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How To Cook A Ribeye Steak In A Frying Pan

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: February 1, 2024

Here’s everything you need to know about how to cook a ribeye steak in a frying pan so that’s it’s not only delicious but tender and juicy too… here goes!

Time: Inactive 30 minutes, Active 10 Minutes

Serves: 2 People

Sometimes you just gotta have a steak. 

The tender, juicy, umami flavours just can’t be beat. We want to show you how to cook a steak to perfection anytime the craving strikes.
All you need to pull off this recipe is a good frying pan, a few pantry staples, and a high-quality cut of meat.
Our steak of choice? The ribeye!
God’s gift to hardworking women and men who deserve to enjoy the simple pleasures of a high-quality meal. A quick trip to the butcher shop or supermarket is all it will take to get started. Pick up these simple ingredients and you’re well on your way to meaty perfection, creating a meal you’ll be proud to share with those you love.

Gathering Your Ingredients 

You’ll need: 

  • 1 boneless ribeye steak, 2.5-3 cm thick (about 450-500g) 
  • Salt & pepper 
  • 50g butter 
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh herbs (think thyme, or rosemary) 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 2 teaspoons neutral cooking oil or olive oil 

How To Cook a Ribeye Steak in a Frying Pan: All The Steps

1. Prep Your Ingredients 

Take your steak out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you plan to begin cooking. Season it with plenty of salt and pepper, making sure to cover it all over, including the sides. Don’t hold back here – season liberally.

Let the steak rest out of the fridge and allow it to come up to room temperature for at least 30 minutes, and up to an hour. This will ensure a more evenly cooked steak. Also, set out your butter, fresh herbs, and 1 garlic clove in your working area. Smash the garlic clove with the side of your knife, or your fist – no need to peel it. 

How to cook ribeye steak in a frying pan

2. Cook The Steak 

Take your heaviest frying pan and place it over medium-high heat. Any frying pan will do; stainless steel, cast iron, basically, whatever you have in your kitchen. Let it heat up for a few minutes, until you can feel heat radiating from the pan when you place your palm a few inches above the center of the pan.

Working quickly, drizzle in 2 teaspoons of oil, and quickly, but gently place your ribeye steak in the middle of the pan. Let the steak cook, undisturbed, for 3-5 minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. 3 minutes for rare, 4 minutes for medium-rare, or 5 minutes for medium, and so on. Flip the steak to the other side, and immediately add the 50g butter, fresh herbs, and smashed garlic clove to the frying pan.  

Here’s the fun part: Tilt the flying pan toward you just a bit, allowing the butter and steak juices to pool on one end. With a large spoon, baste the liquid over the steak as it cooks. This will add flavour and moisture to the steak, making it sumptuous and delicious. Do this for 2-3 minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. 

3. Let It Rest 

Remove the steak from the frying pan and place it on a plate.  

Don’t touch it for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices inside the steak to rest, and the steak itself to relax and will ensure a juicy steak once you slice into it.  

4. Slice, Serve, And Enjoy! 

With a sharp knife, slice the steak into slices as thick or thin as you like. Drizzle the remaining pan juices over the steak slices, and finish with a final flourish of flaky salt, if you like. A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil would be nice too. You did it! Enjoy the fruits of your labour! 

how to cook a ribeye steak in a frying pan

5. What To Serve With Your Steak 

Potatoes of all varieties – mashed, baked, roasted, fried – are delicious with your steak. Rice or pasta, simply dressed with olive oil, are lovely too. Fresh bread to mop up the juices would be great. A simple side salad, or roasted or steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, or kale, would be lovely as well.  

A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil is fantastic just before serving.  Crack open a beer, or open a bottle of your favourite red wine, kick up your feet, and enjoy your beautiful steak dinner.  

You’ve earned it! 

How To Cook Ribeye Steak In A Frying Pan: Summing Up

Now you have everything you need on how to cook a ribeye steak in a frying pan and it’s probably not as difficult as you thought right?

Also check out these sous vide recipes Sous Vide Steak Recipe and Sous Vide Ribeye – delicious!

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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