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Family Style Garlic Butter Steak

Garlic Butter Steak, Family Style

Garlic Butter Steak, Family Style. Learn the pan-rushing method of cooking a large steak that can be sliced and shared with the whole family, complete with melting garlic butter as a tasty finishing touch.
Course Dinner
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp soft butter
  • 4-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 lb rib eye or strip loin steak
  • kosher salt and coarse black pepper to season.


  1. First prepare the garlic butter, which you will want to do an hour or more in advance. Even the day before is perfectly fine. This garlic butter will easily keep for a week in the fridge.
  2. Heat the 3 tbsp of butter over low heat; you will not want the butter to brown at all.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté  it in the butter for just a minute or so until it softens.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool almost to room temperature.
  5. Stir it into the 1/2 cup of soft butter at room temperature until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spoon the garlic butter onto a piece if plastic wrap and wrap it loosely before gently forming it into a small log shape.
  7. Refrigerate the butter until firm, then allow it to come back to room temperature before slicing and using it.
  8. Take the thick-cut steak from the refrigerator at least a half hour before cooking it. A steak that is as close to room temperature as possible, will cook far more evenly and be more tender than a cold steak.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  10. Season the steak well on all sides with the salt and pepper and sear over high heat for a minute on each side in a preheated, oven safe pan. I use a little canola oil in the pan. I also use long tongs to hold the thick steak in place upright to sear the edges as well.
  11. Place the pan in the preheated oven for 10- 15 minutes or until the steak is cooked to your liking. This 2 inch thick steak as pictured took about 15 minutes to cook to medium well. Trust your meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the steak. (See Notes.)
  12. Turn the steak over in the pan once during the cooking time to ensure the it cooks evenly.
  13. Remove from the oven, transfer it to a cutting board and let the steak rest under a loose tent of aluminum foil for 10 minutes. (See Notes)
  14. Slice the hot steak thinly, across the grain, top with the sliced, room temperature garlic butter and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can also add herbs like rosemary and thyme to the butter for extra flavour if you like. A pinch of chili flakes or some crushed chili paste makes a great spicy version too. Add chipotle powder or chopped jalapeño peppers for a southwestern version that's delicious too. You can also prepare this recipe on an outdoor gas grill. Just have one side on high heat to sear the meat, then instead of placing in the oven, place the steak on the other side of the grill with the burner turned off. Keep the burner on the opposite side on high and close the lid for 10-15 minutes or longer until your steak is cooked to your liking. Use a meat thermometer for most accurate cooking results for steak. Internal temperature for rare is about 50 degrees C (120 to 125 degrees F), for medium rare 55 degrees C (130 to 135 degrees F) and well done should not surpass 70 degrees C (160 degrees F). It is always important to rest the steaks for 10 minutes under a loose tent of aluminum foil before serving. This allows for residual cooking and for the natural juices to settle back into the meat.