Cooking a perfect steak can be intimidating, and that’s why many people opt to eat it only at restaurants. However, cooking steak in the oven is actually a simple and straightforward process that can yield delicious results. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to cook steak in the oven, from choosing the right cut to preparing and seasoning it.
Choosing the right cut of steak
Before we begin, it’s essential to choose the right cut of steak. If you’re looking for a tender and juicy steak, we advise you to choose cuts like ribeye, sirloin, or filet mignon. These cuts have enough fat marbling to create flavor and are best for oven cooking.
Preparing the steak
Once you’ve got your steak, you’ll want to ensure it’s room temperature before you start cooking. Take your steak out of the fridge at least an hour before cooking, allowing it to come up to room temperature, ensuring a more even cook.
Next, clean and pat your steak dry with a paper towel. To improve the flavor of your steak, rub it with olive oil or garlic-infused oil. If you choose to use a whole garlic clove, cut it in half and gently rub it over the entire surface of the steak.
Seasoning the steak
Now it’s time to season your steak. There are countless ways to season your steak, but salt and pepper are the essential ingredients. Season both sides of your steak generously with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, then any other seasoning mixture of your liking. For example, complement your steak with herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, cumin, or chili flakes.
Cooking the steak
Preheat your oven to 450°F. While the oven is heating up, heat up your oven-safe skillet on high heat. When the skillet is hot, sear your steak for 2 minutes or until golden brown on each side, then transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Here, you will roast your steak for another 6-10 minutes. How long you cook it depends on how well done you like your steak. Use a meat thermometer to check the steak’s internal temperature:
When you’ve achieved the desired temperature, remove the skillet from the oven, and let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving.
Tips for perfect oven-baked steak
– Use an oven-safe skillet. Preferably cast iron because it heats evenly for uniform cooking.
– Rest your steak for 5-10 minutes after you remove it from the oven. Resting allows the juices to retreat back into the meat, keeping it juicy and flavorful.
– Don’t overcrowd the skillet; this allows your steak to sear properly and prevents steaming.
– Set your steak out to reach room temperature before cooking to ensure an even cook.
– Use a meat thermometer; this ensures the correct internal temperature and a consistent cook.
Can I still achieve a juicy steak without searing?
Yes, searing helps to lock in juices, a quicker cook, and a crispy crust, but oven roasting steak alone can also provide juicy and tender results.
Do I need to marinate the steak before baking?
Not necessarily, but marinating can enhance the flavor profile of your steak. Our garlic-infused oil added enough flavor so, be creative with your marinade concoctions.
Can I cook a frozen steak?
You can but defrosting your steak for better results is encouraged, at room temperature or in the fridge.
Potatoes or vegetables with steak?
You can roast potatoes with steak in the same oven, but they’ll likely have to go in at a lower temperature. Vegetables also work well roasted alongside your steak. Try colorful bell peppers, onions, or green beans with lots of olive oil seasoning.
Cooking steak in the oven is a simple and stress-free task that doesn’t require a lot of effort. By choosing the right cut, preparing and seasoning it correctly, and following the tips above, you can achieve delicious and juicy steaks. So the next time you’re wondering how to cook a steak, try oven roasting instead!