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How to Cook Steak in a Pan

Learning how to cook steak in a pan is like an art form that you can master with enough practice. Perfectly pan-seared steak is delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook steak in a pan, pan fried steak, pan seared steak
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 549kcal
Author Alli



  • 4 steaks see note
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 leaves sage


  • Rub steaks with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add butter, garlic, thyme, and sage.
  • Add steaks (see note) and cook for 4-6 minutes per side, depending on the desired doneness. Medium-rare is ideal and will register 135ºF on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Let rest on a plate covered with foil for 10-15 minutes.


You can use your favorite kind of steak, our favorites are ribeye, new york and sirloin. The thickness and cut will alter the cooking time by a few minutes. 


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 4mg