How to Make Steaks Tender on a Stove

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Cooking your steak the right way will ensure it stays tender.
Cooking your steak the right way will ensure it stays tender. (Image: steak cooking image by Fantasista from Fotolia.com)

Steaks are one of the most popular choices for grilling, but it is just as easy to prepare a delicious, tender steak on the stove. The secret to obtaining the maximum amount of tenderness is to finish the steaks in the oven after the stove has done its job. This method yields hot, juicy steaks that have a flavorful crust on the outside and cut easily because of the gentle cooking method.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking oil of choice
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Oven mitts
  • Plate
  • Aluminum foil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pat each side of the steaks with paper towels. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper to coat the steaks.

Place a cast iron skillet on your stove, add about 2 tbsp. cooking oil, and turn the heat on to medium high. Allow the stove to heat for five minutes.

Place the steaks on the hot skillet carefully to avoid getting splattered by the hot oil that will kick up as soon as the meat touches the pan. Allow the steaks to cook for four minutes.

Use tongs to flip the steaks over. Move the cast iron skillet to the oven and turn off the burner.

Place the steaks in the oven and cook for seven minutes for medium-rare.

Move the steaks to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the meat to rest for five minutes before serving to allow all the juices to distribute through the meat properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you'd rather cook your steak rare, let it bake for five minutes. For a medium-well steak, bake for nine minutes.
  • The handle on the cast iron skillet, as well as the skillet itself, will become extremely hot during this process. Make sure to use high-quality oven mitts as you move the skillet in and out of the oven.

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