There’s nothing like a delicious and juicy piece of steak in the summertime! The perfect steak doesn’t need much: just salt and pepper for seasoning – the rest of the flavor comes from the steak itself.
But how do you make it without a grill? Some would have you believe that a perfect steak is impossible without a grill. But I disagree.
Sure, a grill makes cooking perfect steak much simpler – just throw it on for a few minutes on each side and it’ll come out just right: with a flavorful, crispy outside and juicy and pink (or red! depending on how you like it) on the inside. Grilled steak is almost impossible to “mess up.”
But if you’re anything like me and you live in a city with no room for a grill, don’t fret! I will show you exactly how you can make that perfect steak right in your oven.
Step 1: Buy a good cut of steak
A good steak dinner starts with the right cut of meat. I highly recommend buying steak from a butcher instead of the supermarket packaged area. Butchers can recommend better cuts and their meat is usually more fresh.
Know your cuts: there are so many different cuts of steak and they all have different qualities, that make them ideal for different types of dishes. My favorites for cooking at home in the oven are: flank steak, short loin and sirloin.
If you’re cooking your steak in the oven, I recommend getting a cut that’s not too thin. It should be at least 1 inch thick, which allows it to cook nicely on the outside, while keeping the inside pink and juicy.
Ideally, your steak should be grass-fed. Grass-fed beef is nutritionally superior to regular beef because it is higher in omega-3s and vitamins. Aside from its health benefits, grass-fed cows are happier and better for the environment, so when I can afford it I always opt for grass-fed.
Step 2: Sear the outside on a hot pan
Now that you have your perfect cut of meat, it’s time to do the magic and turn it into a perfect steak!
You’ve probably noticed that when you grill a steak, it gets that awesome charred exterior – that’s where all the good flavor comes from. It’s not possible to get that result in the oven because the inside of the oven is simply not hot enough to do that in a short enough time to keep the inside pink! But we’re going to cheat a little bit and get a crispy outside by searing your steak on a pan.
I highly recommend using a cast iron skillet, but any frying pan would do. The trick is to get it very hot before you put the steak in. The sudden heat will sear the outside, sealing in amazing flavors, while keeping the inside of the steak raw.
I recommend using one of these cast-iron skillets because they have ridges in the bottom that give your steak that “grilled” look! Plus, they are oven-safe so you can move the steak directly into the oven in the same pan. That means less dishes to clean! Affiliate links:
To sear the steak, follow these steps:
- Grease the pan with some oil or ghee.
- Heat it over medium-high heat until it gets really hot. You can check that it’s hot by dropping a drop of water on it, and if the water hisses and evaporates, your pan is ready to go!
- Rub your steak with salt and pepper.
- Place it on the pan and let each side sear for about 4 minutes, or until the steak gets the golden-brown crust you crave.
- Remove from heat.
Step 3: Bake for a few minutes
Now that you’ve taken care of the exterior of your steak, it’s time to actually cook the inside.
Preheat the oven to 420 F. You can either use the same cast iron skillet (if it’s oven-safe) or transfer the steak to a baking pan.
- Spread a little bit of ghee over the steak
- Place the steak in the oven until it reaches your desired level of doneness. This is the time guide I use for a steak about 1 – 1.5 inches thick:4 minutes – rare5 minutes – medium6 minutes – medium-well7-8 minutes – well
- Remove from the oven and let stand for 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Enjoy your delicious creation and notice how well it came out without you ever having to turn on the grill! It’ll come out perfectly juicy on the inside, yet crispy and savory on the outside. You won’t even need a steak sauce, that’s how good it is!