In this tutorial, we will learn how to cook a delicious ribeye steak to a perfect medium-rare using a cast iron skillet. Cooking steak in a cast iron skillet is a great way to achieve that restaurant-quality sear and flavor. So let’s get started!


  • 1 ribeye steak (about 1 inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (optional, for added flavor)


1. Preparing the Steak:

To begin, take the ribeye steak out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will help ensure even cooking.

2. Seasoning the Steak:

Generously season both sides of the ribeye steak with salt and pepper. This will enhance the flavor of the steak.

3. Preheating the Cast Iron Skillet:

Place your cast iron skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Allow it to heat up for about 5 minutes until it becomes hot.

4. Adding Oil and Butter:

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the hot cast iron skillet.

Then add 2 tablespoons of butter. The combination of oil and butter will create a delicious crust on your steak.

5. Searing the Steak:

Carefully place the seasoned ribeye steak into the hot skillet.

You should hear a sizzling sound as soon as the steak touches the skillet. This is what you want to hear!

6. Cooking Time:

Cook the ribeye steak for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare.

Use a pair of tongs to flip the steak only once during cooking. This will help retain the juices and ensure even cooking.

7. Adding Garlic (Optional):

If desired, add 3-4 cloves of minced garlic to the skillet during the last minute of cooking. This will infuse the steak with a delicious garlic flavor.

8. Resting Time:

Once cooked, remove the ribeye steak from the skillet and let it rest for 5 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.

9. Serving:

Slice your ribeye steak against the grain into thin slices and serve it with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables.

Follow these steps, and you’ll have a perfectly cooked medium-rare ribeye steak that’s juicy, tender, and full of flavor!

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your steak and personal preference for doneness. Adjust accordingly.