Perfect Steak in a Skillet

Adapted from Chef Chris Lim, BLT Steak
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 5 min
YIELD: 1 steak
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • New York strip steak, room temperature
  • Fresh ground pepper (not too fine)
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
  • Special Equipment: seasoned cast iron skillet (10 inches in diameter)
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat the steak with pepper and then with a heavy sprinkling of salt. Heat the cast iron skillet until extremely hot (approximately 10 minutes). Add oil to the pan. Sear the steak on the first side 1 to 2 minutes until it develops a nice crust. Flip it, baste it with the oil, top with butter, garlic and thyme and place in the oven. Check every 2 minutes; cook to desired temperature (approximately 2 minutes for medium rare). Let the meat rest until the juices redistribute and slice across the grain on a slight bias.

Notes

"Warning: Please heat your pan cautiously. 10 minutes or under will suffice. Any longer and the oil could catch fire! Have a fire extinguisher ready, just in case."
Series: The Amateur Gourmet
Episode: Perfect Steak Episode (Ep. 1)

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