This Cast Iron Ribeye Steak is one of the juiciest you’ve ever tasted. Cooked with rosemary, thyme, and garlic butter, it is bursting with flavor and absolutely delicious.
The BEST Cast Iron Steak
Cast iron cooking makes the best steak. The steak cooks with a nice brown crust on the outside and the meat stays juicy and flavorful on the inside. Cooking with butter, garlic, rosemary, and thyme packs the steak with so much delicious flavor. For this recipe, we chose ribeye because it has great marbling and as the fat melts during cooking, it just adds to the texture and taste that you won’t be able to get enough of.
What you need to make a juicy steak
- Boneless ribeye steak- This fattier cut of meat means a juicier, tastier steak.
- Kosher salt- Kosher salt is larger than table salt and helps with the flavor and crusting.
- Rosemary and thyme sprigs- These flavors go great with steak.
- Garlic cloves- Garlic adds a strong pungent flavor that complements the savoriness of the steak.
- Butter- Butter adds a nice flavor to the steak and also makes it juicier.
- Avocado oil- This is used for frying the steak in the cast iron pan.
How to make a perfect cast iron ribeye steak
- Season the steak. Let the ribeye steak sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Pat it dry with a paper towel and then season it generously on the top, bottom, and sides with salt.
- Heat the cast iron pan. Over high heat, place the pan and allow it to get hot enough to smoke. Then add the avocado oil and the steak, being careful to lay it away from you to avoid hot oil splatter in your direction.
- Add the seasonings. Smash the garlic cloves with the side of your knife and place them with the butter, thyme, and rosemary in the pan.
- Baste. When the butter has melted, use a spoon to baste the ribeye steak with the herb and garlic butter.
- Flip. Once the steak has cooked for a few minutes and has a nice brown crust on it, flip it and continue basting.
- Cook until done. Cook the steak until it has reached the level of doneness that you prefer. Use a meat thermometer to help you find the internal temperature.
- Let the steak rest. Before you cut and serve the ribeye, allow it to rest for 10 minutes so that the juices don’t run out when you slice into it.
Basting is a really important step in making this cast iron ribeye steak. It provides a lot of flavor dispersed around the entire steak. Every inch will be covered with the flavors of the butter, thyme, rosemary, and garlic.
Should I add butter or not?
Steaks just soak up butter and it adds so much flavor to both the outside and inside of the meat. So, butter is a must.
What oil is best for searing steak
The best oils to use are those with higher smoke points. This is because searing a steak on a cast iron pan and getting that delicious crust on the outside will result in a lot of smoke. Also, make sure that you have good ventilation or a range hood when making this cast iron steak.
How to know when your ribeye is done
Your ribeye will be done when it reaches the internal temperature that you like. The best way to find out is to use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the steak. Different temperatures correspond to levels of doneness, such as: Medium rare – 140 degrees Fahrenheit, Medium – 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and Medium well – 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to serve with this cast iron ribeye
- Potatoes- These are a natural favorite with steak. Try scalloped, roasted, mashed, or baked.
- Vegetables or Salad- Some vegetables are a nice side with a rich ribeye. Try asparagus, broccoli salad, air fryer brussels sprouts or spinach salad.
- Rice- As an alternative to potatoes, try brown rice or quinoa fried rice.
Cast Iron Ribeye Steak
Season and sear the steak
- Let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to preparing it. Pat the steak dry with a paper towel, then generously season with kosher salt. You want to make sure to season the top, bottom, and sides of the steak.
- Now heat your cast iron pan over high heat. Once the pan is smoking pour in the avocado oil and gently place the seasoned steak into the pan. Always make sure to place it away from you so the hot oil doesn’t splash back at you.
Add butter, herbs, and garlic
- Now smash the garlic with the back of your knife and place it into the pan along with the thyme, rosemary, and butter.
- As the butter melts begin basting the steak with the garlic and herb-infused butter using a spoon.
Baste until done
- Once the steak has seared for a few minutes and formed a brown crust, flip it over, and continue basting with the melted herb butter on top. The best way to tell when your steak is done is by using an instant-read
meat thermometer. For a medium steak, you want the meat to be about 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For a medium-well steak, cook it to 150 degrees Fahrenheit