Easy New York Steak on the Stove

We enjoy charcoal grilled steak – or burgers – but sometimes it’s just too much of a hassle to get the Weber fired up for only cooking a steak. Our reliable fallback method is to simply cook the steak on our gas stovetop. Here’s our easy method for cooking a delicious steak on the stove – along with a couple of side dishes. Cooking should take you about 15-20 minutes.

We usually buy a 1 lb New York steak which we will split into two portions. It’s important to take the steak out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to let it come up to room temperature. Here’s a NY steak – seasoned and resting to warm up a bit:

New York Steak

To cook the steak, I like to use the 3-3-2-2 method popularized by Rob Leavitt. Heat the pan using medium-high heat. Cook the steak 3 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook 3 minutes on the other side. Then flip again to cook for 2 minutes and a final flip to cook for 2 minutes. Check the steak with a meat thermometer to be sure it’s at your desired doneness level – then remove it from the pan to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. You can then either cut the steak into two pieces – or – slice it and serve all of the slices communally on a plate.

We like to either sauté fresh baby spinach or cook a russet potato in the microwave to accompany our steak. Sometimes we even have both!

Sautéed spinach is easy: in a large skillet heat a bit of olive oil and then toss in the spinach. We typically use a half of one of the large baby spinach containers for dinner for two. While the spinach is sautéing, add in a touch of minced garlic and a splash of lemon juice. I usually start the spinach sautéing a minute or two after firing the steak.

A baked potato cooks in about six minutes on high in our microwave. Poke a few holes in the potato and wrap it in a paper towel before putting in it a cereal bowl and then into the microwave.

[Originally posted: May 14, 2021]