How to Cook Rib Eye Steak in a Frying Pan

Christine Albury

Learn how to cook rib eye steak in a frying pan with this simple recipe from Martha Stewart

Ribeye steak is one of the most delicious steaks out there. Sold bone-in and nicely marbled throughout, it's incredibly juicy and absolutely full of flavor. It looks great on your plate and has a wonderful tenderness that's simply mouthwatering!

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Tips for cooking perfect rib eye steak in a frying pan

Even if you like your steak rare, we recommend cooking ribeye to at least medium-rare, or preferably medium. This is because it is so thoroughly marbled with fat, which won't be cooked properly if the steak is still rare. When cooked to medium, the fat will render down and add loads of lovely flavor to the meat. Incidentally, the 'eye' of fat in the middle of the steak is what gives it its name!

When you are cooking steaks according to the recipe below, be sure to keep some room between them. If you don't have a big enough pan to do that, it's better to cook them one at a time. This will make sure that - instead of 'steaming' - they will sear nicely and a good crust will develop. 

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Try to avoid turning the steaks more than once - it makes it very hard to pay attention to timing. And DEFINITELY don't press down on the steaks as they cook, as this will squeeze out some of the juices.

Why should you always rest your steak after cooking?

Any good recipe will tell you to rest the steak before slicing it. But why?

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Well, when the meat is resting all those lovely juices inside are redistributing. If you cut into the steak before this has has a chance to happen, the juices will run all over your cutting board instead, leaving you with a dry and rather uninteresting piece of meat!

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What to serve with your rib eye steak

There are lots of wonderful ways to serve steak.
You can keep it simple by pairing it with some tasty homemade fries, mushrooms and onion rings. It tastes amazing with fresh salsa, potato salad or some healthy roasted vegetables.

How to Cook Rib Eye Steak in a Frying Pan

      2 Servings


  • 2 Ribeye Steaks, bone in, around 1 lb each
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic


  1. Before you start, use a piece of paper towel to pat both steaks dry, then season them well with salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle half the rosemary over the top of the steaks, pressing it into the meat so it sticks. 
  3. Cover the steak and allow to come to room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large, cast iron skillet over a medium heat and add the garlic cloves and the oil.
  5. When the oil is hot (but not smoking), push the garlic to side of the pan and add the steaks, with the rosemary facing up.
  6. Cook for around 5 mins, until a crust forms on the bottom of the steaks.
  7. Turn them carefully and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes for medium rare. Remove the garlic if it starts getting too brown.
  8. Allow the steaks to rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
  9. Whilst the steak is resting, add the rest of the rosemary to the pan. As soon as it starts to sizzle, stir it to coat it with oil. Then spoon the rosemary and oil over the cooked steaks.
  10. Slice the steaks, cutting them diagonally, parallel to the bone.
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: Martha Stewart
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 104
Calories 123

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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