How to Cook Steak like a Pro Chef

Food & Recipe

Here's a cheffy way to cook steak that really makes the most of a good steak - or fancies up economical steaks! Basting with garlic-thyme infused butter as the steak is cooking adds flavour and luxury to the steak. You'll feel like a total pro cooking it and it'll rival the best steakhouse in town!


▢1 - 2 boneless ribeye or scotch fillet , 2.5 cm / 1" thick, approx 300g/10 oz each (Note 1)

▢1 tbsp vegetable oil

▢Salt and pepper

▢75g / 5 tbsp unsalted butter , cut into 1.25cm / 1/2" cubes (Note 2)

▢6 sprigs fresh thyme or 3 sprigs rosemary

▢5 garlic cloves , peeled and smashed to split (Note 3)


Bring to room temp: Take the steak out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to bring to room temperature.

Dry steaks: Pat dry with paper towels.

Heat skillet: Heat oil in a heavy based skillet over high heat until it is very hot - you should see smoke!

Season: Sprinkle each side of the steak generously with salt and pepper, then immediately place in the skillet.

Sear Side 1: Cook for 2 - 2.5 minutes until you get a great crust, then turn.

Garlic Butter: Leave for 1 minute, then push steaks to one side and toss in butter, garlic and thyme. BE CAREFUL - the thyme will sputter!

Baste: As soon as the butter is melted, continuously spoon the butter over the steak until it's cooked to your liking - 2 minutes in total for the 2nd side for medium rare...

Basting also renders fat on the side of the steak – use tongs to sear the edges at the end if you want it browned more.

Rest: Transfer steak to a plate and cover loosely with foil, rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve steak with a bit of the butter from the skillet drizzled on top. 

 Recipe Notes:

1. Steak - any steak suited to quick cooking is suitable for this recipe. I've used rib eye/scotch fillet because it's a well marbled, really juicy cut of steak. Also ideal for Porterhouse, T-bone and tenderloin medallions.

2. Butter amount vs # of steaks - you need a minimum amount of butter in order to be able to easily baste the steaks. So I use the same amount whether I'm using 1 or 2 steaks. You could cut it down to about 50g / 3 tbsp if only using 1, but you'll need to tilt the skillet more to scoop butter up.

3. Smashed Garlic - use the side of your knife and smack down firmly with the heel of your hand to "smash" the garlic so it bursts open but mainly stays in tact. The idea here is to release flavor into the butter but make it so the pieces are easy to pick out.

4. Internal temperature of cooked steak. The most popular (and my personal preference) is medium rare.

Internal temperature cooked steak medium rare

5. Nutrition is for 1 steak, assuming 2 tbsp of butter is adhered to/drizzled on the steak.

This recipe will make you feel like a PRO Chef!

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