Steak makes the perfect main course for any night of the week or a special occasion. A good steak dinner can be as special as a birthday party or just a quick dinner on a Monday night. Whatever the reason may be, pick your favorite steak and learn how to cook it in the oven. You don’t have to grill to cook a good steak. In the area of skirts, ribs, rib eye, and even sirloin, your oven counts equally. Learn how to cook steak within the oven in only 20 minutes! Use these simple tips and tricks to make the right steak that’s caramelized, juicy, and tender. You will never cook it the other way!
How to cook your favorite steak
Steak is one of those classic diners that are perfect for special occasions. My whole family loves this and is excited to have it on the menu. A few of our other favorite special occasion meals are the chicken roll, spaghetti bolognese, and fettuccine alfredo.
If you’ve never tried cooking steak within the oven, you must! I like to bake it on the stove first, then finish it in the oven. It creates a layer of caramel, crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. It tastes great when served with baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or green beans.
Do you bake or broil steak in the oven?
I like to roast my steak in the oven. Baking uses convection heat while baking uses infrared heat. This means that when you grill, you are heating the food by surrounding it with hot air. When you bake, you are heating the food from above using the top elements of the oven. Grilled foods tend to burn more, especially at the top.
Cooked is great for some foods, however, it tends to overcook and turn brown very quickly. I just think this gives you more room for error, especially when trying to reach a particular temperature. In my opinion, grilling steaks is a little more difficult to spoil.
Instructions for cooking steak in the oven
- Sit down. Bring steak to room temperature for about 15 to 30 minutes. Cut off excess fat.
- Heat. Preheat the oven to 450°F and place the large pan in the oven while it is still hot. Remove the pan from the oven and put on high heat on the stove.
- Season. Pat the steak dry with a paper towel, then oil and coat with S&P (or use your favorite steak brush).
- Sear. When the pan is hot, add the steaks and marinate for 1 minute on each side.
- Bake. Then place the pan within the oven and bake for 4-6 minutes on one side. Flip and cook the opposite side for 4-6 minutes. Remove the meat 5° before it reaches the specified temperature.
- Rest. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes. Coat each steak with butter and herbs if desired.
How will I know when my steak is done?
Below gives you an honest benchmark for every finished level (color, baking length, temperature). Cooking times can vary depending on your oven, so be sure to check your steak. You want to remove the meat by 5° before it reaches the desired temperature. The temperature will continue to rise at rest.
- Rarity: Check appearance then bake for 4-6 minutes in the oven until the temperature is about 125°F and is red.
- Medium-Rare: Check appearance then bake for 6-8 minutes in the oven until the temperature is 130°F and is deep pink.
- Medium: Check appearance then bake for 8-10 minutes in the oven until it’s about 140°F and light pink.
- Medium-Good: Check the outside then bake for 11-13 minutes in the oven until the temperature is about 151°F and the center is slightly pink.
- Finished well: Check appearance then bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes until the temperature is about 160°F+ and little or no pink color.
- Note: If you’re a visual buff, check out this cooking time chart for each meat’s doneness.
Kinds of meat: 3 types of meat: Select, Choice, and Prime. I usually end up buying a choice and it’s always delicious.
Fan. While any oven-safe pan will work, I strongly recommend using a cast iron pan. The heat is more evenly distributed and creates a perfect crust on the meat.
Season generously. Don’t skip the seasoning! Rub with a generous amount of salt and pepper, or use your favorite steak. Some of the seasonings will seep into the pan as it cooks, so you want the meat to have enough flavor after it’s finished cooking.
Keep it soft. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your steak is tender. First, we put the meat at room temperature. This helps it ripen more evenly and reduces the risk of overcooking. Second, season with salt. Salt brings moisture from the meat and helps break down protein and muscle fibers. The result is an amazingly tender and tender steak!
Let’s rest. Letting the meat rest after taking it out of the oven will keep it delicious and sweet. As you let the warm steak cool, the juices will back up and create a super moist and delicious steak. I like to let myself rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Once I’ve rested, I’ll add a slice of avocado and fresh herbs on top. It takes the flavor up a notch!
Going to a steakhouse is a feast for the senses, and the experience is designed to make diners feel like royalty. But now you can easily recreate the steakhouse experience at home and tailor it to your liking with just your oven! Here are ways you can cook a juicy steak in your home oven, from choosing the right cut to deciding on the right technique. Just try it today! If this article was helpful to you, please leave us a comment to let us know!