As the lady of the house is off on grama-duty, I find myself fending for myself. Whilst the pantry is very well stocked; ditto the freezer has copious amounts of easy meals, I find myself desiring “Real-Meat Protein.” The local semi-mega mart had an advertisement for bone-in rib-eye steaks. This seems ample justification for an excursion (masked) to acquire said, along with a few additional side dishes. I’ll look for a thick steak of at least 16oz.
The rib eye or ribeye (known as Scotch fillet in Australia and New Zealand) is a boneless rib steak from the rib section. The rib section of beef spans from ribs six through twelve. Ribeye steaks are mostly composed of the longissimus dorsi muscle but also contain the complexus and spinalis muscles.
It is both flavoursome and tender, coming from the lightly worked upper rib cage area. Its marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.
Now a hot and fast cooking method, my first choice would be a grill. Lacking that, my next choice is cast-iron, ripping hot. Normally, I would cook the steak by flipping once, but after seeing a video, I’ll drop the steak in, let it geat a sear (~1 minute), thence repeating by flipping approximately every minute. I shall baste the steak with butter and juices during the period betwixt flips in the later stages.
Pan Fried Rib Eye
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 1 ea Rib-Eye Steak See Notes (Min 16 oz, 24-36 is better)
- 60 ml Olive Oil
- 60 g Unsalted Butter
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 3 sprigs Thyme
- 1/2 cup Red Onion FINELY MINCED
- Let the steak come to room temprature, Rest 30 minutes covered
- Pat steak dry, season liberally with salt pepper and garlic powder, Both sides and edges
- In a cast iron skillet over high heat, heat oil, until just smoking.
- Add steak and cook, flipping frequantly, until a crust begins to form, ~5 minutes
- Add butter, herbs and onion, tilt the pan and baste the steak with the drippings.
- Continue ot cook, flipping and basting until the steak registers 125-130 F, (medium rare), we will rest an let carry over heat finish cooking. ~8-10 minutes.
- Move the steak to a heat proof platter and pour juices over. Rest 5-10 minutes.
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