Perfect Porterhouse Steak

Serves: 4

If you want a good, hard sear on a piece of meat, grab a cast iron skillet. Looking to add minerals to your food? Ditto. If you don't use a cast iron skillet - hurry, go get one or two. You will be so glad you did.

Yield: 4 Servings
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1 2”-thick beef porterhouse steaks, trimmed (about 2 lb.)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature


Let steak sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking, which will help it cook quickly and more evenly.
Heat broiler. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat, then heat oil in pan until smoking. Season steak very generously with salt and pepper and cook until a deep brown crust forms on underside (do not turn), about 4 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board, turning it browned side up.
Cut meat from bone in 2 pieces (strip steak and filet mignon). Slice both pieces straight down perpendicular to the bone 1” thick. Replace sliced steak around the bone (it should look like a whole sliced steak) and return to skillet, browned side up. Top with butter and broil until butter is melted and steak is medium-rare, 4–6 minutes. Serve steak with buttery pan juices spooned over.


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