The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Steak Is Your Oven

Michael Symon shows off how to nail this not-so-scary recipe on the Food Network Kitchen app.

February 13, 2020
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For many people, steak is one of those special occassion foods. Birthdays, promotions, Valentine's Day: any of these occassions are a solid reason for putting steak on the menu. There's a perception that special occassions call for high-stakes cooking, but if you know what you're doing and have a tried-and-true recipe to follow, focusing on the special event can be a breeze.

With that in mind, we think you should put steak on your Valentine's Day menu this year and follow Michael Symon's recipe for The Perfect Steak on the Food Network Kitchen app. Better yet, take his class for a seriously foolproof dinner.

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Michael's recipe calls for two 14-ounce ribeye steaks, which is enough for two people. Ribeye steak is one of the prime cuts of beef making it an ideal main for a special occassion meal. If you have a butcher you trust, we recommend getting your meat there, but you can also find this cut at your local grocery store. It's known for its marbling and tenderness when cooked. Lots of recipes call for grilling or broiling the meat, but Michael has found a way to make the process even easier by combining your oven and stove.

You'll start your steak in a 225 degrees F oven and cook them until rare. While the steaks are in the oven, we recommend you whip up a side to go with them. Think: simple smashed potatoes or a stovetop mac and cheese. After 15 minutes in the oven, you'll finish the steaks off by searing them in a cast iron skillet and basting them in garlic-rosemary butter. Basting steak in butter is how steakhouses get that crust on the steak we all love, says Michael. Follow Michael's lead when it comes to the basting technique and serving tips and we promise you won't go wrong.