How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet

How to cook a steak using cast iron cookware.

How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet.

Cast iron skillets are great to use while camping or simply cooking outdoors.  Cast iron skillets make everything taste better.

Follow the steps below to learn how to cook steak in a cast iron skillet.

Before Cooking Your Steak

Choose a pan that is the same size as your burner.

Know the temperature you would like to cook your steak to.

Hot Spots in a Cast Iron Pan?

Although cast iron heats quickly, undersized burners that cannot accommodate an entire skillet will not be able to heat the edges of the pan. Be sure to always choose a skillet that is the same size as the burner you are using to cook the steak, as this helps eliminate hot spots.

Temperature To Cook Your Steak.

While the length of time necessary to cook a steak varies upon the cut and thickness of the meat, there are a few basic temperature guidelines to keep in mind.

For recommended cooking times and temperatures, check out this chart:

Doneness Temp Turning Point 1/2″ 3/4″ 1″ 1 1/4″ 1 1/2″ 1 3/4″ 2″
Rare 125°F First Side 4 min 5 min 6 min 7 min 7 min 8 min 10 min
Second Side 3 min 4 min 5 min 5 min 6 min 7 min 8 min
Medium Rare 135°F First Side 5 min 6 min 7 min 8 min 8 min 9 min 11 min
Second Side 4 min 5 min 6 min 6 min 7 min 7 min 9 min
Medium / Medium Well 150°F First Side 6 min 7 min 8 min 8 min 9 min 9 min 12 min
Second Side 4 min 5 min 6 min 7 min 7 min 8 min 10 min
Well Done 160°F First Side 9 min 10 min 11 min 12 min 13 min 14 min 15 min
Second Side 7 min 8 min 9 min 10 min 11 min 12 min 13 min


Prepare Your Steak for Cooking

Properly preparing your meat is an important aspect of serving up a delicious steak. Season your steak liberally well in advance with salt and pepper. Begin by adding oil to your skillet and heating it on high until it shimmers and begins to smoke slightly. Allow your pan to get good and hot, as this is key to keeping the meat from sticking to the skillet.


With the oil hot, it’s time to introduce your favorite steak to the inviting hot oil and cast iron pan.  Hello, heat.






1.Pick the steak up by the bone.

2.Flip your steak using tongs every few minutes. Make sure to also cook the sides. You can do this by pressing each of the steak’s edges down against the skillet for a few minutes.

3.Use a spoon to baste your steak in the oil and its own juices as it continues to cook.

4.Use an internal meat thermometer to check the temperature of your steak.  This will help you cook your steak to the desired degree of doneness.

5.Spoon your aromatics and generous amounts of butter over the meat. Continue turning the steak as you season it.

6.Remove your steak from the pan and allow it to rest on a plate or cutting board for 10 minutes.

7.If you need to cut the steak into smaller pieces, use a fork to hold it and a sharp chef’s knife to slice from the meat’s center out to its edges.

14 Comments on "How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet"

  1. Very appetizing visuals…very informative, gives me confidence to give it a try considering I spend hardly any time in the kitchen, thanks!

    • Glad you stopped by my site.
      Also glad you liked my site. That was what I was striving for is to give you the visual needed to get you up and cooking. Cooking in cast iron cookware is sometimes tough and challenging.
      Hope to see you again in the future.

  2. I swear by these things. Cast iron skillets take longer to warm up than the more conventional pans, but they also stay warm for much longer. They are quite heavy, but nothing cooks meat or stir fry better. Also, your visuals make me hungry 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by my site.
      I agree. These are the best skillets ever. Yes, they may take longer to heat up or cool down but they are such good skillets.
      They are hard to kill. You can always reseason them and they will last forever. Pass them on to your children.
      Glad you like the pictures, that was my point to make you hungry, hope it worked. Thanks

  3. My boyfriend and I always struggle cooking our steaks to perfection. I’m glad I came across your post so I don’t waste any more delicious meat! Can’t wait to try out this new cooking method! Thanks much!

    • Thanks for stopping by my site Jasmine.
      These skillets are so fun to cook with and I believe they make the food taste so much better (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it).
      Good luck with your cooking and come back any time to check out all our other recipes and All Things BBQ.

  4. My husband and I frequently cook with our cast-iron skillet, but I don’t think we’ve ever done a steak right in them! This was really useful – I remember seeing videos of people spooning oil and butter over their steaks while cooking in a cast iron but never stopped to ask why.

    Can’t wait for our next steak night! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by my site.
      I hope you have good luck next time cooking a steak.
      Yes, just read the directions and do as they say. Once you get used to the cast iron cookware it will be the only way to cook a great steak.

  5. Oh how I love a cast iron skillet! Thank you for this post. I must confess I have never tried cooking a steak in it. It is my go to pan for everything I fry my favorite use is for corn bread. Thanks for posting will be back

    • Thanks for stopping by my site.
      I hope you enjoyed it.
      Yum, cornbread is one of my favorites to cook in cast iron cookware. Please try cooking a steak and many other items as well. Thanks

  6. Thanks for the step by step – not everyone has the intuition to cook a steak the way they want it in a cast iron pan. Any suggestions on specific aromatics to use? I like that suggestion and have never done it before.

    • Thanks for stopping by my site.
      Yes, it does take some practice to use cast iron skillets.
      I am not aware of aromatics to use. What do you mean? Not sure what you are talking about.
      Thanks for bringing up some great new things for me to study up on.

  7. I have never used the cast iron skillet before, but this gives me a feeling to to give it a shot. And by the way, i didn’teally know that the burner size and skillet size really matters

    • Thanks for stopping by my site.
      Please give it a shot, I am sure you will enjoy it. Seems to me that everything tastes better in cast iron cookware.
      It is always best to keep the burners the same size as the skillet that you are using.
      Good luck with cooking and enjoy. Please stop by again to check out other recipes we have available.

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