How to Cook Steak for Dummies

Cooking a steak can be intimidating, but with a few simple steps, even beginners can cook a delicious steak. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook a steak for dummies:

cooking steak for beginners

Choose your Steak

Look for a steak that is at least 1 inch thick, with marbling (white streaks of fat) throughout the meat. A ribeye or a New York strip are good choices for beginners.

Season the Steak

Sprinkle both sides of the steak generously with salt and pepper. You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic powder or herbs, if desired.

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Heat a Skillet

Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil (vegetable, canola, or grapeseed) to the skillet and swirl it around to coat the bottom.

Sear the Steak

Once the skillet is hot, carefully add the steak to the skillet. Sear the steak for about 2-3 minutes per side, until a golden brown crust forms.

Transfer to the Oven

Once the steak is seared, transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Cook for about 5-7 minutes for a medium-rare steak, or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F.

Let the Steak Rest

Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the steak to a cutting board. Let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

By following these steps, even beginners can cook a delicious steak. Remember to let the steak rest before slicing, as this allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and results in a more tender and juicy steak.

How to Cook Steak for Dummies

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20 thoughts on “How to Cook Steak for Dummies”

  1. Great guide for beginners! I especially appreciate the emphasis on steak thickness and letting it rest. The marbling tip was a helpful reminder too. Any suggestions on cooking times for different desired levels of doneness?

  2. This is great for beginners with steak. I know there are so many different ways to cook it. I personally love mine on the grill.

  3. I found your “How to Cook Steak for Dummies” guide very helpful! Your step-by-step instructions and tips made it easy to understand and follow along. The beginner-friendly approach is appreciated. Looking forward to trying out your techniques in the kitchen!

  4. will share this with friends who will surely find it helpful.. there is always a few tips that make cooking so much easier..

  5. Wow! These are all really great tips on how to cook steak. Thanks for sharing this with us my husband really love steak and so am I

  6. It is good to have a breakdown of how to properly cook steak. It seems like even people who grill out a lot can’t make a good steak. This is a great guide!

  7. I like my steak medium rare, so I probably wouldn’t stick in it in the oven. I give it a few minutes on each side in the frying pan (turning regularly) and find I get the perfect steak (for me) every time 🙂



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