Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished)

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Steak is marinated in the fridge for 45 minutes, then quickly pan-seared in a cast iron skillet before it is finished in the oven.

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Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
13 mins
Marinate Time:
45 mins
Rest Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 23 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 steaks

If you're making steaks inside, you've come to the right place. This technique for cooking steak in a cast iron skillet is unbeatable. What sets it apart? It starts on the stove in a cast iron skillet, but you'll finish the steak in the oven. The stovetop-to-oven method produces steaks with a deeply caramelized crust and a tender, perfectly cooked interior.

Why This Recipe Works

We love this oven-finished steak recipe for a lot of reasons. To name a few:

The Cast-Iron Skillet

The skillet is the star of the show. Why? Cast iron absorbs and retains heat like no other surface. It heats up fast and cooks evenly. A hot cast iron skillet puts a quick sear on steaks, creating a beautiful caramelized crust, without overcooking the center of the steak. Also, the cast iron skillet goes from stovetop to oven with ease.

The Choice of Steak

This recipe calls for beef top-sirloin steaks. Choose steaks that are at least 1-inch thick. If the steak is too thin, the inside will overcook before the beautiful caramelized crust can form on the outside. Of course, this stovetop-to-oven technique works well for more expensive cuts, too.

Allrecipes community member Ken Turnbull loves the technique for thick steaks with nice marbling: "I learned this method from a good steak house almost 50 years ago and always have the best results," he says.

The Simple Marinade

This simple steak recipe calls for marinating your top-sirloin steaks in a simple marinade made up of common ingredients you likely have on hand: Orange juice, cider vinegar, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce.

The ideal steak marinades are simple mixtures of acid (OJ and cider), fat (olive oil), and seasonings (Worcestershire sauce). The acid tenderizes the meat and delivers a tangy flavor foundation; the fat binds the marinade and helps prevent steaks from sticking; and the seasonings, well, they add flavor.

The Resting Time

Let the steaks sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute. As your steaks rest, they will also continue to cook slightly. For best results, use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Here is what you're aiming for:

Rare: 125 degrees F (52 degrees C)
Medium Rare: 130 degrees F (54 degrees C)
Medium: 140 degrees F (60 degrees C)
Medium Well: 150 degrees F (65 degrees C)
Well Done: 160 degrees F (70 degrees C)

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"The outside had a perfect crust and inside it was extremely juicy and tender," says Jeffrey Klotzbach. "I would recommend it to anyone."

"A 1-inch thick steak is as thin as you want to go," says Ken Turnbull. "For medium rare, I find that between 1 and 2 minutes per side is all that is needed for the sear and that 5 minutes in a 425 degree oven is enough, if not too much, for a 1-inch steak."

"I used a 1-pound petite sirloin and splashed a little Pinot Noir in the pan drippings while the steak was resting," says rennhr. "Then I reduced the sauce and finished with unsalted butter. Will definitely make again."

Editorial contributions by Carl Hanson

Ingredients

  • 2 (6 ounce) beef top sirloin steaks

  • 2 cups orange juice

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 ½ tablespoons steak seasoning (such as Fiesta Brand® Uncle Chris'), or to taste

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. Place steaks side by side in large casserole dish. Add orange juice, cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Marinate, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Remove casserole dish from refrigerator. Cover steaks with plastic wrap and let allow to come to room temperature, at least 15 minutes.

  4. Place steaks on a clean work surface and generously rub with steak seasoning and black pepper.

  5. Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over high heat.

  6. Cook steaks in the hot skillet until lightly browned on the bottom, 2 1/2 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side and red in the center, about 2 minutes more. Transfer skillet with the steaks to the oven.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until steaks are firm and reddish-pink to lightly pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read from 130 degrees F (54 degrees C) to 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

  8. Remove steaks from oven; season with salt. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

    an overhead view of two steaks perfectly seared in a cast iron skillet
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studio

Cook's Notes:

You can also use rib-eye in this recipe.

Make sure to use real orange juice, not from concentrate.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
15g Fat
43g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 2961mg 129%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 134mg 669%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 9mg 48%
Potassium 1551mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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