Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter Recipe

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter Recipe

Continuing on my journey of cooking through the popular steakhouse cuts of beef every steak lover should know. I’ve tackled the tenderloinT-bone, and now onto the ribeye.

The pan-seared ribeye steak has loads of flavor. The ribeye, also known as the delmonico or cowboy steak, tends to be a fattier cut with marbling throughout. The fat contributes to the flavor and juiciness, making it the most flavorful cut of beef I’ve prepared so far. Always buy bone-in ribeye—the bone adds flavor and contains the juices when cooking.

The blue cheese compound butter is easy to prepare and out of this world. Garlic, butter, and crumbled blue cheese melted together for the perfect steak finish. It really is phenomenal.

How to Pan-Sear Ribeye Steak

I’ve said it once so I’ll say it again. The only way to prepare steak is in a cast iron skillet. The secret lies in combining pan searing with an oven finish. This gives your steak a caramelized outside with a juicy tender inside. The oven is better at providing indirect heat while searing gives you the grilled and slightly charred edge. The other major advantage is you can cook within flavors such as garlic, butter, or fresh herbs. You can’t do this on a grill.

Pan sear ribeye steak for 2 minutes per side on the stove top in a cast iron skillet with butter, and immediately transfer to preheated oven at 415° F. I typically bake about 6 minutes for medium rare.

Today, you are the steak expert. Pan searing is the easiest and most consistent way to prepare steak. If you stick to cook times and monitor temperature carefully, your steak will always come out perfect.

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter Recipe

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter Recipe

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Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter Recipe
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  • 1 20 ounce bone-in ribeye steak
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, removed from sprig
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Blue Cheese Butter:

  • ½ stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  1. For the blue cheese butter: Soften the butter in a microwave safe bowl until malleable, 10-15 seconds. Using a fork, mash in and combine blue cheese and garlic until fully mixed. Spoon the butter onto tin foil, doing your best to reshape it to resemble a stick of butter. Roll and place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes and remove 5 minutes before serving.
  2. For the ribeye: Preheat the oven to 415° F. Remove steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking, this is to bring the steak to room temperature and ensure your cooking times are more accurate. Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the olive oil and plain butter to an oven safe cast iron skillet and turn up high, allow the skillet to become hot first. Place the ribeye face down and sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Flip the ribeye and sear for an additional 2 minutes. This will give your steak a nice seared edge.
  4. Add rosemary and then transfer your skillet directly to the oven. [WARNING] skillet may be hot, handle with oven mitts. For rare, bake for 4-5 minutes. Medium rare, 5-6 minutes. Medium, 6-7 minutes. Remember, depending on the size of the steak, the more or less time it will take. This recipe is ideal for a 20-24 ounce bone-in ribeye. Drizzle ribeye with melted rosemary butter from the skillet. This is to add rosemary flavor to the steak. Transfer ribeye from the skillet and set on a plate, top with a slice of blue cheese butter and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. This is important to bring your steak to its final serving temperature.
Temperatures for steak:
Rare: 130°F to 135°F
Medium Rare: 140°F to 145°F
Medium: 155°F to 160°F
Well Done: 165°F to 170°F



  1. Best recipe yet!!!

  2. I came across your website last week and it inspired me to buy a cast iron grill. I just finished making the rib eye steak and absolutely loved your recipe! The color inside came out a perfect medium-rare. I just wanted to say thank you and looking forward to experiencing more of your recipes.

    • Awesome Gary – Glad it worked out well for you. You are going to love your cast iron skillet. It’s such a great tool to have in the kitchen. Thanks for dropping in.

  3. I bought a small cast iron skillet with ridges. I soaked my ribeye in oil, garlic, salt and pepper. When I grilled it on top of the stove it came out perfectly ! Best steak I’ve ever made !

  4. We love this recipe. It is actually quick and easy. We have been using smaller steaks and cutting the time on the stove top to a minute thirty seconds. To make it surf and turf, we have been smoking crab legs. One day we might try some vegetables, too. Okay, probably not vegetables. Thanks for such an easy, quick, awesome steak recipe.

    • Great idea – we’ve made the filet recipe with lobster tails for surf and turf. Awesome combo! Thanks for the note and I’ll support your no vegetables clause.

  5. Sharon A. Lombard

    Why won’t it print ? Recipes from other sites print but not this one. No technical problems on my end

  6. One of the best I’ve had wife allergic to bleu cheese used Parmesan worked well thx

  7. When you say a half a stick of butter do you mean a whole stick of butter which is a half a cup? Or did you mean a half a stick?


  8. I’ve used your method twice, and I can honestly say I see no need for ever grilling a steak again. All of your timing and techniques are on point. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fantastic! Our ribeye was so delicious n juicy
    My wife n I both like blue cheese, we enjoy grilling, along with a glass of Merlot.
    Will share this recipe w/ family n friends

  10. Thanks, this is a great, simple and delicious recipe! Didn’t have blue cheese so used fresh feta with rosemary + other herbs from garden, also tasty. Husband a fan too.

  11. OMG made this tonight and my husband said I hit it out of the park. Steaks are usually his department but trusted me tonight! Thank you for the share, will definitely be in our rotation!

  12. My GOD! I want to lick the screen!
    I would like to hear your opinion about cooking an steak in a stainless steel pan? Just curiosity.

    PD: Your photos are on point (aesthetically pleasant and they let me hungry)

  13. Lou Sitta

    Hey Shawn-
    Been doing something like this for a while now, but I do the whole thing out on my gas grill… When it’s too hot here in San Diego (like now) I fire up the grill, and leave my cast iron skillet on it until its screaming hot, then flip the butter into it, give a a couple seconds to flare up, and toss in the steak. A couple minutes on each side, then add the rosemary, just turn the grill off, and put the cover down, and leave it for about 5 minutes more. Found it works best with a 1 1/2 – 2″ thick ribeye, or a single rib Prime rib. Awsome. Thanks!

  14. This is a beautful photo! I love this recipe. I love a good steak!

  15. Can I cook two steaks in the pan or should o do it one at a time?

    • If you can fit two go for it! Just note it could take more time if totally filling the cooking surface. It sure how big your ribeyes are.

  16. The timing is PERFECT with this recipe! I’d never heard of Blue Cheese Butter but I tried it anyway and my family loved it!!! This is a new favorite here. Thanks 🙂


  17. How do you prepare 4 steaks so they all finish at the same time with only one pan?

  18. Great recipe nice work keep it up

  19. Thanks for this tip — I’ve used this recipe and your filet mignon and I now use it for pretty much all steak cuts and lamb chops also. People LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I don’t red meat (ha!) but your method has the rest of the crew raving. Thanks for making me look good!

  20. OMG, you are amazing. I made this last night with two steaks for myself and my husband. He said it was the best steak he has ever tasted. I made it exactly to the recipe. I’m sure he’ll want it again tonight. Thank you for sharing this amazingly yummy recipe. It made me look like a professional chef lol.

  21. Chef Kev - Louisiana

    It’s a world class steak! I’ve been doing this for a few years and have been told by world travelers that they are embarrassed about how much they’ve paid for steaks that weren’t as good as mine. I primarily use a charcoal grill with cast iron plate over the coals but any heat source using this method will produce great results. Season the steak to your preference. I have a method for making steaks more tender but that’s for another post.

  22. Skillet steak is no mistake, it’s the best way to go!
    Your recipe is spot on

  23. so good! Don’t think we will grill another steak again, thanks for the tip!

  24. Will look for iron pan and use it! Now, I don’t know why, but I don’t like rosemary. I love the scent, which is all over my garden, but not on beef. What’s a great substitute? Basil, Mint? Thank you!

  25. Looks so delicious. I don’t really like blue cheese. What can I substitute. I see someone used parmesan, but that doesn’t do it for me.

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