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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Pan-Seared Steak

The cast-iron skillet is essential for this recipe. Iron is heavy, and that means an iron pan holds the heat and distributes it evenly, so it browns well rather than scorching the food in some spots and leaving it pale in others. It's also nonstick.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • servings: 4


  • 2 one-inch-thick boneless sirloin steaks (or 4 one-inch-thick strip steaks)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Step 1

    With paper towels, dry steaks. Rub meat all over with oil, salt, and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Heat a cast-iron skillet on medium-high until a drop of water sizzles when it hits the pan.

  3. Step 3

    Cook steaks in hot skillet 5 minutes. Flip; cook until medium rare, 5 minutes more. Cook strip steaks in two batches.

Everyday Food, January/February 2003