Cowboy Steak

A great way to pan fry steak in the winter... or in the summer, too!


Cooking a perfect steak is easier than it seems. All you need is a sturdy pan, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a solid cooking technique. For this pan-seared method, start by letting the steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so it comes up to room temp and will cook evenly. Then, just sprinkle on salt and pepper, rub on some oil, and get your pan really hot. Lay the steak in the pan and don’t mess with it until it’s ready to turn. In about 8 minutes, you’ll have a perfectly cooked steak to serve with a potato gratin.


  • 1 (1-1/4- to 1-1/2-inch-thick) New York strip steak (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Season the steak on both sides with the salt and pepper. Rub both sides with the olive oil and set aside.
  3. Heat a medium heavy-bottomed frying pan (not nonstick!) over high heat until very hot but not smoking, about 3 to 4 minutes. (If the pan gets too hot and starts to smoke, take it off the heat to cool a bit.) Place the steak in the pan and let it cook undisturbed until a dark crust forms on the bottom, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Flip the steak using tongs or a spatula and cook until it’s medium rare, about 3 to 4 minutes more. To check for doneness, use your finger to press on the steak: It should be firm around the edges but still give in the center. You can also use an instant-read thermometer; it should read about 125°F to 130°F.
  5. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


This recipe cooks the steak to medium rare. If you prefer your steak rare, cook it about 1 minute less on each side or until an instant-read thermometer reads 120°F to 125°F. For medium or well done, cook the steak 1 to 2 minutes longer or until an instant-read thermometer reads 130°F to 135°F, or 135°F and above, respectively.

Source/s: Amy Wisniewski, Chowhound

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  • Place in lightly oiled skillet and use medium heat on stove top
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  • Use uncovered pan with rack
  • Season as desired to taste
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  • Sear roast in oven at 500F (260C) or on stove top in hot pan
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  • Cook ground meats to 160F (70C) internal temperature
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