Garlic Butter Oven Seared Steak

There’s nothing better than this garlicky, buttery, pan seared steak that’s been finished in the oven to perfection!  Just like those famous steak houses except you can easily cook this up in your own kitchen in no time!

I think steak is on my top 5 favorite things to have for dinner, so naturally, I’ve experimented with all different types of sauces and ways to cook it.  To date, my family’s favorite way to enjoy steak is this pan seared steak recipe.  It makes the perfect garlic butter steak every time!

Even though we won’t refuse a nice grilled steak over the BBQ, the preferred way my family and I enjoy steak is with a quick sear on a cast iron pan then finished off in the oven.  Perfect steak every time!

NY fillet pan seared steak finished in the oven topped with garlic butter and fresh parsley being picked up with a fork.

If you haven’t tried garlic butter with your steak, I promise you’re missing out big time.  It’s so easy to make and adds so much flavor to the steak!

What is Garlic Butter Oven Seared Steak?

Steak is seasoned with salt and pepper than on to a pan for a quick sear on a cast iron pan, topped with garlic butter and finished off in the oven until the desired doneness.

What are the instructions to make garlic butter oven seared steak?

  • Season steak and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Sear both sides of steak for 1-2 minutes.
  • Top with garlic butter.
  • Finish off the oven until the desired doneness.

Do you have a steak doneness chart for oven bake finish?

Here are the suggested oven times for steak doneness depending on preference.

These are times based on 1-inch thickness:

  • Rare                     120F/1-1.5 Minutes
  • Medium-rare        130F/1.5-2.5 Minutes
  • Medium                140F/2.5-3.5 Minutes
  • Medium-well        150F/3.5-4.5 Minutes
  • Well-done            160F/4.5-6 Minutes

Note – keep in mind the steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven, so I usually pull it out 5F before target temp.

Note – not all ovens are created equal so it’s always best to use a meat thermometer.

NY steak ready for pan searing.

What kind of steak can I use to make seared steak?

This recipe is written for a 1 inch thick New York Strip Steaks or Ribeye Steak, but any cut of steak will work with adjustments to cooking times.

What’s garlic butter?

Garlic butter is a mixture of melted butter, grated garlic, and freshly chopped parsley. Because of its low smoking point, make sure to only add garlic butter after searing and before putting it into the oven.

Garlic butter with freshly chopped parsley in a mixing bowl.

Why do you use a cast-iron skillet to sear steak?

Cast irons hold heat very well and are great for searing.  Also, since cast irons are oven safe, you can put the entire pan into the oven after searing without losing any heat.

Do you have any tips in making this Garlic Butter Oven Seared Steak recipe?

  • Generously season the steak, preferable 30 minutes prior to cooking to let the seasoning work into the meat.
  • Let the steak rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.  This will allow the steak to cook evenly and avoid cold spots in the middle.
  • Feel free to add preferred herbs into butter like fresh thyme, rosemary, or fresh shallots.

Cut NY fillet pan seared steak finished in the oven topped with garlic butter and fresh parsley served on a white plate.

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Now, let’s get making some Seared Oven Baked Garlic Butter Steak!

  • Prep Time 2M
  • Cook Time 4M
  • Baking Time 3-7M
  • Total Time 10M
  • Net Carb/Serving ~1g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 New York Strip or Rib Eye Steak (preferably 1 inch thickness)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Neutral High Temp Oil
  • 1 tsp Fresh Parsley

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

NY steak ready for pan searing

2) Preheat oven to 425F.

3) Pat dry steak with a paper towel and sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper per side of steak.  Note – we recommend to let the steak sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes after seasoning for even cooking and letting the seasoning settle.

4)  Add butter into a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave (20-30 seconds).

5) Grate garlic with a grater or a garlic press, chop parsley and combine with butter as shown below and set aside.

6) Add neutral oil into a cast iron pan on high heat until lightly smoking.  Once up to heat, place steak inside the pan and cook each side for 1.5-2 minutes to sear.  Note – Don’t move or lift up the steak while searing.

7) After searing both sides, remove from heat, top with garlic butter and transfer the entire pan into the oven.  Cook the steaks in the oven based on the doneness chart below.  Note – times will vary depending on the exact cut and thickness.

  • Rare                      120F/1-1.5 Minutes
  • Medium-rare        130F/1.5-2.5 Minutes
  • Medium                140F/2.5-3.5 Minutes
  • Medium-well        150F/3.5-4.5 Minutes
  • Well-done            160F/4.5-6 Minutes

8) Transfer steak onto a serving plate, spoon over juice from the pan and enjoy hot!

Hope you enjoy your Seared Oven Baked Garlic Butter Steak!

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Cut NY fillet pan seared steak finished in the oven topped with garlic butter and fresh parsley being picked up with a silver fork.

Garlic Butter Oven Seared Steak

There's nothing better than this garlicky, buttery, pan seared steak that’s been finished in the oven to perfection! Just like those famous steak houses except you can easily cook this up in your own kitchen in no time!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: oven seared steak
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 700kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 New York Strip or Rib Eye Steak preferably 1 inch thickness
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Neutral High Temp Oil
  • 1 tsp Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Pat dry steak with a paper towel and sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper per side of steak. Note - we recommend to let the steak sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes after seasoning for even cooking and letting the seasoning settle.
  • Add butter into a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave (20-30 seconds).
  • Grate garlic with a grater or a garlic press, chop parsley and combine with butter as shown below and set aside.
  • Add neutral oil into a cast iron pan on high heat until lightly smoking. Once up to heat, place steak inside the pan and cook each side for 1.5-2 minutes to sear. Note - Don't move or lift up the steak while searing.
  • After searing both sides, remove from heat, top with garlic butter and transfer the entire pan into the oven. Cook the steaks in the oven based on the doneness chart below. Note - times will vary depending on the exact cut and thickness.
  • Transfer steak onto a serving plate, spoon over juice from the pan and enjoy hot!

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Nutrition

Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1381mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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