How to Pan Fry a Steak

Learn how to pan fry a steak and make restaurant quality meals at home. It is so easy and it takes simple techniques to enjoy a flavorful, moist, and tender steak.

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Pan Frying Steaks
Pan Frying Steaks

Just a Few Ingredients

All you need is a great cut of meat. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, and a Cast Iron Skillet. If you have not used the seasoned salt before and are not sure where to get it, you can find it here.

Pan Fry Pork Chops Too

While this is a recipe for the beef rib eyes, this same technique can be used for Pork Chops and other cuts of meat too.

Frying Pork in Cast Iron Skillet
Frying Pork in Cast Iron Skillet

Delicious Garlic Butter Sauce

Serve your meat with this delicious garlic butter sauce. It takes just 5 minutes and it will amp up your taste buds. Truly something you would have in a restaurant.

Rich Buttery Sauce with Beef and Asparagus
Rich Buttery Sauce with Beef and Asparagus
Pork and Asparagus with Creamy Garlic Butter Sauce
Pork and Asparagus with Creamy Garlic Butter Sauce

Side Dishes for Steak

Would you like to make the asparagus that is shown with the steak? You can! It is delicious with this steak and pork chop too. Here is that recipe. There are other side dishes that would work well too.

Use a Thick Cut of Steak

Generally, I like to make a 16 ounce rib eye. This cut of meat has great marbling for a tender steak. However, this same cooking method can be used for a two other great options; Tenderloin and New York Strip.

Rib Eye Steak Ready for Pan Frying
Rib Eye Steak Ready for Pan Frying

Change up the meat for a chicken breast or pork chop. Just make sure to cook a bit less time to not overcook.

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Boneless Pork Chops in a Cast Iron Skillet Ready for Frying
Boneless Pork Chops in a Cast Iron Skillet Ready for Frying

Prepping Skillet

If I have a very lean cut of meat, I will add a bit of oil to the pan before adding the cut of meat; just a tablespoon. This will help it release from the pan when turning. However, when the steak is seared on one side, it will release from the pan pretty easily.

Cook the steak in a pan that is relatively hot; I use medium-high or high heat. After adding the steak, season the steak generously with the seasoned salt and freshly ground pepper.

Butter Sauce for Steak

While I prefer a cast-iron skillet to cook the steak, I have used a non-stick skillet with great success. Do what I have many times; use what you have on hand. After your steak is done, add butter to the pan. Melting the butter in the pan gets all the pan dripping goodness and caramelization of the steak off the pan.

Melting Butter in Steak Pan
Melting Butter in Steak Pan

Use the butter to dip your steak or drizzle the butter over the steak when serving.

How to Pan Fry a Steak

Learning how to pay fry a steak is an essential skill to have when making delicious and easy meals for your family and friends.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Pork, recipe, restaurant food
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 16 Oz. Rib Eye Steaks
  • 1 Tbl. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tbl. Olive Oil


  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add steaks.
  • Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook approximately 7 minutes, then flip and cook another 5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140°, for medium.
  • Let rest 5 minutes before cutting to retain the moisture.

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