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Skillet New York Strip Steak Recipe: Perfect for Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Cooking a perfect New York strip steak in a skillet is easier than you might think. With a few simple steps, you can achieve a steakhouse-quality meal right at home.

Start by preheating your skillet to get that delicious crust. Season your steak early and make sure it’s at room temperature before cooking. Flip your steak every two minutes to ensure even cooking and use a thermometer to get the perfect doneness.

In just about 15 minutes, you’ll have a juicy, flavorful steak ready to serve. Pair it with classic sides like creamed spinach or a baked potato for a complete meal. Enjoy the satisfaction of a restaurant-quality steak without leaving your kitchen!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For a delicious skillet New York strip steak, here are the exact ingredients you need and possible substitutes:

Primary Ingredients:

  • New York Strip Steaks: Look for steaks that are 1 to 1.5 inches thick.
  • Salt and Pepper: Use sea salt and fresh ground pepper for the best flavor.

For the Pan:

  • 2 Tbsp Oil: Canola or vegetable oil works well. Substitute with avocado oil or grapeseed oil for a higher smoke point.
  • 2 Tbsp Butter: Adds richness. Feel free to use ghee or margarine if preferred.

Aromatics and Seasoning:

  • 4 Garlic Cloves: Crushed. Substitute with 1 tsp garlic powder if needed.
  • Fresh Herbs: Rosemary and thyme are classic choices. Substitute with dried herbs if fresh ones are not available; use 1 tsp dried for every 1 Tbsp fresh.
  • Extra Seasonings: Optional but recommended, like paprika or onion powder for additional flavor.

Additional Elements:

  • Olive Oil: For drizzling and rubbing on the steaks. Use any other light oil if necessary.
  • Lemon Juice: Optional, to finish. Adds a hint of acidity. Substitute with lime juice or a splash of vinegar.

Substitution Tips:

  • Herbs: If you can’t find fresh herbs, dried herbs are fine but use them sparingly.
  • Oil: Make sure the oil you use has a high smoke point, especially if you choose to sear the steak at a high temperature.

Using these ingredients and substitutes will ensure your New York strip steak turns out flavorful and perfectly cooked.


  1. Prepare the Steaks
    Take your New York strip steaks out of the fridge. Let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. This helps them cook evenly.

  2. Season Generously
    Pat the steaks dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper. You can add garlic and herbs if you like.

  3. Preheat the Skillet
    Place a large heavy skillet on the stove. Heat it over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Add two tablespoons of oil and wait until it begins to smoke slightly.

  4. Sear the Edges
    Hold the steaks with tongs and press the fatty edges into the skillet. Render the fat for about 30 seconds.

  5. Cook the Steaks
    Place the steaks flat in the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes without moving them. Flip the steaks and reduce the heat to medium. Continue cooking, flipping every 2 minutes until they reach your desired doneness.

  6. Check Temperature
    Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For medium-rare, aim for 130-134°F. For medium, look for 135-144°F.

  7. Let Rest
    Remove the steaks from the skillet. Let them rest on a cutting board for at least 5 minutes before slicing. This keeps the juices locked in.

  8. Serve and Enjoy
    Slice the steaks against the grain. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy your meal.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Garlic Butter: Add a tablespoon of butter and minced garlic to the skillet at the end. Baste the steak with the melted butter for rich flavor.

Herb Crust: Before searing, coat your steak with a mixture of chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley.

Spicy Kick: Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper or chili flakes along with the salt and pepper for some heat.

Mushroom Sauce: Sauté mushrooms in the same skillet after cooking the steak. Add a splash of beef broth and a bit of cream for a simple sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes make a classic and comforting side dish.

Grilled Vegetables: Lightly grilled asparagus, bell peppers, or zucchini pair wonderfully with the steak.

Salad: A fresh side salad with greens, tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette adds a refreshing contrast.

Garlic Bread: Serve your steak with warm, buttery garlic bread for a delicious combination.

Red Wine: A glass of red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, complements the flavors of the New York strip steak.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.