Oven Baked Steak Recipe - Savory Nothings (2024)

This Oven Baked Steak recipe is so easy to pull off, and results in perfectly cooked steak! You only need a handful of simple ingredients to cook this, plus plenty of garlic butter to serve.

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Steak is one of the best meals, if you ask me. It’s such a wonderful special occasion entrée for those times you want to make a great meal without putting on an entire holiday dinner…

We love steak for birthday dinners, Valentine’s Day at home, anniversaries… Or for those times I feel I just want to make an ordinary day a little more special.

If I get a steak at a good price and decide to make it as part of a normal meal, I will mostly go for my Air Fryer Steak – it’s even more hands-off, less butter needed to yield juicy meat. But for those special dinners I just mentioned… nothing beats a perfectly seared steak that’s finished in the oven, with plenty of butter. Let’s cook some steak!

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Ingredients you’ll need

Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities!

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Ingredient notes

  • Steak: You can use pretty much any steak cut that cooks quickly. I used a bone-in sirloin steak. You can use boneless sirloin, top loin, New York Strip, Porterhouse, T-Bone, Ribeye… they are all great contenders here. Go for at least 1 inch thick, better 1.5 inches. I used one large steak, but you can also do several smaller; just keep in mind that your skillet needs to be large enough to comfortably fit your meat and it also needs to fit in the oven.
  • Seasoning: I don’t put anything but salt and pepper on a good steak (then slather it in heavily seasoned garlic herb butter later, ahem). If you want to use a steak seasoning blend, go ahead.
  • Oil: I use a bit of oil in addition to the butter for searing the steak on the stove without burning any butter (it gets very hot, and butter burns FAST in direct high heat settings; using oil here prevents this). I recommend a mild vegetable oil like sunflower oil that’s marked for high heat purposes.

How to cook steak in the oven

Steak may seem intimidating, but it’s really not hard to cook – the most difficult part is to pull it from the oven at the right time! It’s honestly just as easy to make as oven baked chicken breast, oven baked boneless pork chops and oven baked salmon. No special skills required!

1. Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Season it with salt and pepper and place it on a plate at room temperature.

2. Once ready, heat the oven to 400°F. Position the rack in the middle of the oven. Place a cast iron skillet (large enough to comfortably hold your steak or steaks) over medium-high to high heat on the stove and heat it until very hot, 3-5 minutes.

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3. Add the oil, then sear the steak 60-90 seconds on the first side, gently touching the steak down with clean fingertips a few times to ensure the entire surface has contact with the skillet (don’t smush or squash the steak, just gently hold it down). Flip, sear the second side for 30-45 seconds (it will have contact with the skillet the entire time in the oven, so I leave it less long), then pull the skillet from the stove.

4. Place the butter on the steak, then place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 4-8 minutes, depending on your preferred doneness. Once done, remove it from the oven, place the steak on a plate and tent with foil. Rest for 5-10 minutes, then serve!

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Recipe tips

Initial temperature: Don’t forget to remove your steak from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it. This is crucial to yield a juicy steak that’s not tough. You want to unwrap it, place it on a plate and season it. Then just leave it on the counter for 30 minutes until you’re ready to start.

Searing time: Stick to a short but hot sear. You really just want a nice, caramelized crust on the outside without the heating going too far inside the steak yet.

Thermometer: I highly recommend working with a meat thermometer, preferably one where you can stick the probe into your steak and then connect to the thermometer through an oven-safe wire. You leave the thermometer in your steak and close the oven door, then you can pull it at exactly the right time!

I recommend inserting the thermometer through the side of the steak, not the top. Makes for a cleaner presentation and it’s easier.

Resting: Do not skip the resting time, it’s crucial to retain the juices and ensure your meat is tender. I know it’s tempting to cut right into a sizzling hot steak… but I promise the rest exists for a reason.

Slicing: Always slice against the grain, not with the grain. It’s easier, looks neater and tastes better (granted, the tasting better part hasn’t been scientifically proven… but I stand by my opinion ?).

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Internal temperature for steak

The doneness of your steak is best checked for with a food thermometer (affiliate link)- it’s really difficult to gauge it correctly in any other way, especially if you’re not experienced with cooking steak.

I definitely do not trust myself to cook meat correctly without a food thermometer, I use it for absolutely everything, including cake; it takes the guesswork out of cooking and baking! Get one! ASAP!

Here are the internal temperature recommendations for different levels of doneness:

  • Rare:125°F (red with red juices)
  • Medium Rare:130°F (deep pink with reddish juices)
  • Medium:140°F (light pink with clearer juices)
  • Medium well:150°F (slightly pink center with clear juices)
  • Well done:160°F (fully cooked through, no longer pink at all)

The USDA recommends an internal temperature of at least 145°F for beef, for safe consumption, followed by a 3 minute rest. See full chart. I always choose medium-rare to medium when I eat steak, my husband eats steak rare to medium-rare. I do cook it to 145°F for our children. But it’s your personal choice to do what’s right for you and your family.

That being said, steak does cook quickly this way. The skillet is HOT and transfers a lot of heat to the steak. I choose a blazing hot sear and then a medium-high oven temperature (400°F) because the steak basically just needs the heat to go through it at this point. My steak was thick (1.5 inches) and reached 130°F after just 5 minutes in the oven.

Do not trust recipes that tell you to sear your steak, then place it in a 450°F oven for 20 minutes. I have tried several of them in the past, they were all inaccurate. Your steak will most likely be quite well done at that point, unless your steak is positively ginormous. Get a food thermometer (affiliate link). Cook your proteins accurately. They taste a LOT better this way!

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Serving ideas

It seems like a no-brainer, but steak goes so incredibly well with all things potato:

  • Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
  • Baked Potato Wedges (or Air Fryer Potato Wedges)
  • French Fries or Steakhouse Fries for a classic Steak Frites
  • Mashed Potatoes (or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes)
  • Roasted baby potatoes, roasted fingerling potatoes, instant pot roasted potatoes, smashed potatoes… you name it, I’ll eat it with my steak!

As far as vegetables go, we have a few favorites:

  • Roasted asparagus (or air fryer asparagus)
  • Sautéed green beans (or air fryer green beans)
  • Roasted broccoli (or air fryer broccoli)
  • A tossed salad with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette or white balsamic vinaigrette

Plus, like I already said… Plenty of homemade Garlic Herb Butter!

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  • Air Fryer Steak
  • The Best Ever Steak Marinade

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Oven Baked Steak

This Oven Baked Steak recipe is so easy to pull off, and results in perfectly cooked steak. You only need a handful of simple ingredients to cook this, plus plenty of garlic butter to serve!

Recipe by Nora from Savory Nothings

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Recipe details

Prep 40 minutes mins

Cook 5 minutes mins

Total 45 minutes mins

Servings 4 servings

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 beef steaks 1 to 1.5 inches thick (see notes for best cuts)
  • salt and pepper to taste; use steak seasoning if you prefer
  • ½ tablespoon oil a neutral vegetable oil works best
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or more to taste
  • garlic butter (optional to serve)

Instructions

  • 30 minutes before cooking: Remove steaks from fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Unwrap and place on a plate, season generously, then leave on the counter until ready. Do not skip this step for best results.

  • Prep: Once ready to cook, heat oven to 400°F. Place a cast iron skillet (large enough to comfortably hold your steaks) over medium-high to high heat on your stove. Let it heat up for 3-5 minutes, until sizzling hot.

  • Sear first side: Carefully place oil in skillet (be mindful of possible splatters!), then add steaks and sear 60-90 seconds on first side. Gently touch steaks down a few times to make full contact with skillet – don't squash or smush steaks, just use fingertips and light pressure to hold steaks down. Steak should brown nicely with some caramelization.

  • Sear second side: Flip steak and sear 30-45 seconds on second side. Pull skillet from stovetop.

  • Finish in oven: Top steaks with butter, then place in hot oven until desired temperature is reached (about 4-12 minutes, depending on steak size and doneness; pull steak 5°F below desired internal temperature). I had a large 1.5-inch thick steak and baked it for just 5 minutes for medium-rare! Use a thermometer to correctly gauge doneness.

  • Broil? Feel free to quickly broil steaks for 15-20 seconds for a perfect finish. Remove steaks to a plate, tent with foil. Rest for 5-10 minutes, then serve. For best results, do not skip rest.

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Notes

Internal temperature for steak:

  • Rare:125°F (red with red juices)
  • Medium Rare:130°F (deep pink with reddish juices)
  • Medium:140°F (light pink with clearer juices)
  • Medium well:150°F (slightly pink center with clear juices)
  • Well done:160°F (fully cooked through, no longer pink at all)

Note: The USDA recommends an internal temperature of at least 145°F for beef, for safe consumption, followed by a 3 minute rest.See full chart. Choose an internal temperature you are personally comfortable with; I usually go for medium-rare to medium.

Lots more tips and information in the post!

Steak cuts: You can use pretty much any steak cut that cooks quickly. I used a bone-in sirloin steak. You can use boneless sirloin, top loin, New York Strip, Porterhouse, T-Bone, Ribeye… they are all great contenders here.

Go for at least 1 inch thick, better 1.5 inches. I used one large steak when I took the photos to make things a bit easier on myself, but you can also do two smaller; just keep in mind that your skillet needs to be large enough to comfortably fit your meat and it also needs to fit in the oven.

Slicing: Always slice against the grain, not with the grain. It’s easier, looks neater and tastes better (granted, the tasting better part hasn’t been scientifically proven… but I stand by my opinion ?).

Nutrition is an estimate.

More recipe information

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Oven Baked Steak Recipe - Savory Nothings (2024)

FAQs

How do you cook a steak in the oven without drying it out? ›

If desired, use some aluminum foil to tent over your steak in the oven. The foil will lock in moisture to prevent it from escaping your steak to prevent it from drying out while it reaches your ideal doneness.

How long do you bake steak in the oven at 400 degrees? ›

As a general rule for a one inch thick steak at 200C / 190C fan / 400F: For a rare steak, cook for 10 minutes. For a medium-rare steak, cook for 12 minutes. For a medium steak, cook for 14 minutes.

Do you need to flip steak in the oven? ›

Should I Flip Steak in the Oven? Oven-cooked steak also gets a more even cook through the meat than steak cooked in a pan, so flipping it just once should suffice. This is true if you're using the regular oven's heat or the broiler.

How do you keep steak moist in the oven? ›

Sear the meat before cooking it in the oven

This may change for the cut meat but, usually, searing the meat before putting it in the oven will help to keep the juices inside. If you are cooking a big piece of meat like roast beef or similar with sauce, make sure you pour some sauce in while cooking it to keep it juicy.

What is the best temperature to cook steak in the oven? ›

We recommend 425°F as the best oven temp for steaks. For the perfect doneness, use a meat thermometer and the Measuring Doneness Chart below for perfect steak doneness. Additionally, you can find cut specific steak cooking recommendations for each cut on our How To Cook Steaks page.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook steak in the oven? ›

Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and preheat a large frying pan on the hob.
  2. Oil and season the steak.
  3. Sear the steak on the hob until golden.
  4. Transfer onto a baking tray and cook for 24 minutes.
  5. Turn over after 12 minutes.
  6. Rest the steak for 10 minutes.

Do you put butter on steak before or after oven? ›

Finish in oven: Top steaks with butter, then place in hot oven until desired temperature is reached (about 4-12 minutes, depending on steak size and doneness; pull steak 5°F below desired internal temperature).

What does covering meat with aluminum foil do? ›

But here's the real question we want to answer — why do we wrap foods at all? Wrapping meat in foil mid-grill or smoke gives it the chance to continue cooking without getting too much of a bark. When done correctly, the Texas Crutch allows the meat to simmer in its own — and added — juices.

How long do you bake a steak at 350 for medium rare? ›

Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes (7 for rare, 10 for medium rare) Remove and flip the steaks. Return them to the oven for another 7-10 minutes on 350. Remove the baking dish, cover with a cotton towel or a lid of some sort. Let the meat rest for a few minutes before serving.

How long to cook steak in oven at 250? ›

Temperature and Timing for Reverse-Seared Steak
For 1 1/2–Inch Steaks in a 250°F (120°C) Oven
Rare105°F (40°C)20 to 25 minutes
Medium-Rare115°F (46°C)25 to 30 minutes
Medium125°F (52°C)30 to 35 minutes
Medium-Well135°F (57°C)35 to 40 minutes
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Is 400 degrees good for steak? ›

Heat a grill to high heat, between 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit. For a perfect medium rare steak, grill a 1 inch thick steak for 4-5 minutes per side. For a steak that is 1 1/2 inches thick, add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time per side.

Why do chefs put steaks in the oven? ›

The oven is a much gentler form of heat, cooking the meat evenly on all sides and allowing you to control the temperature more easily. Since cooking happens more slowly in the oven, there's also less risk of overcooking and burning your dinner!

Is it better to cook a steak in the oven or stove? ›

Is it better to cook steak in pan or oven? Most steaks can cook in a pan to medium rare. Cooking some steaks in the oven could lead to overcooking or drying out. However, thick steaks like filet mignon may need some time in the oven, too, to ensure that they cook enough on the inside.

Can I cook a steak in the oven without searing it? ›

Mist the rack with cooking spray. Pat the steak dry thoroughly with paper towels. Season generously all over with salt; sprinkle lightly with pepper. Place on the rack and bake until an instant-read thermometer stuck into the thickest part reads 120ºF for medium rare, 20 to 25 minutes (start checking after 15 minutes).

How can I make my steak juicy and tender? ›

7 Ways to Tenderize Steak
  1. Pounding. Using a meat mallet (or kitchen mallet) to pound steaks helps soften and tenderize the meat. ...
  2. Salting. Most cuts of steak benefit from being salted up to an hour in advance of cooking, but especially tougher cuts. ...
  3. Marinating. ...
  4. Velveting. ...
  5. Slow Cooking. ...
  6. Enzymatic Application. ...
  7. Scoring.
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How do you heat up steak in the oven without drying it out? ›

Bake at a low temperature. Heat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit—the lower, gentler temperature will help reheat the steak from the inside out while maintaining the juices. Reheat the steak for about 20 minutes.

How do you cook steak so it's not dry? ›

Salt your steaks.

For the most flavorful and tender results, salt your steaks at least 40 minutes before or even the night before you plan to cook them. This takes a little planning, but “dry brining” your steaks, will not only season the beef, but help them to retain moisture for a juicy, tender bite.

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