Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter

Plus 5 Tips for Cooking a Perfect Steak

butter, garlic, rib eye, steak, thyme, thyme garlic butter
Serving Size: 4, generously

Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
A perfectly cooked steak is what many people – with good reason – think of as a perfect meal.  This is an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner, but other than remembering to salt the steak ahead of time (which is not a deal breaker, just recommended), it’s 30 minutes from start to finish.

Here are the five things that often help make a good steak great, and a great steak marvelous.

5 Tips for Cooking a Perfect Steak

1. Salt the Meat

Salting the meat a day before cooking it draws out excess liquid (concentrating and developing the flavor) and gives the meat more ability to form a nice caramelized exterior.  You can salt it an hour ahead, but the longer time allows the seasoning to get past the surface into the middle of the meat.

2. Allow the Meat to Come to Room Temperature

Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter

It’s also important to allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking, otherwise the inside will take significantly longer to warm up and cook, and buy that time the outside of the steak will be overcooked.

 

3. Pat the Meat Dry

Pat the meat dry before putting it in the pan.  If the meat is wet, it won’t sear well.

4. Use an Oil with a High Smoking Point

Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter

You should use an oil with a high smoking point—like canola or vegetable—to cook steaks on the stove, as butter or oil with a lower smoking point will burn, and cause the steak to have a burnt taste, even if it is not overcooked itself. Butter is a lovely thought, but add it at the end and just allow it to melt in the hot pan.

 

5. Turn on the Exhaust Fan!

This doesn’t affect the quality of the steak, but turn on the exhaust fan! The odds are that there will be a lot of smoke, so prepare by turning on the fan, opening windows and doors as you can, and thinking of this as a potential test to see if your batteries in the smoke alarm are still in working form.

And there you have it. Roast some potatoes once the oven is preheated, add a little sautéed spinach (cooked up while the steak is in the oven) or a green salad, and you’ve got that perfect steak dinner in your own home.

Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter

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  • 2 rib-eye steaks, about 1 ½ inches thick, and 1 to 1 ¼ pounds each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1. The night before cooking the steaks, salt and pepper them liberally, and put them on a plate (if you have a wire rack, place them on the rack over a plate). Refrigerate uncovered overnight.

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

2. One hour before cooking the steaks take them out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature.

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

3. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in a large skillet (big enough to hold both steaks) over high heat. Pat the meat dry and the steaks to the pan. Sear for 4 to 5 minutes, until the bottom is nicely browned, then flip the steaks and brown for another 3 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for another 5 to 10 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 120° to 125°F for rare, 125° to 130°F for medium rare.

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

4. Remove the steak from the pan to a cutting board, pour off any fat that has accumulated in the pan, and place over medium low heat. Add the butter, garlic and thyme and stir just until the butter has melted and you can smell the garlic (this will be quick as the pan will be quite hot). Brush half of the seasoned butter over the resting steak and let sit for 10 minutes. Pour the rest of the butter into a small bowl.

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

5. Slice the steak with a large, sharp knife, and fan out the slices on a serving platter. Brush the slices of meat with the remaining melted butter.

These Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Garlic Butter are an extremely classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner. Plus 5 tips to cook the perfect steak.

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