How to Cook New York Strip Steak in Cast Iron Skillet

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Part 3 – Achieving the Perfect Steak with Tips from the Experts


I want to congratulate you once again on achieving a tender, juicy NY steak by searing with the method discussed in Part 1.

Because you now possess knowledge of the basic process and can choose quality NY strip steak from reading Part 2, we will discuss tips and recipes to benefit steaks you cook in the future.


Tip #1: Bringing the Steak to Room Temperature

It is not uncommon to forget to pull your NY strip steak from the refrigerator in time for it to warm to room temperature before you sear it.

However, you can easily remedy this. Set your steak on a microwave-safe plate and heat it on the lowest setting in the microwave at intervals of 3-5 seconds.

Flip between intervals, until the NY strip is warm.

Be careful that you do not begin cooking it.


Tip #2: Heat Your Cast Iron in the Oven

If you want to ensure you skillet heats evenly, preheat it using the stove instead of the oven. Warm the oven to 200C(400F) and place your cast iron skillet inside.

After 15-20 minutes, it should have reached an ideal temperature for searing. Be careful when removing the skillet from the oven, because the handle will be hot.


Tip #3: Enhancing Your Flavor

Add 1 knob organic grass-fed butter, 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, and 2 crushed cloves of garlic 2 minutes before you complete the searing process.

After cooking the steak in this for one minute, flip it so the second side absorbs the mixture.

Adding these ingredients will enhance the flavor and aroma of your strip steak, instead of disguising it.


Tip #4: Warm Your Plates While Cooking

If you want the steak to retain its warmth after cooking and before serving, use the oven to warm your serving plates.

Preheat the oven to 90C (190F) and set your plates inside for ten minutes.

Carefully remove them and set your steak on top to ensure it stays warm well after being seared.


Tip #5: Enjoy Your NY Strip When It’s Warm and Juicy

Unfortunately, as the cook, you may not have the pleasure of enjoying your NY strip steak immediately.

Whether you have hosting obligations, or need to clean the kitchen before eating, you can still enjoy your steak while it is warm.

Preheat the oven to 50C(120F) and put the plate with the steak inside. This temperature is ideal to keep your NY strip warm, without drying it out or causing overcooking.