How to Grill, Sear and Oven-Finish Rib Eye Steak

Whether you grill your rib-eye or cook your steak in the oven or a pan on the stove, this cut of meat is tender and juicy. Cook your rib-eye quickly at high heat — the less time it takes, the more tender it will be.

Grilled rib eye steak doesn't need anything more than salt and pepper — especially if you get the meat from a trusted local butcher.
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Grill Your Rib-Eye

Step 1: Preheat the Grill

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat until the temperature inside the grill box reaches 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Rest Your Meat

Let the rib-eye rest at room temperature while the grill preheats, for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3: Spice It Up

Rub the rib-eye with your favorite combination of spices or just plain salt and pepper.

Step 4: Grill Your Steak

Place the rib-eye on the hot grill and cook, without moving it, for four to six minutes per side, or until each side is browned to your liking. Flip the steak with long-handled tongs.

Step 5: Check for Doneness

Continue cooking the steak on the grill until it has reached your preferred level of doneness, or move it inside to the oven to finish the cooking.

Give It a Sear

Step 1: Heat Your Pan

Heat a large, cast-iron skillet or grill pan on the stove over high heat.

Step 2: Let the Meat Rest

Set the rib-eye out at room temperature to rest while you heat the pan.

Step 3: Rub With Oil

Rub the steak with a small amount of olive oil, unless your pan has a very good nonstick coating.

Step 4: Heat and Flip

Place the rib-eye in the heated pan and cook the meat for 30 seconds without moving the steak. Flip the rib-eye and cook for another 30 seconds. Finish the steak in the oven.

Read more: How to Cook a Tender Steak on the Stove

Finish It in the Oven

Step 1: Heat It Up

Preheat the oven to 500 F for at least 20 minutes.

Step 2: Prep the Pan

Place the grilled or seared steaks in a cast-iron skillet or grill pan and slide whichever you use into the hot oven.

Step 3: Cook Your Meat

Cook the steaks for two to four minutes; then remove the pan and flip the steaks over. Return them to the oven and cook for another two to four minutes.

Step 4: Check the Temp

Check the steaks for doneness with an internal meat thermometer. Remove the steaks from the oven when they reach your desired level of doneness.

Consider Nutritional Value

Rib-eye steak is a good source of protein. According to the USDA, a 3-ounce serving of grilled rib-eye steak, trimmed to zero inches of fat, provides 20.3 grams of protein. This is almost 50 percent of the recommended daily intake for women and 36 percent of the daily value for men, according to the National Academies of Sciences.

If you're watching your sodium intake, be aware that many steak seasonings can be high in this ingredient. According to the American Heart Association, daily intake should not exceed 2,300 milligrams or 1,500 milligrams if you have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Spice rub or salt and pepper

  • Tongs

  • Cast-iron skillet or grill pan

  • Olive oil (optional)

  • Meat thermometer

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