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Steak: How To Cook On A Stovetop In A Cast Iron Skillet

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We love to cook on the grill and on our smokers, but we also love the intense flavor that a good ole Cast Iron Skillet on the stove top can give to our steaks!

While we chose the New York Strip Steak for this article, any of our mouth-watering Mountain Primal Steaks will work with slightly different cook times!


Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 10-20 minutes 


  • 1 Mountain Primal New York Strip (1-1.25 inches thick, 18oz)

  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1/3 Stick Butter (or preferred oil)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary
  • 4-6 Sprigs Thyme

Cooking Steps:


New York Strip prep for Cast Iron Skillet cook on Stovetop

  • Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking, allowing it to come to room temperature. Place steak on a paper towel-line plate and pat dry. This will help dry the surface of the meat, making a better crust.
  • Once at room temperature and just before cooking, season the steak with Salt & Pepper (or seasoning of choice) making sure to season the edges, as well.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Heat a Cast Iron Skillet (we prefer Lodge Cast Iron) on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes; the skillet should smoke just a bit when it is properly heated.


  • Place one tablespoon of butter (or oil of choice) to lubricate the pan. Make sure butter fully liquifies and covers the entire surface of the bottom of the pan.
  • Use metal tongs to place steak in center of the pan. Give it a firm press down on the pan to ensure the entire surface is making contact. Cook for 3 minutes. No need to move the steak around.
  • New York Strip in cast iron skillet with butter, garlic, rosemary, and thyme
    Flip the steak and cook for another 3 minutes. Add another tablespoon of butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary.
  • About 1 and a half minutes in, tip the pan so all the butter pools to one side. Spoon the liquid butter on top of the steak. This allows for the flavors to soak into the steak.
  • At this point the steak is a rare to medium-rare doneness. For a more medium-rare to medium finish place the cast iron in oven for 2-3 minutes or 3-4 minutes for medium.
  • Remove pan from oven. Place steak on plate, cutting board, or resting rack to rest for 5-10 minutes.

New York Strip Steak cut into slices after cooked in a cast iron skillet


    PRO-TIP: Remember to only wash your cast iron skillets in warm water with coarse kosher salt for scrubbing and NEVER use dish soap. Each and every cook will add seasoning to the skillet for years to come!

    1 comment

    • Tried it! WORKS! Delicious … didn’t want to share … Saludos from Mexico

      M David DIal Jr on

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