We love our pizza ovens for turning out beautifully charred, ready-in-90-seconds pizzas, but they can do much more than that. They roast veggies in no time, bake fish fillets to moist perfection and even cook steaks like a pro. Here’s our method for the latter. While cooking the meat twice may seem unusual, it’s a method used by some of the country’s oldest and best steakhouses. The blast of high heat at the beginning caramelizes the exterior; slicing the meat, basting with butter and then returning it to the oven adds flavor and moisture while it evenly cooks to your preferred level of doneness.
Meanwhile, rub the steaks all over with 1 tablespoon of the butter each, then season generously with salt and pepper.
Put a medium cast-iron skillet in the pizza oven and let it heat for 5 minutes. Place the steaks in the skillet, return the skillet to the oven and cook until there is a dark brown crust on the bottom of the steaks, 2 to 5 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook until the other side develops a dark brown crust, 2 to 5 minutes more.
Transfer the steaks to a cutting board with tongs, reserving the skillet. Holding the steaks in place with the tongs, cut 1/2-inch-thick slices crosswise. Transfer the steaks back to the skillet, pushing the slices together so they all touch. Spread 2 tablespoons of the butter on top of each steak and return to the oven.
Cook to your desired temperature, basting with the melted butter halfway through. For reference, medium rare was about 2 minutes more for us, but it may vary based on your oven's temperature.
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