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    Reverse Sear Steak Recipe

    Published August 4, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Once you try the exceptional flavors in this reverse sear steak recipe, there is no going back to the old way of cooking beef. I was floored when I took my first bite of this steak, and there is no way I’m ever making steak any other way than this; it’s that good.

    We don’t eat beef that often these days, but occasionally we do have a craving for some. If you are looking for a great steak, be sure to try my Steak au Poivre or Grilled T-bone Steak.

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    Reverse Sear Steak

    Reverse-seared steak is slowly cooked beef in a low-temperature environment until it reaches 100° to 115° internally. The steak is then quickly pan-seared in oil over high heat until perfectly browned. This is a newer trend in preparing meats and has proven to work exceptionally well.

    This procedure allows the cooker to have more control over the steak so that it cooks evenly and is not overdone. During the slow cooking period before searing, the fat begins to soften and break down, making the steak incredibly juicy, tender, and flavorful. While in this cooking environment, the steak will dry out on the outside, making it optimal for a perfect pan sear giving off an exceptional Maillard reaction crust.

    The reverse sear is even better when you pre-season the meat and rest it for a period before slow cooking it. This will help season the meat throughout, making every bite delicious, and in addition, help to further dry out the outside of the steak for a fantastic golden brown sear.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    ingredients for reverse sear steak
    • Steak – Any boneless or bone-in cut of sirloin, filet, ribeye, flank, skirt, top round, hanger, T-bone, or porterhouse steak will work for this. I use a New York Strip Steak.
    • Oil – I believe olive oil is the best for searing a steak to create the perfect Maillard reaction. 
    • Butter – I always use unsalted butter in all my cooking backing to control the sodium content.
    • Seasonings – coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper is all that was used for this reverse-seared steak.
    • Herbs – I used fresh thyme sprigs to enhance the flavor of the steak during the searing process. Other herbs you could use are rosemary, sage, or oregano.
    • Garlic – A few garlic cloves will add beautiful flavors to the dish.
    • Shallots – I like to use 1 shallot when searing the steak for a bit of onion flavor.

    How to Reverse Sear a Steak

    Start by patting dry the steak on all sides with a paper towel.

    patting dry a steak

    Next, season the steak on all sides as you would before cooking it with coarse salt and cracked pepper.

    seasoning a steak

    Place it on a rack over a sheet tray and place it in the refrigerator uncovered for 2 to 24 hours.

    refrigerating a steak

    When you’re ready to prepare it, preheat the oven to 200°.

    setting an oven to 200°

    Place the steak on the rack over a sheet tray in the middle of the oven and cook for roughly 45 to 60 minutes. You want it to reach 100° internally, and the timing in the oven will depend on how thick and heavy the steak is.

    adding a steak to an oven

    Remove the steak from the oven and briefly set it to the side.

    oven baked steak

    Add the olive oil to a 10” cast iron or carbon steel pan and heat over high heat until the oil smokes lightly.

    adding oil to a pan

    For a medium rare internal steak, place the steak in the pan and turn the heat down to medium and let the steak cook for 1 minute.

    adding a steak to a pan

    Next, using tongs, move the steak around in a circular motion for 1 minute. Doing this will help completely brown the top of the steak.

    moving a steak around in a pan

    Flip the steak over and turn the heat down to low-medium and cook it for 1 minute.

    flipping over a steak

    Add the garlic, shallots, thyme, and butter to the pan with the steak.

    adding herbs and butter to a pan with a steak

    Baste the steak for 2 minutes to help brown and flavor the steak more.

    basting a steak

    Let the steak rest for 3 to 4 minutes.

    resting a steak

    Slice the steak and serve it as is or with some Maître D’ Butter.

    adding maitre d butter to reverse sear steak

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: Reverse-seared steak is meant to be eaten as soon as it is done cooking.

    How to Reheat: This recipe does not reheat well, but if you do need to reheat it, then re-sear it in a hot pan with lightly smoked oil until warm.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.  This recipe will not freeze well.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • I prefer to cook with olive, ghee, clarified butter, or beef tallow.  Do not be limited by these; please cook with your desired fat or oil.
    • If you feel like you may have cooked it a bit too long, set it upright when resting it to help heat escape more quickly.
    • When the steaks are smaller in weight, you may need to adjust cooking times by 1 minute per side.
    • Feel free to use your favorite steak seasoning.
    • If you let the steak sit seasoned for more than 24 hours, it causes it to begin drying out.
    • The best pans for searing the steak are cast iron or carbon steel. However, you can use whatever you have.
    • Maillard reaction, also known as the browning reaction, is an interaction between sugar and amino acids in the steak when heated to 285°and 350° over high heat, browning the meat to enhance the flavor and add more crispness. This is not the same as caramelizing.
    • Since I prefer my steak medium rare, I prefer to remove it from the oven at 100° internally so that I have more wiggle room when pan searing to ensure it is not overcooked.
    • You will need at least a 12” pan to sear multiple steaks at a time.

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    Reverse Sear Steak Recipe

    5 from 18 votes
    Once you try the exceptional flavors in this reverse sear steak recipe, there is no going back to the old way of cooking beef.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 2 hours
    Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 2 1-pound New York Strip Steaks
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 1 peeled shallot
    • 12-14 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Start by patting dry the steak on all sides with a paper towel. This will help to keep the outside of the steak as dry as possible to help create a great crust when searing.
    • Next, season the steak on all sides as you would before cooking it with coarse salt and cracked pepper.
    • Place it on a rack over a sheet tray and place it in the refrigerator uncovered for 2 to 24 hours. This pre-seasoning process will allow the salt and pepper to penetrate deep into the meat so that every bite is perfectly seasoned. This works exceptionally well when the steak is at least 1 ½” + thick.
    • When you’re ready to prepare it, preheat the oven to 200°.
    • Place the steak on the rack over a sheet tray in the middle of the oven and cook for roughly 45 to 60 minutes. You want it to reach 100° internally, and the timing in the oven will depend on how thick and heavy the steak is.
    • Remove the steak from the oven and briefly set it to the side.
    • Add the olive oil to a 10” cast iron or carbon steel pan and heat over high heat until the oil smokes lightly.
    • For a medium rare internal steak, place the steak in the pan, turn the heat down to medium, and let the steak cook for 1 minute.
    • Next, using tongs, move the steak around in a circular motion for 1 minute. Doing this will help completely brown the top of the steak.
    • Flip the steak over, turn the heat down to low-medium, and cook it for 1 minute.
    • Add the garlic, shallots, thyme, and butter to the pan with the steak.
    • Baste the steak with a large spoon for 2 minutes to help brown and flavor the steak more. Remove the steak once it reaches 120° to 125° internally for medium-rare.
    • Let the steak rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Slice and serve it as is or with some Maître D’ Butter.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: Reverse-seared steak is meant to be eaten as soon as it is done cooking.
    How to Reheat: This recipe does not reheat well, but if you do need to reheat it, then re-sear it in a hot pan with lightly smoked oil until warm.
    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.  This recipe will not freeze well.
    I prefer to cook with olive, ghee, clarified butter, or beef tallow.  Do not be limited by these; please cook with your desired fat or oil.
    If you feel like you may have cooked it a bit too long, set it upright when resting it to help heat escape more quickly.
    When the steaks are smaller in weight, you may need to adjust cooking times by 1 minute per side.
    Feel free to use your favorite steak seasoning.
    If you let the steak sit seasoned for more than 24 hours, it causes it to begin drying out.
    The best pans for searing the steak are cast iron or carbon steel. However, you can use whatever you have.
    Maillard reaction, also known as the browning reaction, is an interaction between sugar and amino acids in the steak when heated to 285°and 350° over high heat, browning the meat to enhance the flavor and add more crispness. This is not the same as caramelizing.
    Since I prefer my steak medium rare, I prefer to remove it from the oven at 100° internally so that I have more wiggle room when pan searing to ensure it is not overcooked.
    To sear multiple steaks at a time, you will need at least a 12” pan.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 850kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 48gFat: 71gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 788mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 985IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 5mg
    Course: dinner, Main Course
    Cuisine: American, French