Perfect Pan-Fried Ribeye Steak

The best way to prepare a steak is in the ribeye of the beholder. Meat enthusiast Josh Ozersky shares his favorite method of ribeye preparation: simply in a pan on the range. From how to correctly brown a crust to marinating 101, Josh has you covered on all steps. He also includes how to make hash browns for a stellar side dish.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Josh Ozersky, and you're watching Well, being a meat man, I'm frequently asked how to make a steak and it is my opinion that the best steak doesn't come from being cooked over mesquite, charcoals or in a specialty broiler nor is it cooked in a sous vide bag or any of them other places. I like to cook a steak in a pan on my range, and I think that's the best way. Now, there's a lot of different ways to do it. I mean sometimes in a restaurant, they'll actually have foaming butter in and they'll arrose it. I'm not getting into that. I'm putting some olive oil in a pan. I just smashed up a couple of garlics. They're going to go in there too, solely for the purpose of flavoring them and then of course, they get all brown and toasty so you serve them alongside the steak but the essence of any kind of steak cookery is the steak itself. You've got to start off with a great steak and then more or less get out of the way. Now this steak here I've had marinating. It's a beautiful bone-on ribeye, prime, true prime, that is to say it is abundantly marbled, according to the language of the USDA. It's been sitting here with parsley and garlic and pepper encino but you can see it has all of this beautiful marbling. Now it's a rib steak so it's really two separate steaks, the eye and the deckle are lip. The eye which is exquisitely marbled on its own, is very tender and delicious cut. The beautiful cap or lip that we call the deckle, technically is the spinalis dorsi muscle and that is so good the most perfect piece of meat in the entire beef carcass. So, the thing with me with a steak is if you're going to make a steak you should make a ribeye steak, or I mean you could have a skirt steak or whatever but like, get a good one, like spend the money on it, like, who eats steak that often. You know if you're going to have the steak, get a great steak and always season it liberally with coarse kosher salt. This wonderful substance becomes this amazing crust, it doesn't just have a flavor of its own but it enhances the flavor of anything that it touches. You can hardly put too much of it on. I'm putting on a little bit of black pepper too, but black pepper which by the way, just from the bottle, not hand ground, don't kill yourself trying to grind black pepper. The fact of the matter is that salt is what matters most in life and now I'm going to take this steak, I've got this wicked hot, it's going to go down. This pan is technically just big enough to fit the steak. Ideally I would like to have a pan, you know, like the fried chicken men have that's like this big because I would like this area to be in the very middle of it. The middle part of the pan is the hottest part and that's what you really want to nail on that steak. Here's something else you should know, steaks should be left alone. You should not monkey with them, you should not podge key with them, you should not move them around, you shouldn't flip them multiple times. All that does is make them worse. The essence of meat cookery is absent, essentially it is what Bruce Lee called the way of fighting without fighting. I've got the pan hot. The meat is very good meat. It was strongly seasoned, now I drop it in and I kind of more or less forget about it. Now I'm about to flip this because on the bottom I can tell is very crusty is very brown, that salt has formed an incredible mahogany surface underneath it, but at the same time the meat inside is raw. Part of that is because it's a thick piece of steak, another part of it is because it's got a bone on. Any steak you cook with a bone has got what we physicists call a heat sink, that means that it sucks all the heat out of it and keeps it cold. Steaks with bones take longer to cook than steaks without bones, that's one of the things that's good about a bone on steak because then you can really nail that crust really hit it. Now this is going to be so nice, look at that, oh my God and I'm going to flip it and I'm going to put it into a 350 degree oven. That's where it's going to finish cooking. Then it's going to have even radiant heat coming at it from every side. Then I'm going to settle it, then I'm going to eat it. That's how it is, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to wait about five to seven minutes, I think that should probably be long enough because that thing was going wicked hot and then it will be time to let the steak rest. So, I'll catch you back here in five minutes. Alright, so look at this, but since I've got to wait for it and I've got all this delicious beef fat with all this garlic why don't I make hash browns. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to grate this potato and we're going to make some nice delicious waffle house style shredded hash browns, a delicious lacy latka, a latticework of starch and salt and potato flavor, oh my God look at this. What's really amazing about this, as incredible as this looks, is that it all wants to stick together. I'm going to basically turn this into one giant latka, but you'll notice and here's the key thing, there is a lot of space in between the different, see how it's kind of like at this Jackson Pollock effect where there's all this space in the, let me get some salt in there, there's all this space in between the interstices, what that is causing is the steam to have a a place to go so that as it leaves, the shreds, they'll all bond with each other. Alright, let me jack this up a little bit. Oh boy, look at that, this is going to be a magnificent side dish. Look at this here, oh my God. Now let's do the steak, the steak seems about ready. So I'm going to cut it off the bone like so, alright, the bone goes aside. I'm going to cut this deckle off here, oh my God, look at that. It comes right off, take this fat here, that goes away, the deckle is so amazing but I want to serve it up as like little finger foods. So here's my little deckle pieces like that. Now I have my steak. I'm just going to cut this into perfect little medium slices. If I want I can dress these with a little olive oil or whatever, and who knows, maybe I will do that. Oh my God, it just seems, it's almost a shame to put anything on it. This meat is so extraordinary, look at that. Maybe I'll even create sort of a dramatic effect like it's tumbling like they're tumbling on to each other. That's what it's supposed to look like. Alright so then this is here like this and a little bit more salt, a little bit of salt like this, a little bit of pepper because that internal meat didn't really get the seasoning on it. It's only on the outside, but now we have a perfect steak to go with a perfect hash brown. I'm Josh Ozersky. Thank you for watching. Check me out again on

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