Thursday, April 5, 2012

Medium Rare Please & Thank You!

How do you like your steak done?  Probably one of my favorite questions, because it essentially means it less than a half hour I'll be enjoying a medium rare steak.  Yum!  I won't discriminate, if you like yours cooked medium, or even medium well (that's for you, Mom) they are all pretty tasty.  No matter how red/pink/brown you like your steak, this recipe is for you.  It's simple and the end result is a great steak, cooked to perfection!
This was a real special dinner for C and I, two filets from Whole Foods.  Sorry to the vegetarians, but even not cooked they look delicious.  Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the filet.
In a pan over medium to medium-high heat, add olive oil and sear both sides of the filet.
Only 2 minutes on each side.
Add a tablespoon of butter on top of each filet.
Place foil over the pan, and place in the oven at 400 degrees F.  Cook for another 5-6 minutes, checking how well you like yours cooked. 
I served over rice, with sauteed mushrooms and green beans.  I must say, they were awesome!  I've had trouble in the past making steaks that are cooked right and taste just as good as a restaurant, but I think I can say I finally mastered it.  Simplicity is key! 

Medium Rare Filets
Serves 2

2 6-8oz filets
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper both sides of the filets.
In a pan over medium to medium-high heat add olive oil.
Sear steaks on both sides, around 2 minutes per side.
Place one tablespoon of butter on each filet, and cover pan with tin foil.
Cook in the oven for 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Serve with whatever sides and toppings you wish!


  1. They look fabulous. Filets on a week night--sounds like you were celebrating something special! I've never had a steak cooked better by anyone than my squeeze, but these look they'd provide contest.

  2. Not that I want to insult the squeeze, but you must try these :)