Follow our foolproof recipe for a restaurant-quality steak in under 10 minutes. Serve with a simple steak sauce and a classic side like roasted potatoes. From the book Mad Hungry, by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).



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  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron) over high 5 minutes. Generously season steaks with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to pan, then immediately top with one steak. Repeat with remaining 1/2 teaspoon butter and steak. Cook without moving steaks until a golden brown crust forms, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook 2 minutes more for rare, or 3 to 4 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Slice steaks against the grain; serve with sauce, if desired.

  • Heat a 10- or 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Season the steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Seconds before adding a steak, drop 1/2 teaspoon of the butter into the pan and immediately top with the steak. Repeat with the remaining steak. Sear for 3 minutes without moving the steak (to form a crust). Turn and cook for 2 minutes for rare or 3 to 4 for medium rare. Remove the steaks from the pan and let them rest on a board or platter for a few minutes before serving.

Reviews (11)

265 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 78
  • 4 star values: 82
  • 3 star values: 58
  • 2 star values: 36
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 1.0 stars
I have to agree with the people here who said following the recipe delivered a burnt steak! I find it hard to believe, but apparently electric ranges are hotter than gas ones. About the only time I cook over a burner dialed up to High is when I'm boiling water for pasta, potatoes, or canning. The one time I tried cooking a steak on High in a cast iron pan I got the same results as several other people here - burned and ruined $20 piece of meat, smoke alarm going crazy, and dinner consisting of just the baked potato and salad - didn't even feel like pouring wine.
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing! Make certain your fan is on, but these are perfectly done steaks, as are most recipes from Martha Stewart. She is ALWAYS my go-to when I want the best.
Rating: 4 stars
Impressive, it came as as I would expect from a good restaurant - Thanks
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was perfect. I have a 12" cast iron skillet and use veggie oil to preheat. My NY steaks were a bit cold so I added a minute to each side of the steaks. 4 minutes on one side...flip...5 minutes on the other. I will do this always in cold winter months (or if I run out of propane!).
Rating: 5 stars
This came out perfectly; I didn't even have to adjust the cooking time. I've found I can preheat my pans longer with vegetable oil than with butter. I use cast iron and with longer preheating times I get more even temperature. I think the note about warming the steaks to room temperature helps them cook more evenly too. Thanks!
Rating: 3 stars
I've only ever had open flames in my kitchen twice. Once when a little too much fat ac[filtered]ulated in my toaster oven from warming up chicken tenders and such, and when I tried this recipe. The pan was (per the video) "blazing hot" (400F). I dropped in less than a teas[filtered] of buffer, and the steak on top of it. I got INSTANT billowing black smoke, which filled the kitchen in seconds. I took a quick look at the bottom of the steak and it was charred black all around the butter, so I added a little more butter, again dropped the steak on top of it, and this time I got INSTANT 18 inch flames (this is an electric stove, and a very thick bottomed stainless pan). Took it off the stove, and tried to blow flames out. Meanwhile smoke had filled about half the house and set the fire alarm off. Finally got the fire out, but billowing smoke continued unabated. Finally had to put water into the pan, killing the smoke, the steak, and making a pretty good run at killing the pan (going to take a lot of work to get the black off). Not my favorite experience. My belated research indicates that smoke point of butter is 350F, so guessing "blazing hot" is really somewhere closer to that, than 400F. There are oils that could handle that higher temp, but not butter.
Rating: 4 stars
Hey ! I just followed the instruction BUT I used my new Gotham Steel ceramic 9" frying pan with a lid.. Worked great !! I would suggest that you choose the right steak that is properly marbled so as to enhance the flavor.. Served with a sweet potato (yes it was microwave in a corning ware dish(lid) 2" of water for 8 mins.) Nothing else needed... Will recommend, will do this again... As for the ceramic pan/wLid, these are the new no brainers. Cleaned up the pan in 3o seconds. Enjoy !
Rating: Unrated
DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE WITHOUT A READY FIRE EXTINGUISHER! I followed the directions to a T. 3 minutes on the first side (BURNED), 2 minutes on the second side (also BURNED). My expensive steak is ruined. I'm hungry with no dinner. My house is so smokey I can't even believe it. When the smoke alarms started going off, my poor dog made a bee-line for the front door. He didn't believe me when I told him the house wasn't on fire, it was just my cooking.
Rating: 5 stars
A very easy, but delicious, steak to fry up at home! Total time from start to finish was maybe 10 minutes. I used a white wine as a de-glazer, which was pretty good. Although I think red would still be better. Overall, one of the best steaks I've made!
Rating: Unrated
This was fantastic- my only complaint is the video showed unrendered fat..... Yuck. After the steak was done, I tipped it on all sides allowing each side to sear on the pan for about 10 seconds.... This allows the fat to 'render' or melt down into beautiful yumminess!....
Rating: 5 stars
I'm not a meat fan, so I had to make it in blind faith for my meat eater husband before his steaks went bad. It turned out awesome. I accidentally dumped way too much pepper on it and it wasn't too much at all turns out. So easy! Put the timer on, threw it in, BING, flip, set timer again, DONE.
Rating: Unrated
These came out perfect. I was glad I bought a cast iron pan because the sear on these was beautiful. I deglazed the pan with some white wine and reduced it before pouring over the steaks.