Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Strip Steaks

Published May 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

The key to our ideal pan-seared steak recipe was to start the steaks in a cool oven and then to sear them. And by searing the steaks quickly, we kept the meat directly under the crust from turning gray. Cooked this way, the steaks developed a beautiful brown crust in less than four minutes,… read more

The key to our ideal pan-seared steak recipe was to start the steaks in a cool oven and then to sear them. And by searing the steaks quickly, we kept the meat directly under the crust from turning gray. Cooked this way, the steaks developed a beautiful brown crust in less than four minutes, while the rest of the meat stayed pink, juicy, and tender.

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Serves 4

Rib-eye or filet mignon of similar thickness can be substituted for strip steaks. If using filet mignon, buying a 2-pound center-cut tenderloin roast and portioning it into four 8-ounce steaks yourself will produce more consistent results. If using filet mignon, increase the oven time by about 5 minutes. When cooking lean strip steaks (without an external fat cap) or filet mignon, add an extra tablespoon of oil to the pan. If desired, serve with a pan sauce, relish, or butter; see related recipes.

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