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How to Cook Steak in the Oven

Learn how to cook steak in the oven in just 20 minutes! Use these simple tips and tricks to create the perfect steak that’s caramelized, juicy and tender. You’ll never cook it any other way!

Steak and potatoes on a white plate.
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Favorite Way To Cook Steak

Steak is one of those classic dinners that is perfect for special occasions. My whole family loves it and gets so excited when it’s on the menu.

This oven baked steak tastes great served with either a baked potato or mashed potatoes and green beans.

If you’ve never tried cooking steak in the oven, you have to give it a shot! I love to sear it on the stove first, then finish it off in the oven. It creates a caramelized, crisp outside and tender and juicy inside.

A few of our other favorite special occasion meals are meatloaf, chicken marsala, spaghetti bolognese and fettuccine alfredo. Also don’t miss my oven baked chicken.

Key Ingredients

Oven baked steak ingredients on marble counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Steak: There’s many cuts of beef to choose from, but I prefer to use a ribeye or top sirloin steak for this recipe. If you really want to splurge filet mignon is my personal favorite.
  • Olive oil: Use a good extra-virgin olive oil here.
  • S&P: Salt and pepper is all you need for seasoning. It helps bring out the flavor.
  • Garlic herb butter: We love adding a slab of this garlic herb butter on top.

How to Cook Steak in Oven

Showing how to cook steak in the oven.
  1. Let sit. Bring steaks to room temperature for about 15 to 30 minutes. Trim any excess fat.
  2. Heat. Preheat the oven to 450°F and place large oven-safe skillet in oven while it’s heating. Remove pan from oven and place over high heat on stove.
  3. Season. Pat steaks dry with a paper towel, then rub them with oil and season generously with sea salt (or kosher salt) and pepper. You can also use your favorite steak rub to season steaks.
  4. Sear. When pan is very hot, add the steaks to the hot skillet and sear on each side for 1 minute.
  5. Bake. Then place pan in oven and bake for 4-6 minutes on one side. Flip and cook other side for 4-6 more minutes. Remove the meat 5° before it reaches the desired temperature.
  6. Rest. Remove pan from oven and allow rest steaks for 5 minutes. Top each steak with a slab of herb butter and fresh herbs if desired.

How Do I Know When my Steak is Done?

Below gives you a good benchmark for each level of doneness (color, baking length, temperature). Cooking times may vary depending on your oven, so be sure to continue to check on your steak. You want to remove the meat 5° before it reaches the desired temp. Temperature will continue to rise while resting.

  • Rare: Sear outsides then bake about 4-6 minutes in oven until temperature is around 125°F and color is red.
  • Medium-Rare: Sear outsides then bake about 6-8 minutes in oven until temperature is 130°F and color is deep pink.
  • Medium: Sear outsides then bake about 8-10 minutes in oven until temperature is around 140°F and color is light pink.
  • Medium-Well: Sear outsides then bake about 10-12 minutes in oven until temperature is around 150°F and color is slightly pink center.
  • Well-Done: Sear outsides then bake about 12-14 minutes in oven until temperature is around 160°F+ and color is little or no pink.

Note: If you are a visual person, check out this cooking time chart that shows the doneness of each meat.

Cooking steak in the oven in a white skillet.

Cooking Tips

  • Types of meat. There are 3 different types of meat: Select, Choice and Prime. I usually end up buying choice and it always has great flavor.
  • Skillet. While any oven safe skillet will work, I highly recommend using a cast iron skillet. The heat is distributed more evenly and creates the perfect crust on the meat.
  • Season generously. Don’t skimp on the seasonings! Rub on a generous amount of salt and pepper, or use your favorite steak rub. Some of the seasoning will come off in the skillet as it cooks, so you want the meat to have enough flavor once it’s done.
  • Keeping it tender. There are a few easy steps you can take to ensure your steak is tender. First, bring the meat to room temperature. This helps it cook more evenly and lessens the chance of overcooking. Second, season with salt. Salt brings out moisture from the meat and helps break down proteins and muscle fibers. The end result is a soft and amazingly tender steak!
  • Let rest. Letting the meat rest once removed from the oven keeps it nice and juicy. When you allow warm steak to cool, the juices flow back in and create a super moist and delicious meat. I like to let mine rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Once rested, I’ll add a slab of butter and fresh herbs on top. It really brings the flavor up a notch!
Cooked steak and potatoes on a white plate.

Favorite Sides to Serve With

There are all sorts of side dishes that pair wonderfully with steak! Mixed vegetables and potatoes are our favorites, but below are some other great options.

Recipe FAQ

Do you Bake or Broil Steak in the Oven?

I personally like to bake my steak in the oven. Baking uses convection heat while broiling uses infrared heat. This means that when you bake, you are heating food by surrounding it with hot air.

When you broil, you are heating food from above by using the top elements of the oven. Food that is broiled typically gets more charred, especially on top. It has a tendency to cook and brown really fast. Baking the steaks is a little more fail-proof in my opinion. :)

What is the best temperature to cook steak in the oven?

For thicker steak I prefer to cook at 450°F. It helps crisp the edges while keeping the inside nice and juicy.

How long does it take to cook steak in the oven?

At 450 it will take about 10 minutes to cook to medium. It definitely depends on how you prefer your steak. Refer to the timing chart the post, but typically I cook for about 10 minutes.

How long to cook steaks in oven at 400?

Medium rare: 10-12 minutes
Medium: 12-15 minutes
Well done: 15- 18 minutes

Can I cook a steak in the oven without searing it?

Yes you can, it will just take a couple minutes longer to cook. For thin steaks like flank steak, you can also place under the broiler for a minute to get the seared edges.

Sliced steak on a white plate.

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How to Cook Steak in the Oven

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Learn how to cook steak in the oven in just 20 minutes! Use these simple tips and tricks to create the perfect steak that’s caramelized, juicy and tender. You’ll never cook steak any other way! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 (1-inch thick) ribeye beef steaks (any cut will do)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons canola oil , or avocado oil
  • Kosher salt , to taste
  • Ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , or garlic herb butter (for finishing)

Fresh thyme or rosemary for serving

    Instructions

    • Remove the steaks from the fridge and bring to room temperature, about 15 to 30 minutes. Trim any excess fat. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a large skillet in the oven while it is heating. Remove pan from oven and place on the stove over high heat. 
    • Dry steaks with a paper towel. Rub the oil over the steaks and generously season with salt and pepper. Once the pan is very hot place the steaks into the pan. Let each side cook 1 minute, or until seared. Use tongs to flip.
    • Place the pan in the oven 4 to 6 minutes. Flip and cook the other side an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Check the center with a meat thermometer or slice with a knife to check for doneness (see notes below for different levels of doneness). You want to remove the meat 5° before it reaches the desired temperature. Temperature will continue to rise while resting. 
    • Using an oven mitt, remove pan from oven and allow to rest on a plate 5 minutes before serving. Add a slab of butter on the top of each steak. 

    Video


    Notes

    How to test your steak for doneness: 
    • Rare: 125°F (red)
    • Medium Rare: 130°F (deep pink)
    • Medium: 140°F (light pink)
    • Medium well: 150°F  (slightly pink center)
    • Well done: 160°F (little or no pink)
    Garlic herb butter: For optimal flavor, try making half a batch of my garlic herb butter to slather on top. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 286mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American

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