Cooking a perfect steak is easier than it seems. All you need is a sturdy pan, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a solid cooking technique. For this pan-seared method, start by letting the steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so it comes up to room temp and will cook evenly. Then, just sprinkle on salt and pepper, rub on some oil, and get your pan really hot. Lay the steak in the pan and don’t mess with it until it’s ready to turn. In about 8 minutes, you’ll have a perfectly cooked steak to serve with a potato gratin.
Game plan: This recipe cooks the steak to medium rare. If you prefer your steak rare, cook it about 1 minute less on each side or until an instant-read thermometer reads 120°F to 125°F. For medium or well done, cook the steak 1 to 2 minutes longer or until an instant-read thermometer reads 130°F to 135°F, or 135°F and above, respectively.
Click below to watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Amy Wisniewski make this easy seared steak in an episode of our Easiest Way video series.