A seared and sliced cast iron skillet steak on a white plate with massaged kale salad.

Cast Iron Skillet Steak

One of the best ways to cook a steak at home is in a cast iron skillet. This simple cast iron skillet steak recipe uses a combination of cooking the steak in a cast iron skillet and oven for perfect results every time.

free from: wheat/ gluten, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 192 kcal


  • 2 sirloin steaks (4-6 oz each)
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • coarsely ground salt and pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Allow steaks to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes (larger and thicker cuts of meat may require more time to come to room temperature). Pat dry and liberally season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

  3. Heat your oil in your cast iron pan over high heat. You want your pan to be REALLY hot, but not hot enough that the oil starts smoking. If the oil starts smoking, remove the pan from the heat, turn it down slightly, and wait to proceed until the oil has stopped smoking.

  4. Using tongs, carefully place each steak in your skillet (if you're making many steaks, you won't want to do more than 2-3 at a time). If your skillet is hot enough, it shouldn't take more than 2 minutes per each side to get a good sear.

  5. If using, carefully insert your oven-safe thermometer probe into the center of a steak. Turn off your burner and (using hot mitts!) carefully transfer skillet to the oven.

  6. Monitor the temperature carefully and pull the steaks when they reach your desired doneness temperature. This should take approximately 2-5 minutes, depending on desired doneness and size/ thickness of steaks.

  7. Allow steaks to rest 5-10 minutes. Please be VERY careful with handling the skillet. I strongly recommend leaving an oven mitt or wrapping a towel around the handle so you don't accidentally grab it with your bare hand and burn yourself.

  8. Serve steaks and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is based on a 4 ounce sirloin steak. 

Nutrition Facts
Cast Iron Skillet Steak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 24g48%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.