Once you make steak in a cast iron skillet you’ll never go back! This Cast Iron Ribeye with Garlic Mushrooms takes about 20 minutes to make but is worthy of any special occasion.
Growing up, I was never much of a steak girl. In my mind, steak was chewy, tough, and dry. Why would anyone choose that over, say, a basket of fried chicken fingers and French fries? Let’s just say I wouldn’t have called my childhood palate “advanced.”
It wasn’t until I was newly married and on one of my first vacations with the Mr. that I began to appreciate steak. I don’t know if it was the elegant atmosphere or the salty sea air, but on a whim I ordered the filet mignon. And everything changed. This steak was juicy and so tender it almost melted in my mouth.
From then on, I was a steak girl, or, rather, I was a filet mignon girl. I decided that was the steak I liked and I was loyal to it like a kid is loyal to their favorite ice cream flavor. I eventually began branching out, trying new cuts of steak and even making them at home. I discovered leaner cuts make fabulous sandwiches and tacos, like these Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions or these Flank Steak Tacos. When we purchased a side of beef a few years ago, I tried all the different cuts–sirloins and T-bones, my beloved filet and skirt steaks.
Out of everything we tried over those months, the ribeye’s marbly slab of intense flavor was what finally won my heart. The ribeye has become my favorite steak to cook at home. I like to keep things really simple since this cut of steak already has such great flavor. A hefty sprinkling of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper is all it needs before it’s placed into a sizzling hot cast iron skillet and finished off in the oven. I discovered the cast iron sear/oven bake method for steak a few years ago, and it’s the only way I cook it now. The steaks are always perfectly browned with a tender, juicy center. I use a Thermapen to check the temperature and make sure I get just the right amount of pink. I aim for medium, no more, which is right about 145 degrees.
Of course, steak this good really doesn’t need much dressing up, but because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I decided to smother it in buttery garlic mushrooms, which are a weakness for both me and the Mr. This combo is, unsurprisingly, phenomenal. I’ll admit, I was pulling off some of the crispy edges of the steak and sneaking mushrooms before I even took pictures. I have no will power when it comes to salty crispy meat niblins. What can I say? I’m a carnivore for life.
There’s more than one reason to include beef in your Valentine’s Day plans. Aside from it’s tantalizing taste, a 3 ounce portion of beef also provides 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients, including iron. Of course, every great steak dinner also deserves a great wine to go with it. If you’re unsure where to start, I recommend reaching for a Cabernet Savignon, which is bold and full enough to stand up to the rich flavor of the steak. If you’re looking to branch out and try something new, check out the infographic below to learn how to pair your favorite beef dishes with wine.
If you happen to have leftover ribeye (and that’s a BIG if!), I highly recommend using it for this Ribeye Steak Salad. It is incredible!
- 2 boneless ribeye steaks, 1-1.5 inches thick
- Vegetable oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 Tablespoons butter, divided
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Fresh parsley (optional)
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