How to Cook Juicy Steaks in the Oven

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It’s easy to make perfectly tender and extra juicy steak in the oven!

These steaks are pan seared to caramelize and brown the outside and then they are finished in the oven. Top them with a pat of butter and serve.

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Great Steaks Anytime!

  • This recipe makes tender, juicy steak every time!
  • It’s easy to make (no grill required).
  • It’s very quick, the cook time is about 20 minutes (depending on the steak and doneness).
  • Naturally low carb and delicious!

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Important Tips

  • Ensure frozen steaks are completely thawed.
  • Remove steaks from refrigerator and allow to come to sit out for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Preheat the pan to ensure it’s very hot before browning the steaks.
  • Use a meat thermometer and be sure not to overcook.
  • Do not press on steaks as they cook, this presses out the juices.
  • Once cooked remove the steak from the pan to rest. If you leave it in the pan, it will continue cooking.
  • As with all meats, rest steaks at leat 5-10 minutes before cutting.

How to Make Steaks in the Oven

  1. Rub steaks with olive oil & gently press the seasoning into the meat.
  2. Brown on both sides to sear.
  3. Place skillet in oven & bake (per recipe below) until desired doneness.

PRO TIP: The steaks will continue to cook while they are resting (“carryover cooking”), so resist the urge to keep them in the oven if they don’t look fully baked.

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How to Make Pan Sauce for Steak

While steaks are resting, prepare the pan sauce if you’d like! (It’s optional but delish).

  1. Add butter to skillet along with garlic/other seasonings. Stir until fragrant.
  2. Pour in wine & scrape skillet to loosen any bits.
  3. Stir in cream & simmer (per recipe below.)
  4. Top steaks with butter & serve with sauce.

PRO TIP: Using liquid to loosen, and then scraping the bits off the bottom is called “deglazing the pan” and those tasty bits are called “fonds.”

Degrees of Doneness

Remember that steaks will rise a couple of degrees while they rest, I take them out about 3-4° before they’re done. Here’s a quick primer on what “doneness” means:

  • Rare – cool, red center – internal temp at 125° F.
  • Medium Rare – warm, red center – internal temp at 135° F.
  • Medium – warm, pink center – internal temp of 145° F.
  • Medium Well – slightly pink center – internal temp of 150° F.
  • Well Done – little or no pink – internal temp of 160°F

The FDA recommends a minimum temperature of 145°F with a 3-minute rest.

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Best Sides for Steak

Everything goes with a juicy steak, but some of our classic faves include:

Leftovers

Leftover steak will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days and we most often serve the steaks in the morning with fried eggs. Feel free to cut it into strips for easy steak tacos. Or, make these tasty philly cheesesteak wraps. Some spicy steak fajitas are always a treat as well!

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How to Cook Juicy Steaks in the Oven

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Learn how to cook the perfect juicy steak in the oven with this easy recipe. A creamy red wine sauce complements this tender steak perfectly!

Ingredients

  • 2 ribeye steaks 1" thick, or your favorites steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
Pan Sauce (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried), more to taste
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary chopped, (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine or beef broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

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Instructions

  • Remove steaks from the fridge at least 20 minutes before starting.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Rub steaks with olive oil and generously season. Brown 2-3 minutes per side and place the pan in the oven.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or until steaks reach the desired doneness. Remove steaks from the skillet and rest at least 5 minutes while making the sauce.
  • If making sauce, add 1 tablespoon butter, garlic, rosemary and thyme to the pan. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add red wine and simmer 2 minutes while scraping any bits off the bottom. Stir in cream and simmer 2-3 minutes more.
  • Top steaks with remaining butter and serve with sauce.

Recipe Notes

If your steaks are thinner, you will need less cook time.
  • Ensure frozen steaks are completely thawed.
  • Remove steaks from refrigerator and allow to come to sit out for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Preheat the pan to ensure it's very hot before browning the steaks.
  • Use a meat thermometer and be sure not to overcook.
  • Do not press on steaks as they cook, this presses out the juices.
  • Once cooked remove the steak from the pan to rest. If you leave it in the pan, it will continue cooking.
  • As with all meats, rest steaks at leat 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 410, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 112mg, Sodium: 141mg, Potassium: 365mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 692IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best steaks in the oven, how to bake easy steak, how to make steak in the oven, steak in the oven
Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, How To, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. The only thing I dont like is letting the steak sit for 5-10 mins before cutting. By that time it isnt HOT any more. I want my steak to be hot when I eat it.4 stars

    1. Hi Sharon, You can skip that step if you prefer. But letting it rest helps to prevent you from losing all those flavorful juices.

  2. I follow your recipes all the time and love them the best. Not that I’m a good cook, but I like trying. We really like good fried steaks but all I ever get is tough meat.
    I am looking forward to trying Oven Cooked Steaks. I’m keeping a positive thought this is the way for me to go. Never read this before from anyone. My next problem is I don’t own a oven proof skillet. Can I remove them from a lg. Skillet to a roasting pan?? Should I leave the lid off?? I need all the help I can get to get tender steaks.
    Another thing is I can’t cook tender fried Pork Chops. They too are always tough unless I cook them for hours in a gravy. Please help me. Thanks!!!

    1. While I haven’t made the steak a roasting pan, a heavy roasting pan will hopefully do the trick! Don’t overcook the steak – you can always cook it more. Remember to take it out ahead of time to come to room temperature. No lid. Review the tips before you start Barbara! I’ve got all the positive vibes going your way for this steak!

      For pork, especially lean pork, it can sometimes come out tough, especially when we overcook it. Brining chops can definitely help with them being tender, even some of the more lean cuts. One of my absolute favorites is the one my mom often made for my family, these mushroom pork chops. They bake low and slow, and become more tender as they bake. If they still feel a bit tough, cook a little longer.