T-bone steak
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minute before cooking. 
  2. Preheat oven to 450ºF. 
  3. Season the steak with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  4. Place a cast iron or heavy-based frying pan over a high heat and add oil. 
  5. Preheat the pan over medium high heat for 3 minutes. 
  6. Add the steak to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, or until browned on the underside. 
  7. Flip the steak. 
  8. Add the butter, garlic and thyme. 
  9. Baste the steak with the butter and cook for 3 minutes.
  10. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven. 
  11. Bake for 4 minutes for medium rare. 
  12. Remove the steak from the oven and transfer to a plate. 
  13. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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