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If you’re looking for an easy and delicious cast iron ribeye steak recipe, look no further! Cooking ribeye steak in a cast iron skillet is simple and produces a juicy, flavorful pan seared ribeye every time. This method is also a bit easier than most of my steak recipes (including sirloin steak, chuck eye steak, and filet mignon) that use a stovetop-to-oven method. Even if you don’t know how to cook ribeye steak, this recipe will have you looking like a professional chef!
What Is Ribeye Steak?
Ribeye steak, sometimes spelled rib-eye or rib eye steak, is a flavorful, tender cut of beef with plenty of marbling. It’s cut from the rib cage area of the cow (i.e. from the rib roast).
Why You’ll Love This Cast Iron Ribeye Steak Recipe
- Rich beef and garlic flavor
- Tender and juicy with golden crust
- Only 5 ingredients
- Done in 15 minutes
- No oven required
- Perfect with any side dish
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cooking ribeye steak, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Ribeye Steaks – I used boneless ribeye steaks, which is recommended because this allows them to cook more evenly (meat near the bone will cook more slowly, which can lead to overcooking other parts). The best steak will be 1.5 inches thick with a good amount of marbling. Ribeyes with a high level of marbling are tender and tasty after cooking.
- Sea Salt – Draws out the moisture, creating a dry brine that is then re-absorbed back into the steak to make it juicier and more tender.
- Black Pepper – For this ribeye steak recipe, use pure ground black pepper as it brings out the savory flavor of the meat.
- Avocado Oil – Restaurants commonly use canola oil to cook steak, but I prefer this oil instead. Use any high-heat cooking fat you like.
- Compound Butter – Made with garlic cloves and fresh herbs like parsley, fresh rosemary sprigs, and fresh thyme, compound butter really elevates a simple steak.
TIP: Make compound butter ahead to save time.
If you want to cut down on wait time, make the compound butter the night before, so you can start cooking your ribeye steak right away and flavors can develop in the butter.
How To Cook Ribeye Steak In Cast Iron Skillet
This section shows how to cook a ribeye steak in a pan, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Make butter. Make the compound butter according to the instructions here. Freeze for 30 minutes, or chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before using.
- Season. Pat both sides of the ribeye steak dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
TIP: Bring steak to room temperature.
If you have time, let the steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. This will help ensure more even cooking. (It’s okay to skip this if needed.)
- Sear. Add oil to a cast iron skillet and preheat to 450 degrees F. The oil should be just barely smoking. Move one steak to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping every 30 seconds with tongs but not moving around in between.
- Baste. With one minute left in cooking, add compound butter to the pan and spoon over the ribeye recipe.
- Rest. Remove steak from the pan and cover with foil for 10 minutes to rest before cutting.
- Repeat. For the next steak, repeat the cooking process. Serve cast iron ribeye steak recipe with an additional tablespoon of compound butter on top.
How Long To Cook Ribeye Steak?
Knowing how long to cook your pan seared ribeye depends on how done you like your steak. For a medium rare steak, you’ll cook it for 5-6 minutes, flipping every 30 seconds, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees F. If you prefer a different doneness, use the ribeye cook time chart below:
|Rare||3-4 minutes||120 degrees F|
|Medium Rare||5-6 minutes||130 degrees F|
|Medium||7-8 minutes||140 degrees F|
|Medium Well||9-10 minutes||150 degrees F|
|Well Done||11-12 minutes||160 degrees F|
Note: The times and temperatures above are when you should remove the steak from the pan. It will rise an additional 5 degrees while resting.
Tips For The Best Ribeye Steak Recipe
A succulent, juicy ribeye recipe is a thing of beauty. And while it may seem like the domain of professional chefs, with a little know-how, it’s easy to make a delicious ribeye at home. Here are some tips for the best way to cook ribeye steak:
- Leave steaks in one place to sear. You do want to flip frequently for this method, but don’t move the steaks around in between. This ensures good browning.
- Flip with tongs or a spatula. Do not use a fork and don’t squeeze hard. This will cause the juices to run out.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the temp. A meat thermometer is the best way to ensure you get the doneness you want (check the temperature chart above).
- Let steaks rest. They will retain their juices better if they sit for 5-10 minutes after cooking, before you cut into them.
- Cut slices against the grain. Cutting against the grain helps to break apart the muscle fibers in the meat, resulting in a more tender texture that is easier to chew.
What Is The Best Doneness For Ribeye?
For most, the best doneness for a ribeye is medium-rare, or 135 degrees F, and you’ll want to remove the steaks 5 degrees below your target temperature. To get the maximum flavor and juiciness in your steak, cook medium or less.
- Store: Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheat: This ribeye steak recipe is best reheated in the oven at 250-300 degree F. For more details on the method, check the instructions for reheating filet mignon or reverse sear steak, as it will be the same.
- Freeze: Wrap leftover steak tightly or vacuum seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
What To Serve With Ribeye Steak Recipes
Once you’ve perfected your pan seared ribeye, the next question is what to make to go with it. Try these mouthwatering sides!
- Easy Veggies – Use compound butter to saute your favorite veggies such as sauteed asparagus (shown in photo above), sauteed broccoli, or sauteed zucchini.
- Healthy Salads – Steak always pairs well with leafy salads such as spring mix salad, wedge salad, or 7 layer salad.
- Classic Sides – Serve favorite steakhouse sides like mashed potatoes (or mashed sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower), roasted baby potatoes (as pictured above, or larger diced roasted potatoes), creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, or roasted green beans.
- Breakfast – Steak isn’t just good for dinner. You can’t go wrong with steak and eggs for breakfast!
More Easy Steak Recipes
If you liked this ribeye steak recipe, you may enjoy some of my other ways to cook steak:
Tools For Cooking Pan Seared Ribeye
- Cast Iron Skillet – Ribeye in cast iron tastes the best! The one I use can be found in red on Amazon or in white at Target. It is ideal for pan seared ribeye because it provides the intense heat needed to sear the exterior while cooking the interior to perfection.
- Tongs – A pair with long handles keeps hands cool when prepping this ribeye steak recipe. You can find them at Amazon or Target.
- Meat Thermometer – For a perfectly cooked center every time.
Cast Iron Ribeye Steak Recipe
Ribeye Steak Recipe (Tender, Juicy, & Easy!)
Cooking a cast iron ribeye steak is easy! This ribeye steak recipe only takes 15 minutes, for a perfectly tender, juicy result every time.
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Make the compound butter according to the instructions here. Freeze for 30 minutes, or chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before using.
Pat both sides of the ribeye dry. Season with salt and pepper. If you have time, let the steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, which will help with more even cooking. (It’s okay to skip this if needed.)
Add oil to a cast iron skillet and preheat to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C; on most stoves, this is medium high heat). The oil should be just barely smoking.
For medium-rare steak, set a timer for 5 minutes. Move one of the steaks to the pan. Cook the ribeye for 5-6 minutes, flipping every 30 seconds but not moving around in between. With one minute left in cooking, add a pat (~1 tablespoon) of the compound butter to the pan and spoon over steak. If you want a different level of doneness, aim for about 3-4 minutes for rare, 7-8 minutes for medium, 9-10 minutes for medium well, or 11-12 minutes for well done. The final internal temperature should be 120 degrees for rare, 130 degrees for medium rare, 140 degrees for medium, 150 degrees for medium well, or 160 degrees for well done (internal temperature will rise an additional 5 degrees when resting in step 5).
Once the steak is done, remove from the pan to prevent overcooking, and cover with aluminum foil for 10 minutes to rest before cutting.
Repeat steps 4-5 with the other ribeye steak.
Serve each steak with an additional tablespoon of compound butter on top.
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Serving size: 1/2 12-oz ribeye steak
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Perfection done easy!!!
This steak was perfection! My Hubby loved it so I will be making it again soon!
This is my go-to recipe for the most satisfying comfort food! My husband and kids frequently request it. I usually pair mine with mashed potatoes and either a Caesar salad or asparagus. It always turns out amazing! You can’t mess it up, the recipe is super simple to follow!
Loved the way this turned out! So juicy and tender. A fool proof recipe.
This recipe is easy to follow, delicious and has only 5 ingredients made it simple to substitute alternative for butter since I am dairy intolerant. The juices left in pan got spooned over the steak on my plate and became a sauce for the broccoli, too. The chart for doneness the best ever. Yummy!
This was easy to make and so delicious!
So perfect and juicy. Love the medium rare. Thanks for the recipe.
I love making steak and this one helped me very well! Thanks for sharing this!