Pan Fried Steak With Compound Butter

Grilling is great, but pan-fried steak is another great way to sear in the flavor and produce an incredibly juicy steak. Grab that cast iron pan and join me for this damn delicious pan-fried steak with a compound butter.

What Is Pan Fried Steak?

Well, this is kind of an obvious fucking answer, but pan-seared steak is steak cooked in a pan. Duh! Honestly, I feel kind of stupid even asking that question, so I will elaborate on the different ways you can cook a steak. Grilling is, of course, one of the most popular ways, then there is the sous vide method, for which I have not jumped on the bandwagon for yet. There is also broiling, or baking, but baking is fucking gross when it comes to steak. Broiling works, but I don’t do it because I usually overcook my steak and I hate overcooked steak.

How To Pan Fry Steak

Pretty simple, just heat up the pan, toss some oil in it and fry the steak. This used to be how I cooked my steaks when I was not grilling them. Then I discovered that lightly searing in a hot pan then tossing it in the oven with butter makes a much better steak. Making a great steak is all about how long it cooks. Most of you fuckers want a perfect medium rare steak. In this case, I recommend using a steak cooking chart to give you some idea of how long to cook the steak based on its thickness. I also recommend an instant-read thermometer to give you an idea of when you reach medium rare. medium is around 125º to 135º F internal temperature.

How To Pan Fry Steak Then Finish In The Oven

And now we get to the main fucking point, which is, pan fry the steak then finish it in the oven. Add a little compound butter and you will bring the damn thing over the top with flavor. The technique is pretty easy, while your oven is preheating, place the cast iron pan in it to bring the pan up to temperature. Prepare the steak by smearing it with a high heat oil like grapeseed oil, then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. When the oven and pan are up to temperature, around 400º F to 450º F, turn on a burner on your stove to medium or medium-high and place the pan on the burner to maintain the heat. Add the steak and sear for about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the steak, place the compound butter on top, then place the pan back in the oven for roughly 4 to 6 minutes depending on the thickness and desired doneness. Again, this is where you should use a steak cooking chart for cooking times (don’t blame me if you fuck up that expensive cut of beef, I told you). Finally, add a little more compound butter if desired, and let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving.

The Recipe


Pan Seared Steak With Compound Butter

Delicious pan seared steak finished in the oven with a pat of compound butter.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: Compound Butter, Pan Seared Steak, Steak with compound butter
Servings: 1 person
Author: Ann Sass
  • 1 2 inch filet
  • 1 tbsp compound butter
  • 2 tbsp oil or olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Coat the steak with oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.

    Coat the steak in oil.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 450º F. 

  3. Place the pan either on a medium-high burner or on the oven as it preheats to heat up the pan. 

    Pre-heating an oven safe pan.
  4. Once the pan is heated add oil to the pan and sear the steak on the first side for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Sear the filet.
  5. Optionally, sear the sides of the steak.

    Sear the sides of the steak.
  6. Turn the steak and place some butter on top of the steak. Place the pan in the oven immediately. Set the timer for about 4 to 6 minutes depending on the desired doneness. 

    Add butter or compound butter and finish in a pre-heated oven.
  7. Remove from oven and add more compound butter if desired. Let rest 2 minutes and serve immediately.

    Pan seared steak with compound butter.
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