Strip Steak in a Skillet Recipe

Strip Steak in a Skillet Recipe

Cook strip steak in a skillet fast and easy! You'll feel like a steak pro when you cut into this perfectly cooked steak.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Author Katie Moseman


  • 2 strip steaks about 3/4 inches thick
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper optional
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Place a large nonstick skillet on a burner and preheat over medium heat for 4 minutes. Test for proper heat by flicking a large drop of water into the skillet. It should sizzle away quickly and loudly.
  2. Using tongs, hold the steak on its side so that the fattiest edge faces down into the skillet. Press the fatty edge into the skillet and let the fat cook for about 2 minutes until the fatty edge is browned and you can see some liquid fat in the pan.
  3. Turn the steak and lay it flat in the pan. Do not touch it for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, flip it. Again, don't move it at all for 4 minutes.
  4. Using clean tongs (don't use anything that will pierce the steak, like a fork), remove the steak from the skillet and place it on a clean plate. Quickly rub a teaspoon of butter all over the top of each steak, leaving what doesn't melt right away to sit on top of the steak. Sprinkle generously with sea salt, and add a few grinds of black pepper if desired. Tent a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the steak and let sit for 4 minutes.

  5. Serve and enjoy!