Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Total Time
51 Mins
Yield
6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces beef and 3/4 teaspoon butter mixture)

This recipe is one of our highest-rated recipes ever. Most of the praise is due to the ingredient itself: lean, grass-fed New York strip steak. Besides being more sustainable and nutrient-dense, grass-fed beef simply tastes beefier. The technique is the second part of this recipe's genius. Letting the meat come to room temperature before it hits the pan and rest when it’s done allows the steak to cook evenly. A butter baste is appropriate for such a lean cut, adding a glossy finish and keeping the meat moist. 

How to Make It

Step 1

1. Let steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature.

Step 2

2. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low; add butter, thyme, and garlic to pan. Carefully grasp pan handle using an oven mitt or folded dish towel. Tilt pan toward you so butter pools; cook 1 1/2 minutes, basting steaks with butter constantly. Remove steaks from pan; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes. Reserve butter mixture.

Step 3

3. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Discard thyme and garlic; spoon reserved butter mixture over steak.

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