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Indoor “Grilling” Tips: How to Perfectly Cook Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet

iron-grilling-pan-steak-kansas-city-mcgonigles-marketSummer grilling season is over, but you can still achieve that hot-off-the-grill flavor while cooking indoors this season! How? We’ll tell you!

Follow these instructions for how to perfectly cook steak using a cast iron skillet from your meat experts at McGonigle’s Market:  

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Step 1: Heat It Up

Just like outdoor grilling, it’s important to get a good sear on your steak. The best way to do this is with a sizzling hot cast iron skillet. Start by preheating your cast iron skillet, and right before it begins to smoke, add a bit of olive oil, or for a more flavorful start, cut off a bit of fat from the steak and rub it on the bottom in place of oil.

steak-in-cast-iron-skillet-mcgonigles-market-kcStep 2: Salt the Skillet & Watch It Sizzle

Next, you’ll want to salt the skillet, not the steak! This will help to sear your steak while also intensifying the seasoning process as it hits the hot skillet. Once the sizzle has subsided, add salt and pepper to the top of the steak and continue cooking.

Step 3: Time It to Perfection

Cooking time will depend on how you like your steak cooked and the thickness. For medium rare, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. The best way to tell where your meat is at in the cooking process is to touch it. This will get easier with practice, but depending on how firm the meat is to the touch, you’ll be able to tell if it’s ready. Click here to learn how.

Step 4: Let It Rest & Get It Dressed

finished-steak-cast-iron-skillet-mcgonigles-market-kansas-cityAfter you’ve reached the desired temperature, set your steak aside and cover with foil to rest. This will keep your steak warm and keep it juicy before cutting into it. In the meantime, we suggest putting those flavorful leftovers in your cast iron skillet to good use. Add a little butter to your pan and deglaze by adding a heavy splash of white wine.

Let this simmer for a few minutes and reduce down for a perfectly simple sauce, or add a splash of heavy cream at the end to enrich the sauce and your steak. For some extra flavor, add shallots, mushrooms, or peppers while the sauce is simmering for a delicious topping.

Related Read: McGonigle’s Staff Picks: Our Favorite Rubs & Sauces Pt. 2


Stop by McGonigle’s Market for the best meats in Kansas City, and for more helpful tips and tricks, check out our blog!


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