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Do you love your steaks well done? Well then, this well done steak recipe is for you! Getting a steak well done without drying it out may seem like a daunting task, but I can assure you with this recipe, you’ll nail it!

Best Well Done Steak Recipe

Simple ingredients and simple steps help you achieve the perfect well done steak temp. It’s tender and full of flavor, a surefire way to please anyone at your table who doesn’t want to see any pink in their meat.

Easy Pan Seared Steak Recipe

Steak is surprisingly easy to cook. Even if you’ve never made a steak before, or you’ve tried and had it come out with less than stellar results, you can make a steakhouse-quality well done steak temperature tonight!

Well Done Steak Dinner Ingredients

  • New York strip steak – Get the good stuff! Ask the meat department at your supermarket, or better yet, seek out a butcher and ask for at least a 1-inch thickness.
  • Fresh herbs – Thyme, sage, and rosemary add to that steakhouse touch.
  • Oil – Vegetable oil or any other oil with a high smoking point is required.
  • Garlic – Peel whole cloves…no need to slice or mince.
  • Butter – I use unsalted since we’ll be seasoning the steaks.
  • Salt and black pepper – A generous sprinkling of these on both sides of the steaks will give it that taste you crave!

How do you Cook Pan Seared Steak Well-Done Temp?

You’ll begin with patting your steaks to dry them off and then covering them with salt and pepper. Heat up your cast iron skillet with oil on medium high and when it’s hot, add those steaks. You will sear them for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, taking care to sear those edges briefly to render the fat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic, herbs, and butter, spooning the sauce onto the steaks often. When your steaks reach the ideal internal temp of steak cooked well done at 150F, take them off the heat and cover loosely for 10 minutes to let them rest. This is when they will rise to that proper well-done steak temp of 160F.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Steak Every Time

  • Start with room temperature steak. When you get the chill out of the meat, it will cook more evenly.
  • Choose top quality steaks. The reason you go to a steakhouse is to enjoy the meat in the most simple and pure of ways. That said, it’s best to splurge on the best quality New York, ribeye, or sirloin you can find.
  • Get the skillet hot first. This is what gives it that crispy brown crust and sensational flavor.
  • Keep from cutting. Do not cut the steaks right away! They need to rest or else they will lose their tender, juiciness.

What temp is well done?

Steak is cooked to well done when its internal temperature reaches at 160F.

How long do I cook a steak for well done?

Steak well done can take 12 to 14 minutes to get it just right. Always check the internal temperature and let it rest so you don’t wind up overcooking it.

How do you cook a 1 inch steak well done?

Follow this recipe and you’ll be an expert at cooking a well done steak. Put it in a cast iron pan and sear, then add butter and aromatics to make a buttery sauce to baste it with. You will cook your steak for about 5 to 6 minutes per side to achieve a well done temperature. When it’s at 150F internally, you’ve reached the correct internal temperature for steak cooked well done. Remove it to let it rest and rise to the final temperature.

How do you grill a 1-inch steak to well temp?

Put your grill at medium heat and do 10 to 12 minutes per side until it hits the 160F temperature internally. The steak will feel solid when you press it with your finger on the outside.

How to Cook Well Done Steak in a Pan?

Well done steak in a pan requires about 5 to 6 minutes per side and the spooning of sauce on top to keep basting it. It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

How long does it take to cook a steak well in a pan?

In a pan, it will be about 5 to 6 minutes per side, generally around 12 minutes total until it’s done.

How to cook steak in oven to well?

You’ll want to preheat your oven to 450F while also heating a cast iron skillet in it. Take the skillet and use it on the stove to sear the steaks, then put it all in the oven. You will cook it for 12 to 14 minutes total, taking care to flip the steaks midway.

What goes well with Steak?

Steak is one of those main dishes that can go with anything. You can choose the kind of sides that your favorite steak place serves or mix it up. We love sweet potatoes, baked potatoes loaded up, mashed potatoes, spinach (creamed or sauteed), asparagus, green beans, brussels sprouts, garlic bread, baked beans, and corn on the cob.

How to Store Steak?

Once steak has cooled, it needs to be wrapped and stored in the fridge.

How Long Does Steak Last?

Steak leftovers can be enjoyed from your fridge for the next 3 to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Steak?

Steak is handy to have for a quick meal. If you can’t eat it all, consider freezing it. It’s best to use it within 4 months though it should last about 6 months.

How to Reheat Steak Without Overcooking It?

You can reheat your steaks in the oven at 275F. I like putting a wire rack on top of a baking sheet for better circulation. You’ll put the steaks on there and heat it for about 25 minutes.

Looking for instructions for different internal steak temperatures? See below for a list of steak temps:

See below for the steak cooking chart of different meat temperatures. Cook your steak according to the times below to reach your desired steak cooking temp whether its the standard medium steak internal temp or my personal favorite of medium rare. Steak cooking times will vary depending on your method of cooking at your desired temperature.

Steak Cooking Chart

~Perfect Steak Temperature Chart~

Internal Temperature Center Color
Internal Temp
Rare Steak Cool red center 125°F / 51.6°C
Medium Rare Steak Pinkish-red center 135°F / 57.2°C
Medium Steak Pink center 145°F / 63°C
Medium Well Steak Barely pink 150°F / 65.5°C
Well Steak Brown color throughout 160°F / 71.1°C

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The Perfect Well Done Steak Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1113
Learn how to cook the perfect WELL DONE steak with this easy recipe tutorial! It can be a challenge to cook your steak just right so we made this cast iron skillet steak recipe that will teach you exactly how to cooking steak in cast iron to your desired temperature.


  • 1 lbs New York strip steak
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (or any oil with a high smoke point)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic (peeled and quartered)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh sage


  • Pat each steak dry with paper towels and liberally season each side of the steak with salt and pepper, or to taste.
  • In a cast iron skillet, heat ½ to 1tbsp of vegetable oil on medium high heat, ensuring it coats the entire pan. Once the oil is hot, transfer your steaks to the skillet .Sear the steaks on each side for about 3-4 minutes each, or until a brown crust has formed. Use tongs to render the white fat along the sides of the steak and sear the edges, for about 1-2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat from medium-high to medium and add in the butter, garlic, and herbs. Continuously spoon the butter sauce over the steaks. Continue to baste the steaks until they are about 10 degrees away from your desired temperature (they will continue to cook while they rest). For medium steak, the correct temperature is 160°F. So you can remove the steak when it reaches about 150°F and let it rest.
  • Once the steaks have reached their desired temperature, transfer them to a cutting board and loosely cover with aluminum foil. Allow the steak to rest 10 minutes before slicing. Slice the steak into ½ to 1 inch thick strips to serve. Serve with extra butter sauce.
Calories: 1113kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 1113kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 92g | Fat: 81g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 35g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 322mg | Sodium: 2566mg | Potassium: 1285mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 8mg

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Author Megan Miller

I’m a mom of two, food and wine lover, and recipe creation enthusiast. Good food brings families together. Which is why I’m devoted to sharing my best recipes that are simple enough for even the beginner cook that your family will love!

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