How to Make the Perfect Ribeye Steak

This recipe for a perfectly cooked ribeye steak is simple yet exceptional. By focusing on the preparation and using just a few ingredients, you’ll achieve mouthwatering, juicy steak every single time!

Ribeye Steak

There’s something truly satisfying about a well-cooked steak, and ribeye is one of the most versatile cuts to work with. Whether you prefer sous vide, reverse searing, cast iron cooking, or stovetop pan-searing, ribeye is a perfect choice.

In this recipe, we feature thick-cut ribeyes cooked in a combination of butter, olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs. The hot pan creates a caramelized exterior, while the butter helps to keep the interior tender and juicy.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Very little prep work is needed. Simply let the steak rest at room temperature and then cook.
  • The ingredient list is simple, requiring just meat, butter, garlic, and herbs.
  • The ribeye steak is incredibly juicy and tender, thanks to its marbling and the flavors of garlic and herbs.
  • While ribeye may be a more expensive cut, it’s worth the investment for special occasions.

I love the reliability of this recipe. With ribeye in the fridge, you can easily whip up a satisfying and hearty dinner at a moment’s notice. There’s no need for fancy ingredients to make this steak taste incredible.

Ribeye Steaks

For this recipe, you’ll need the following:

  • Ribeye steaks (frozen steaks work too, just thaw them overnight in the fridge)
  • Butter (unsalted for better control of salt levels)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh herbs (thyme and rosemary, or substitute with sage, marjoram, or oregano)
  • Garlic (smashed)
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
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How to Cook a Ribeye Steak

To make this recipe easy to follow, I’ve included step-by-step photos below. For the complete printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ribeye steaks cook best on high heat for a short amount of time. I prefer using a stovetop because it allows me to control the heat and achieve a nice crust from the sear. Here’s how you can make the perfect ribeye steak:

Step 1: Bring the steaks to room temperature
Take the steaks out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature on the counter for 20-30 minutes.

Step 2: Season the steaks and make the garlic herb butter
Once the steaks are at room temperature, season both sides generously with salt and black pepper. Then, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted, add the herbs and garlic.

Step 3: Cook the steaks
Cook the steaks for 4-5 minutes on each side after adding the herbs and garlic.

Step 4: Rest and serve
Transfer the steaks to a cutting board or plate when they reach an internal temperature of 130°F for medium-rare or 140°F for medium. Tent them with aluminum foil and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. Afterward, slice the ribeye steaks against the grain, serve, and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Results

  • Use a cast iron skillet to develop a nice sear on the outside of the steak.
  • Don’t skip the resting step, as it’s essential for the steak to retain its juices.
  • Experiment with dry seasoning blends like garlic salt or taco seasoning instead of traditional salt and pepper.
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What to Serve with Ribeye Steak

When it comes to side dishes, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few suggestions to complement your ribeye steaks:

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Potatoes and carrots
  • Potato wedges
  • Cauliflower mashed potatoes
  • Green beans

Storage Instructions

  • To store: Place cooled steaks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze: Freeze the cooked and cooled steaks in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months. Do not refreeze steaks once thawed.
  • To reheat: Preheat the oven to 275°F and reheat the steaks until the internal temperature reaches 130°F using a meat thermometer.

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More Steak Recipes to Try

  • Air fryer steak
  • Picanha
  • Chimichurri steak
  • Black pepper Angus steak
  • Bavette steak

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