Pan-Fried Steak

Serves: 2

In this pan-fried steak recipe, you'll have a restaurant-quality steak in under 10 minutes.

Dovetailing Tip: Try topping the steaks with a pat of the Matre d' Butter you made for Meal 1.

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2 strip beef steaks (about 1 inch thick)
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoon unsalted butter


Bring the steaks to room temperature.

Heat a 10- or 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Season the steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Seconds before adding a steak, drop 1/2 teaspoon of the butter into the pan and immediately top with the steak. Repeat with the remaining steak. Sear for 3 minutes without moving the steak (to form a crust). Turn and cook for 2 minutes for rare or 3 to 4 for medium rare. Remove the steaks from the pan and let them rest on a board or platter for a few minutes before serving.


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