Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe

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Skillet Steak with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe – Make a restaurant quality steak at home using these helpful tips and recipe! 

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Nothing beats the sear of a steak cooked in a cast iron skillet! Topped with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter? Makes this skillet steak recipe out of this world!

A big juicy steak just doesn’t get much better than when it is cooked in a hot cast iron skillet. Even though I’ve talked about the perfect steak before, a skillet steak will absolutely knock your socks off. Hearing the sizzle when a steak hits the hot skillet is music to my ears. I know my steaks are getting a good sear, forming a delicious crust if you will, and keeping all that juicy goodness right inside.

The process to cook a skillet steak is really not that difficult at all. You just need a heavy, large cast iron skillet that is well-seasoned and cleaned, your steaks, a couple of seasonings, and a few minutes.

Really.

I like to season my steaks for a few hours before I’ll be cooking them. This serves as a sort of dry brine that helps produce a more juicy and flavorful steak. I sprinkle both sides of my steak with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then store it in the refrigerator until about 30 minutes before I am ready to begin cooking. Then, I pull my steaks out and allow them to warm up easily on the counter as I begin getting everything ready to cook.

I preheat my cast iron skillet over medium heat on my stove. You could easily use a sideburner or directly on your grill or cook these over an open flame on a grate if you are camping, as well.

Once my skillet is hot, hot, hot, I test it with a drop of water. If a sprinkle of water dances and sizzles across the skillet, I know my skillet is ready for cooking my steaks.

Next, I drizzle olive oil into the bottom of the skillet and make sure it has been well-coated.

Then, I place each steak into the skillet, taking care not to crowd them as they are cooking. After the steaks have cooked for about two minutes on one side, I carefully flip them on the other side. After two minutes, I reduce the heat on the skillet to low or slide the skillet to indirect heat if cooking over a grill or on a campfire.

At this point, I’ll test the steaks for doneness with an internal thermometer or by using the “face test.” I saw the tip on some television show when I was first married and the idea of testing steak based on your face completely made sense to me then and has worked ever since.

Basically, here’s how the “face test” works:

Face Test for Testing Steak Doneness

Rare Steaks (145 degrees, before resting*) – If you prefer rare steaks, the steak should have a similar feel as when you touch your cheek. It should have plenty of give and cushion.

Medium Steaks (160 degrees, before resting*) – If you prefer your steaks at the medium level, the steak should have a similar feel as when you touch your chin.

Well-Done Steaks (170 degrees, before resting*)  – If you prefer your steaks well-done, the steak should have a similar feel as when you touch your forehead.

*according to USDA Guidelines

Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter - Nothing beats the sear of a steak cooked in a cast iron skillet! Topped with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter? Makes this skillet steak recipe out of this world! // addapinch.com

I highly suggest that you make skillet steaks soon.

Like tonight!

When you do,  pull out your internal thermometer and then do a comparison so that you get a feel for the whole “face test” for testing your steaks. You’ll feel funny the first few times you do it, but believe me, it works like a charm!

Allow your steaks to rest in the skillet for about five minutes for all of the juices to flow back to through the meat. This produces the juiciest, most flavorful steak you can imagine.

Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter - Nothing beats the sear of a steak cooked in a cast iron skillet! Topped with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter? Makes this skillet steak recipe out of this world! // addapinch.com

As my steaks were resting, I knew they really didn’t require anything else, but they sure did deserve something to elevate them just a smidge. That’s when I whipped up this Gorgonzola herbed butter at the last minute to serve on top of them.

Let’s just say that little tablespoon of goodness was this steaks crowning glory!

Here’s my tried and true Skillet Steak recipe. Don’t skip on the herbed butter!

Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Skillet Steak with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe – Make a restaurant quality steak at home using these helpful tips and recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the steaks:

  • 4 ribeye steaks, or your preferred cut
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

For the herbed butter:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions 

  • Season both sides of each steak with salt and fresh ground pepper. Wrap each steak tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours up to overnight. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to cooking in order for the steaks to reach room temperature before cooking.
  • Heat large, heavy cast iron skillet over medium heat. You can also use a sideburner on a grill or an open flame with a grate if camping. To test if properly heated, sprinkle a drop of water into the bottom of the skillet. If it dances, the skillet is properly heated.
  • Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of the skillet and make sure it is well-coated.
  • Place each steak into the skillet and cook over the medium heat for two minutes. Flip and cook the other side of the steak for about two minutes. Test for doneness. Cook longer if needed to reach the level of doneness desired.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for about five minutes in the skillet.

For the herbed butter:

  • Cream together butter, Gorgonzola cheese, and fresh parsley.
  • Place one tablespoon of herbed butter onto the top of each steak and allow to melt over the sides as serving.

Notes

Time does not include time prior to cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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56 Comments

  1. Kathi Tron says:

    i’d love to make this recipe however I have a corningware cook top stove and I am unsure if I can use cast iron skillets on it, what do you think?

    1. vincent j. guarrasi says:

      I’m going to skip the BBQ Saturday and try your skillet trick. Let you know how it works for me.

      Your photography is outstanding!

    2. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you enjoyed this, Vincent! My family loves it!
      Thank you so much! You are so kind – I appreciate the compliment! πŸ™‚

    3. Carolyn Timmons says:

      I use mine. Just be careful not to scratch the surface. Works great.

  2. Linda says:

    5 stars
    Never had heard of putting salt and pepper on steak and leaving it for hours. I did just like you said,but only left it about 2-3 hrs. Did everything else as instructed and WOW my husband and I were very impressed. My husband had been wanting a steak,but different from the ” throw it on the grill kind.” So as I was cooking this I thought if I ruin his steak, but with each bite he would say, this is good, I like this one, it’s a keeper. So thanks Robyn. It’s a keeper.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you both enjoyed it!

  3. Kim Honeycutt says:

    5 stars
    Here is something I can try when I get my new cast iron skillet! πŸ˜‰ You know I’m Pinning it!

  4. noni noni says:

    the best steak I have ever had even in the restaurants

  5. Fork Notes says:

    4 stars
    Hello. I love your pictures. What type of lens do you use?

  6. Alisa says:

    Was wondering what the nutritional facts were for this… Do you know by any chance??

  7. Conna says:

    Found these on Pinterest and made them for Sunday afternoon lunch. Hubby said best meal since we’ve been married (5 months). Thanks!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      YAY! So excited that you both loved these steaks! They are our favorites. Congratulations on your first five months of marriage. It just keeps getting better and better with time. Enjoy it!

  8. Maria says:

    Umf!!! I hate that I cannot find a cast iron skillet in Croatia…This is definitely the first thing I am going to buy if I ever visit the US!!!
    The steaks are mouthwatering and I’m gonna take you up on that advice and make some tonight for dinner even though I don’t have the right cooking apparatus πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Bettie says:

    I made these for my family tonight and WOW were they delicious. I used a screaming hot cast iron skillet that made a delicious and beautiful steak. I’m definitely adding this to my rotation. My husband is eating his second one right now…….I know, I know…he didn’t eat a potato so I guess I won’t complain too much. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Yay, Bettie! I’m so glad you loved this steak as much as we do. Isn’t that Gorgonzola butter amazing?

    2. Bettie says:

      Yes, the Gorgonzola butter is amazing. I actually did some quality control tasting before the steaks were done. Can’t wait to search your more recipes to prepare very soon!

  10. Giselle says:

    Robyn, this looks just delectable. The steak is perfectly cooked. It looks perfect, the charred effect makes me wanting for more.