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Perfectly Cooked Steak In a Grill Pan

Perfectly Cooked Steak in a Grill Pan

Learn how to cook a steak in a grill pan with these simple step by step photos and instructions!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Author Kit Graham


  • Steak
  • Butter
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Seasoning Pepper
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 cup Sliced Mushrooms


  1. Start by removing the steak from the packaging and patting it dry with a paper towel. This step is important because if there is moisture on the steak it will create steam, and you don't want to steam your steak, you want to sear it creating a flavorful crust on the outside, right?
  2. Then generously coat it with a layer of seasoning salt and seasoning pepper - these are spice mixes available at your grocery store that add more flavor than salt and pepper alone.
  3. Rub the seasoning into the beef.
  4. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Once the butter just starts to brown, add the steak. Let the steak cook for 2 minutes, then rotate it 90 degrees (to create criss crossing grill marks) and let cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Then flip the steak. Cook for 2 minutes, rotate 90 degrees, cook another 2 minutes.
  7. Remove the steak from the grill pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. If you are nervous that your steak won't be cooked enough, insert a meat thermometer sideways into the center of the steak. You will want it to read 120 degrees, since the internal temperature of the steak will increase slightly as it rests.
  8. Immediately melt another tablespoon of butter in the same grill pan, add the sliced shallot and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes. Once that was ready, I quickly wilted some spinach in olive oil and seasoned it with salt - mostly because I wanted to put something green on the plate.
  9. Now that your vegetables are ready and your meat has rested, serve your steak. It should be nice and pink and juicy in the middle.