How To: Cook a Bone-In THICK Steak (Stove to Oven)

Honestly, these steaks should be referred to as THICC. They were no less than 3 inches thick.

I was actually borderline scared to cook them, for fear that they would come out burnt on the outside and basically raw on the inside. But then I remembered that I got some pro tips from Pat LaFrieda, meaning the steak overlords were sending their blessings upon my home. And even more importantly, upon my steaks.

Either way, when I think of Father’s Day, I think of steak dinners. So I recreated a little steakhouse vibe at home, starting with these bone-in NY strip steaks from Pat LaFrieda. I had to let them cook for longer than normal (12-13 mins) for medium rare, but I realize this level of girth on a steak is not really normal either.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s EASY. I love an uncomplicated recipe and I decided all these babies needed was a generous helping of salt, pepper, herb butter, and a cast iron skillet.

Big thanks to Pat LaFrieda for sending these guys through! And may I remind you that this is not a sponsored post, I was not paid, I just really felt compelled to share this method with you because I could NOT find a decent recipe online. I’m sure there are plenty, but how do you know who to trust? Me. You trust ME. That’s obviously the answer here.


  • 2 thick bone-in rib eye, strip, or shell steaks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed

Herb Butter

  • 1/2 stick softened, unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 stalk of rosemary, chopped
  • Small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Cooking Thick Steaks - Stovetop to Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Let your steaks come to room temperature. No one wants a cold steak on a hot pan – talk about uneven cooking. Season liberally with the vegetable oil, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.
  3. Put together the herb butter by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Season with the salt and pepper.
  4. Heat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the pans are nice and hot, add the steaks and don’t touch for 4-5 mins. Flip once and don’t touch again for another 4 mins.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of butter and a garlic clove to each steak pan. Transfer the pans to the oven and let cook for an additional 7-10 mins. Ideally you want the meat thermometer to read 130-135 degrees for rare/medium rare, so it will depend on the thickness.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with a bit of herb butter. The aroma will make you drool on yourself. Just let the meat rest for 5 mins or so to retain the juices, then slice and serve.
  7. You’re welcome.


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