Learn how to make restaurant-style New York Strip Steak at home using this straightforward recipe. Perfectly seared with herby, garlicky butter in the iron skillet, it is finished in the oven and served warm.
What is New York steak?
Also known as New York strip steak or strip loin steak, New York steak is one of the least-used cow muscles, which makes it tender, rare, and expensive. It is cut from the smaller end of the tenderloin and is so soft that you can cut into it like butter. Because of its exquisite and delicate nature, it is associated with fancy cooking.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Quick. Like a hanger steak, this recipe is quick to cook.
- Tasty. The perfectly cooked tender meat melts in your mouth, and you get lost in the rich herby garlic butter-coated bites.
- Fancy. Like filet mignon or tomahawk steak, this dish is perfect for a fancy date night. Serve it with a glass of red wine and earn brownie points with your partner!
What I love the most about this recipe is how deceptively simple this dish is. You only need a few good-quality ingredients and the best filet mignon to make this fancy plate.
You need aromatics, fat, seasonings, and filet mignon to make this classic French preparation. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Strip loin steak. Opt for smaller cuts of this steak for this recipe.
- Butter. Butter makes everything better! Use it to baste and cook filets.
- Garlic. You cannot go wrong with the garlic and butter combination. Use fresh, whole garlic so that the flavor steeps into the butter. It works well with veggies, proteins, bread, and seafood.
- Herbs. I have used fresh rosemary and thyme to flavor the butter. You could use your favorite herbs for this step.
- Salt. To taste.
- Pepper. For seasoning.
- Olive oil. The mixture of butter and oil prevents the butter from burning.
How to cook New York strip steak
It is an absolute privilege to cook with this fine cut of meat. Follow these five simple steps to cook the perfect strip loin every time.
Step 1- Season the steak
Rub the steak generously with salt and pepper on both sides and let it sit at room temperature for half an hour. After prepping the filets, preheat the oven to 200°C.
Step 2- Make garlic butter
Heat the iron skillet over high heat for roughly 3 minutes. Add fresh thyme, rosemary, and garlic cloves, and stir constantly for 2 minutes to prevent it from burning. Once the butter is infused with the aromatic flavors, add the steak to the pan.
Step 3- Pan sear the steaks
Cook the steak for three minutes on each side. Baste the filets with herby butter to flavor the steak thoroughly.
Step 4- Finish cooking in the oven
Once searing is done, transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the filet for another 6 minutes.
Step 5- Rest and serve
Once cooked, rest the meat at room temperature for 5 minutes to retain moisture. Then, take the filet off the pan and pour over the remaining juices. Season with some flaky salt and serve warm.
What to serve with strip steak
Breads work well too, and we often pair it with French bread pizza.
You can also slice the steak and use it in a steak salad.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Start with room-temperature steaks. If you start with cold steaks, the outside cooks quickly and burns while the inside remains undercooked.
- Adjust the cooking time. Depending on the thickness of the steak, your cooking time may vary. Also, cook it to your liking. If you prefer rare-cooked steak, reduce the cooking time. Alternatively, if you like a well-cooked steak, ensure the internal temperature is at 155-160°C.
- Choose the best cut. If buying from the butcher or in the supermarket, buy a bright red steak with a thickness between 1-2 inches and even edges. If buying prepacked steak, ensure no liquid is in the packet.
- Use a heavy iron skillet. The key to cooking a filet perfectly is to sear it quickly at high heat without burning. The filet retains maximum flavor and tenderness when cooked in an iron skillet.
- Avoid moving the steaks. To sear the steaks perfectly, you need them to be in prolonged contact with the hot pan. If you keep moving them, you won’t get the expected browning.
- Make a wine sauce. Deglaze your pan with red wine and vinegar, and reduce the butter sauce. Use it to glaze your steaks.
- Finish with lemon. If you don’t use vinegar in your sauce, finish the filet with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to brighten the taste profile.
- Play around with spices. Instead of fresh herbs, use dried oregano, red chili flakes, and onion powder to make the herbed butter.
To store. Store the leftover steak in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To freeze. New York steak is best frozen before cooking. I don’t recommend freezing cooked steaks.
To reheat. Reheat the steaks in the oven with water or broth at the bottom. Cover them with a lid to trap the steam. Reheating this way will prevent moisture loss, and you’ll have a juicy steak to enjoy.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Meat thermometer. The most handy tool to have to check your steak’s internal temperature without having to slice through it!
- Cast iron skillet. A good skillet will yield the perfect steak.
- Chef’s knife. To slice the cooked steak finely and evenly.
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Frequently asked questions
You can finish it in the preheated air fryer instead of the oven.
he ideal temperature varies on the doneness of the meat. If you prefer rare steak, the internal temperature should not exceed 125°F. For medium rare and medium doneness, cook till the internal temperature reaches 130 and 140°F, respectively. For medium well to well-done steak, the temperature should be 150 and 160°F.
You don’t need to marinate the steak except for the salt and pepper rub. But if you wish, you can try my 3-ingredient steak marinade for a flavor variation.
New York Strip Steak
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Season the steaks with salt and pepper on both sides. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes.
- Place a cast iron skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, butter, whole garlic cloves, rosemary, and thyme. Cook for 2-3 minutes, so the butter can be infused with the spices and garlic.
- Add the New York steaks to the pan and sear on both sides for 3 minutes each, until a crust appears on both sides.
- Place the skillet in the oven and let the steaks cook for another 6 minutes, or until desired doneness.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steaks rest for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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