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If you're cooking your steaks indoors and frying isn't your forte, heat up your oven and broil and succulent steaks to your liking. The process allows you to cook the steak exactly the way you like - rare, medium, or well done and requires only a few ingredients.  

Details

We tend to not think of the oven when it comes to cooking a great steak. But, oven cooking a steak - using the broil setting - is a favored option among chefs and food enthusiasts alike. To give it a shot, refer to this recipe below that serves two:

Ingredients

  • 2 steaks, measuring 1-2" height when raw
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh, coarsely ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

Required tools

  • Oven with a broil option
  • Oven-safe, cast iron skillet or greased broiler pan
  • Spatula or tongs

Preparation

Bring both steaks to room temperature and use a clean cloth or paper towel to remove excess moisture. Move oven rack 6" from heating element (bottom or top) and set oven to broil. Rub steaks with olive oil, salt, and brown pepper - and at this point add any other seasonings to taste. Place skillet or greased broiler pan in oven for 15-20 minutes.

Once the skillet is preheated, pull out oven rack and carefully place steaks on skillet or greased broiler pan. Close oven and sear steaks for 3 minutes on one side, then use tongs to turn steaks and sear for another 3 minutes on the opposite side. (NOTE: Do not use a fork to turn steaks while in the oven at any time!)

After 6 minutes, set the oven to 500ºF and cook to desired taste, turning steaks once halfway through cooking time with tongs:

Rare (120-130ºF)

  • 1" 0-1 minute
  • 1 1/4" 2-3 minutes
  • 1 3/4" 4-5 minutes

Medium (140-150ºF)

  • 1" 2-3 minute
  • 1 1/4" 4-5 minutes
  • 1 3/4" 6-7 minutes

Medium Well (150-160ºF)

  • 1" 4-5 minute
  • 1 1/4" 6-7 minute
  • 1 3/4" 8-9 minutes

Once cooking is complete, remove steaks from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Steaks are best served on a warm plate to maintain ideal meat temperature.

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