Easy Rib Eye Steak Dinner

Thursday 18 August 2022

Rib Eye Steak 

Its not very often that I can afford to buy a really good steak to eat.  Food, especially meat, is becoming more expensive with each day that passes and steak is one of the things that is one of the more expensive items.

Occasionally though I come across  a bargain. If you get to the shops early in the day you will often find things marked down that are right on their sell by date and need to be eaten or frozen right on the day.  

Rib Eye Steak


It was just my luck one day to happen upon a bone in rib eye one day, at 30% off.  Although I wasn't planning on cooking steak that day, I snapped it up.

I knew that I could bring it home and, properly wrapped, freeze it for a future date! 

Rib Eye Steak 

I decided to cook it the other day.  It was a bone-in cap-off rib eye steak. Just the right size for two people to enjoy.  One inch thick.

I ended up with a tender and juicy, delicious rib eye steak, cooked to juicy perfection. Seasoned with fresh herbs and cooked to a golden crust with plenty of garlic and butter. 

Rib Eye Steak 

Oh boy but it was some good!!  Fancy food that I wouldn't normally eat every day. It was a real treat!

You don't have to go out to a fancy restaurant to enjoy a juicy steak dinner. You can cook one perfectly and deliciously in the comfort of your own home.   

This can be a bit intimidating to some people, but if you follow my handy tips and suggestions, there is no reason why you can't cook a delicious steak to perfection in your own home as well!

Rib Eye Steak 

It goes without saying that, if you want to enjoy a perfect steak, you have to first start out with the perfect cut of meat. 

 For panfrying, broiling or grilling, I wouldn't recommend anything less than a good quality sirloin, rib eye or filet steak. Steak that has been properly aged on the bone will give you the best flavor. 

 I also like to start with my meat being at room temperature. Take your steaks out of the fridge at least half an hour before cooking or longer if possible. Some cooks eschew seasoning the meat prior to cooking. 

Rib Eye Steak 

I am a firm believer, however, in salting the meat prior to cooking. The heat helps to seal in the salt, allowing it to penetrate and really flavor the surface of the meat. 

That old idea about the salt drawing out the moisture and meat juices doesn't really wash with me. 

 If pan frying, which is my preferred method, you want to use a really heavy skillet, heated to a hot temperature. Brush your seasoned meat with some butter, and then place it in the hot pan.  Alternately you can have a nice knob of butter ready and foaming in the hot pan.

Rib Eye Steak 

Cook for several minutes to sear the first side, and then flip over and finish searing it on the second side. 

 Don't turn your steak any more than once. Turning it over and over, is what causes the meat juices to release and your steak ends up stewing instead of frying.   

finger test for meat

I like to use the finger test when judging the doneness of my meat. It works perfectly every time. This is a simple way to judge how done your meat is. The further your thumb has to move across your hand, the more resilient the ball of muscle in your hand becomes.

Rib Eye Steak

The amount of resistance felt by your opposing finger when compared against the same finger pressed onto your meat is an excellent gauge in guessing as to how done your meat is. 

 First finger stage: for blue meat and lightly cooked fish. 
 Touch your thumb to it's opposing first finger and press the ball of your thumb with the tip of a finger of the other hand, the ball will offer no resistance. 

The surface should be seared in steak, and firm, and the beads of meat juice not yet risen to the surface. The meat is rare to almost blue when cut with a mild flavor.  

Rib Eye Steak 

Second finger stage: for rare meat. 
 Touch your second finger to your thumb and press the ball of your thumb. The ball will feel spongy. The meat should be well browned and spongy when pressed in the center. 

It should be firm at the sides and any beads of juice on the surface should be deep pink. The meat when cut is read, juicy and aromatic. 

  Third finger stage: For medium cooked meat, game or duck, or well done fish. 
 Touch your third finger to your thumb and press the ball of your thumb. The ball will feel resilient. 

The surface should be crusty brown and the meat should resist when the center is pressed. Firm at the side, the juices on the surface should be pink, and when cut the meat is juicy, deep pink and well flavored. 

Rib Eye Steak 

 Fourth finger stage: For well done meat, or poultry. 
 Touch your fourth finger to your thumb and press the ball of your thumb. The ball will feel firm. 

The surface of the meat will be crusty brown and dry and the meat will feel quite firm when touched in the centre. Beads of juice on the surface of the meat will be clear and when cut no pink juices will be visible.  

Rib Eye Steak

I like my steaks medium rare. This is something I learned not to ask for in France. It always came raw, or blue. 😖  Apparently the term medium rare takes on a whole new context on the continent! 

Anyways, I really enjoyed my steak the other day, cooked simply in the garlic and butter, with those lovely flavored herbs pressed into its surface. It was beautiful.  

I enjoyed it with some of the Broken Potatoes Recipe I shared the other day and some fresh steamed green beans.  It went down a real treat! 

Rib Eye Steak

Here are a few more steak recipes you might be interested in! 

GARLIC STEAK BITES AND POTATOES - Quick, easy and delicious, the steak is sliced and marinated in a soy/sriracha marinade while you cook the potatoes.  
This is a tiny bit spicy and a tiny bit salty. In short, incredibly tasty!!

GRILLED STEAK SANDWICHThis pub style steak sandwich is an open faced sandwich that even a lady can feel comfortable eating.  Light enough to please a delicate palate, but hearty enough to please a man, especially if you add some chips (fries) on the side!

Rib Eye Steak

Rib Eye Steak

Yield: 2
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 6 MinTotal time: 26 Min
A delicious steak, rubbed with fresh herbs and browned in butter and garlic. Perfectly cooked and delicious!


  • 1/2 pound (bone in) rib eye steak (about 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick)
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • chopped fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Remove the steak from the fridge. Pat it dry with paper towels and season it generously on both sides with salt. Leave it to sit on the counter for 30 minutes.
  2. Season with black pepper and rub the herbs into the surface of the steak on top and bottom.
  3. Place a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. (Cast iron is ideal if you have it.)
  4. Add the butter and oil, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add the steak to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on one side, or until browned on the bottom. Turn over and add the garlic to the pan.
  6. Continue to cook or a further 3 to 5 minutes longer, basting with the butter drippings. (This is easily done by tilting the pan to spoon the butter drippings.)
  7. Thicker steaks will take longer to cook. Mine was about 1 inch thick and it was perfect at 3 minutes. The steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the pan.
  8. Remove to a cutting board and leave to rest for 5 to 6 minutes before slicing and serving.
  9. Serve garnished with chopped parsley and your favorite sides.
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