Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate love, of course, but sometimes it's way better to stay in and celebrate. Make this fancy cast iron steak dinner at home for under half the cost of a steakhouse dinner! These cast iron skillet grilled steaks are so simple to make and a perfect way to celebrate any occasion!
I already shared a super easy but stunning Valentine?s Day Date Night tablescape that you can create for a date night in this year for Valentine?s Day, but what about food? Turns out, cast iron skillet grilled steaks make the perfect date night dinner!
One of our favorite at-home meals lately has been cast iron steaks. The first time I made them, Steven was extremely skeptical. His entire life, he?d only had grilled steaks and swore by them. Of course, what he didn?t realize is that restaurants are often using a cast-iron-like pan to sear the steaks and then they are thrown in the oven to finish cooking.
I?ve mentioned before that there are some things I?ve always thought were too difficult to make at home (and to be as good as the restaurant version) like salmon or souffl?s but once I tried making them at home, I realized it?s not so bad. ?Grilling? steaks on a cast iron pan is actually easier than I imagined. Cast iron skillet grilled steaks really is the way to cook steaks at home!
The secret is, you can use that exact same restaurant technique at home with the same results. Of course, it is always key that you have quality meat first. One thing (among many) that I love about our local grocery store, Fry?s, is that they always have high quality meat in the butcher section. I was able to pick up two filets for under $20. Once I added in the other ingredients I needed to make my creamy mushroom risotto and some bread, the bill was still below $60!
A $60 one-time dinner may seem pricey, but when you compare it to the prices you?d pay at a steakhouse, it?s quite the steal. Plus, my creamy mushroom risotto recipe leaves a ton of leftovers, so you?re really getting more bang for your buck than just one meal.
If you have ever wanted to try to make your own steak at home, you have to try it on a cast iron. It?s so easy to make and you can customize the final temperatures just the way you and your sweetheart like your steaks. Special instructions in the notes for how to adjust the timing of your cast iron skillet grilled steaks for various temperature preferences.
Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Steaks
These simple, yet fancy cast iron steaks are a perfect way to celebrate your special someone on Valentine's Day.
- Two 1-inch filet mignons (or other high-quality cut steaks)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted recommended
- Another grilling seasoning (optional)
- Place a cast iron skillet in oven
- Preheat oven to 420 with skillet in oven
- Generously season steaks with salt, pepper and grilling spices
- Once the oven is preheated, take skillet out and place on stovetop over medium heat
- Add two tablespoons of butter
- Immediately once butter is melted, place steaks onto pan and start timer for 5 minutes. Do not move steaks!!
- Once timer is complete, use tongs to flip steaks over and put pan into preheated oven
- Allow the steaks to cook for another 5 minutes
- Remove pan from oven and let meat rest for 3 minutes before cutting into it
*Five minutes on each side will cook steak to about medium rare. Add one minute extra on each side for every temperature increase (ex. 6 minutes for medium, 7 for medium well).
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g
Now you have it, perfectly delicious cast iron skillet ?grilled? steaks at home!
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