It’s easy to get into meal ruts when you’re busy and your week seems to have no end. A one-pot pasta dish is great in a pinch, but there are only so many times you can eat rotini with jarred marinara before you cave and grab a pizza or takeout on your way home from the office. That’s all well and fine, but too often we forget delicious, easy weeknight dinners are possible, with real grains, veggies, and protein. You might be shying away from trying your hand at a steak dinner at home after a long day at work, but you’re missing out. When you’re craving a dose of red meat, making a steak can be just as easy as any other meal.
Once you master a few tips it’s just as easy as figuring out a chicken dinner or other homemade meal. Plus, there’s something special about being able to bring big steakhouse flavors into your own kitchen. You’ll feel accomplished and make a meal your entire family will love, without putting in a ton of effort. Looking for where to start? Give these recipes a try.
1. Pan Seared T-Bone Steak
It really doesn’t get easier than this. If you’re looking to perfect your steak-cooking techniques, this recipe from Food Network has you covered. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be able to cook a pound and half of steak in just minutes. The trick is to allow the steak to rest outside the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before you plan to cook it. This allows the meat to come to room temperature, which will ensure even cooking.
With a T-Bone steak, you really don’t need to add anything to your meal, unless you want to throw together a side salad or quick-cooking vegetable like broccoli. Even so, this steak will remain the centerpiece of your dinner. The added bonus, at least in terms of meal preparation, is that there’s no grill or fancy equipment required. You can make this in your trusty skillet on the stovetop, finishing it in the oven.
- 1½ pounds bone-in T-bone steak
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. A half-hour before cooking, remove steak from refrigerator.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Pat steak dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Add oil to hot skillet and when it begins to smoke add steak. Reduce heat slightly and cook steak until browned, about 4 minutes on each side.
Transfer skillet to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into the steak registers 120 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut steak from the bone and carve meat across the grain.