Perfect Ribeye Steaks

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Tender ribeye steaks cooked to juicy perfection is the best way to enjoy steaks at home (and it’s not difficult to make)!

This amazing cut of beef is definitely a favorite and in my opinion, one of the most flavorful out there. There is no need for special or fancy ingredients, just steaks, seasonings, a brush of oil, and a pat of butter for perfection.

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A Steak That’s Perfect Every Time!

We love this recipe because a simple cut of beef can be transformed into a juicy, tender steak that will leave mouths watering.

Nothing beats a great steak—and they’re even better when they’re made at home!

This is a “foundation” recipe and truly, anyone can make great steaks at home. I’ve shared my favorite tips below.

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Choose ribeye steaks that have nice even marbling throughout for the best results. Thicker 1″ steaks are easier to cook than thinner steaks. You can get a nice char on the outside without overcooking (I prefer to cook to medium-rare).

Ribeyes have a fat cap along the outside and will most often have a larger piece of fat in the middle. This will all melt into the steak making it ultra juicy!

Use your favorite steak spice for this recipe (we love Montreal Seasoning or Hey Grill Hey Beef Seasoning). Ribeyes have so much flavor they really don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients or a marinade.

My dad always uses a simple combination of pepper and seasoned salt and his steaks are ALWAYS amazing.

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How to Cook Ribeye Steak (Oven Method)

Just a few simple steps and you’ve got a steakhouse entrée on the table in no time!

  1. Preheat oven and a cast iron pan or heavy skillet (per recipe below).
  2. Brush steaks with oil and season as desired.
  3. Cook the steaks about two minutes on each side. Once steaks are browned on both sides, place the pan in the oven and roast according to recipe instructions below. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove pan and place cooked steaks on a plate and add butter pats to each piece. Make a foil tent and let the steaks “rest” about 5 to 10 minutes. Resting is important to keep them juicy!

This recipe uses 1″ thick boneless ribeye steaks that have been removed from the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Thinner or thicker steaks can vary in cook time. Use an instant-read thermometer for best results.

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How to Grill Ribeye Steaks

  1. Prepare/season steaks per recipe below.
  2. Heat grill to medium. Season steaks and grill them between 5 to 7 minutes on each side, depending on the desired done-ness.
  3. Remove steaks, dot them with butter, and allow them to rest about 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Tips for Perfection

  • If using frozen steak, be sure to let it fully thaw.
  • A bit of oil before seasoning helps the seasonings stick. Season just before cooking.
  • Preheat the cast iron pan, oven and/or grill.
  • Searing the outside of the meat helps ensure the juices are sealed inside.
  • Use a meat thermometer and be sure not to overcook.
  • Do not press the steak as it is cooking on the grill.
  • Always rest steaks 5-10 minutes before serving for best results.

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Steakhouse Sides

Did you make these Ribeye Steaks? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 


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Review Recipe

Perfect Ribeye Steaks

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Ribeye Steaks are tender, juicy, and are always a family favorite!


  • 2 ribeye steaks 1" thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • steak seasoning or kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter or herbed butter

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  • Remove steaks from the fridge at least 45 minutes before cooking.
  • Just before cooking, rub steaks with olive oil and generously season to taste.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Preheat a large cast-iron pan on the stove over medium-high heat.
  • Add steaks and cook 2 minutes per side to brown
  • Place the pan in the oven and roast 11-14 minutes or until steak reaches desired temperature.
  • Immediately remove steaks from the pan and place on a plate to rest. Top steaks with a pat of butter, loosely tent with foil.
  • Rest steaks 5-10 minutes before serving.


  • Preheat grill to medium heat (approximately 375°F).
  • Prepare steaks as above and grill 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare or 6-7 minutes per side for medium.
  • Remove from the grill and top with a pat of butter, loosely tent with foil. Rest steaks 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Cook times provided are approximate for a 1" steak and will vary based on steak thickness and temperature.
Remove steaks from the heat about 5° before it reaches the desired temperature as the temperature will continue to rise. The FDA recommends a minimum temperature of 145°F with a 3-minute rest.
Rare: 125°F
Medium-Rare: 135°F
Medium: 145°F
Medium Well: 155°F
Well: 160°F
Rest steaks 5-10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 694, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 57g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 168mg, Sodium: 218mg, Potassium: 606mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 384IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 4mg

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

Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I used this recipe last night to cook a ribeye and it was by far the best ribeye I have ever cooked. It was tender and flavor full! Just amazing.

    Would this cooking process work just as well on other steak cuts, like a t-bone?5 stars

    1. Hi Keith, so glad you enjoyed this recipe! This process should work well with most steaks. Hope you enjoy!

  2. I give this 4 stars. Prep is good, seasonings are good……but….. if I want charred on the outside and medium rare, I get the grill at hot as it’ll get. 3 1/2 to 4 minutes a side depending on thickness (with closed lid) and then rest under foil for at least 10 minutes. I find that the meat dries too much with lower heat. I discovered this method on Pinterest about a year ago, and have not had one failure since. I even surprised myself how good it was the first time I tried it!4 stars

    1. That sounds delicious, Buzz, thanks for sharing! If you try our method let us know what you think

    1. We would recommend it but if you don’t have one that’s okay, just make sure the pan you do use is oven safe.

  3. This is the best way to cook Ribeyes I have ever tried! The key is taking them out of the oven ~10 degrees before the desired finish and they are perfect!!

  4. I just read that you are a wine enthusiast. My husband and I are too. I wonder if you’ve heard of Wine Insiders? If not, check them out. We’ve been drinking an excellent French Cabernet for less than $10 a bottle. lovely!5 stars

  5. Holly,
    Just recently joined your emails. I really enjoy your laid-back, not-so-fussy approach to cooking delicious food. You nailed this article on steaks, and my mouth is totally watering over your excellent photos.
    Great work! Keep it up and have very Happy New Year

    1. If your ribeye was cooked to medium, it definitely should not be tough as nails as it is a well-marbled piece of steak. Was the steak bright pink in the middle or did you take the temperature of the steak? Did you allow the steak to rest before cutting?