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Grilling steaks over-rated?

last night I did something different. Retro different, old-old school but new to me.

I had a couple of 1 1/4" thick boneless rib eye steaks.
Salt, pepper, a little olive oil, nothing fancy.

Then I got my cast iron skillet really hot on the stove while the oven was cranking up to 400.

I seared one side of the steaks for about a minute, flipped over for a minute, then into the oven pan and all for about 10 minutes until the steaks were bout 130 degrees.

I pulled the pan out of the oven and let it sit for a few more minutes on the stove, until the steaks were juuuuuuust riiiight.

Hadn't ever done it that way before, but it turned out really tender and good.
Best steak I've had in a long time.
I'll think twice the next time I throw a good steak on the grill.
Old 09-09-2013, 10:22 AM
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Sammy, the important thing IMHO is the searing on the stove in the cast iron fry pan. Do that, then finish on the grill for the grill marks and whatever special taste your grill imparts.
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i love it this way.

i preheat my oven to 400, but i have my cast iron in there warming. gives it a huge jump-start when i need it to be rocket hot. that way, i just put it onto a flaming stovetop and it is already hot.

you ever read recipes? they all say a two minutes on each side..and into the oven..for way too little time. i need the same 8-10 minutes you do for med rare. maybe my oven is weak? 400 seems like 400. dunno.

i then slice it on the bias, fan it out,,drizzle some fresh olive oil, and add a big squeeze of lemon and serve it up family style. i cant eat an entire steak anymore.
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cooking it outside saves me the home interior that smells of steak. my hoodtop is also weak.
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Hard for me to get that good 'ole steak flavor since a stroke in '06.
Really f'd over my taste buds.
But I keep trying w/various marinades and soakings...wood chips over coals, etc.
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I buy strip & rib roasts & cut steaks from them 2 1/2 - 3" thick. Heat the ole cast iron on the grill outside on max for 10+ minutes. 650 degrees. Sear both sides for 3 minutes (I like a crust). Transfer to a thin cold pan into 400 degree preheated oven until the inserted thermometer hits 133. Pull & wrap in foil for 10 minutes. Bias slice & drizzle with 2nd pan juices. Perfect medium rare every single time. 130 would be a good rare, 137 for med well.

This is really excellent with my steak chili rub.

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"Pull & wrap in foil for 10 minutes."
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Sometimes I'll put hot steaks in tupperware...seems to make them tender/moist.
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That's the recipe for prime rib.....should work.
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Hard for me to get that good 'ole steak flavor since a stroke in '06.
Really f'd over my taste buds.
But I keep trying w/various marinades and soakings...wood chips over coals, etc.
buy skirt steak? cooked med rare..IMHO nothing taste beefier.
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I have some friends who are pretty good cooks who do them this way every time, swear by it. Always pan seared in the cast iron skillet. They are also into this current healthy diet that is just meat and veggies, little or no wheat. One guy who does this is a pretty good athlete, (tennis), he's healthy as a horse but I chalk some of that up to youth, lol. They will make a huge salad in the summer and everyone is eating that with a nice steak sliced-up in the middle of the table for anyone to grab some if they want. Great meal.

My dad alway grilled steaks on the barbie outside and they were delicious, charred on the outside and pink in the middle. Man I love a good steak, this thread is making me hungry.
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buy skirt steak? cooked med rare..IMHO nothing taste beefier.
I'll try that.
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Every once in a while I use my cast iron skillet to cook a steak on the stove. Just a touch of pepper and ground coffee. Two minutes per side depending on thickness. Nice crust on the outside and pink on the inside. The only downside is it stinks up the house for a few days.
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Do you put any oil in the cast iron skillet, or just sear it dry?

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Yes. Let the pan heat dry. Add 2 -3 tbsp oil. Add steak.

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The quick answer is NO, grilled beef is still my favorite thing!!!! I have had many steaks done that way, sometimes in very expensive restaurants....also always very good.
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The reverse sear method works well also.
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The cast iron skillet works very well for steak, salmon and pork roast. Easy to get the flavor and cooking time perfectly. I season and then coat then item in olive oil right before throwing it into a super hot skillet.
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Cast Iron pan is good for so many things. When I'm grilling and want potatoes, instead of just grilling potato slices, I'll toss some red potatoes in oil and rosemary and put them in a hot pan on the grill.

We do seared/oven finished steaks (and yes skirt steaks!) for less marbled cuts. I think the more marbled cuts do a little better on the grill.

I use the cast iron pan for seared/rare ahi almost once a week.
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The reverse sear method works well also.
What's this?...
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It's like a counter-clockwise swirl, but with a steak :--)

I've been doing Prime filets lately just get the grill as hot as I can, sear both sides, turn down flame on 1/2 the grill, move steaks to that side and finish them. Like buttah...
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