I’m getting a hankering for steak, aren’t you? I haven’t moved into steak and mashed potatoes territory as yet, but I’m certainly ready for some butter basted pan seared ribeye with vegetables.

I really enjoy a juicy piece of ribeye. My appetite yearns for one, especially when the weather begins to turn cooler.


Butter Basted Pan Seared Ribeye by Diverse Dinners


You will need a skillet that can take high temperatures to successfully create butter basted pan seared ribeye. You should start with a hot skillet, which I achieved by heating it in the oven, but you can also heat the skillet on the stove.  The ribeye is seared on the stove, then transferred to the oven for cooking, and finally, basted with butter on the stove again. Cooking ribeye in this way gives you a nice crust on the outer layers and once you slice into the steak, you will find a juicy center, with flavor running through the entire steak.

The butter basting method is great for thick steaks. Say, 1 1/2″ thick or more, bone-in or boneless.

Many restaurants choose to cook their thick cut steaks in this way. They’re usually the most expensive cuts. By butter basting their steaks they’re applying a richness and decadence, that we all love when we go out to eat. 

Minetta Tavern, serves a côte de boeuf. It’s a big one, it serves two, and weighs approx. 26oz-28oz. At $148 it costs a pretty penny, but who can quibble at the cost of great food?! They serve this hunk of gorgeous meat accompanied with bone marrow and salad. A meat lovers delight.  

This butter basted pan seared ribeye is just 18oz, but still a seriously hearty piece of meat, truly satisfying. 18oz of steak is quite an undertaking. It can make for a great meal for two, but if you are serving guests with large appetites, you might find that two 18oz steaks will only comfortably serve three. You’ll need to use judgment on how much you will need dependent upon your guests’ appetites.

Butter basted pan seared ribeye is by no means a healthy meal, but it is oh so satisfying. Give it a try.


Butter Basted Pan Seared Ribeye by Diverse Dinners


Butter Basted Pan Seared Ribeye

Prep Time14 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lb Ribeye 1 1/2 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Optional 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Equipment & Utensils

  • Skillet
  • Oven mit - Use an oven mit when handling your skillet AT ALL TIMES
  • Aluminium foil


  • Remove ribeye from fridge to allow steak temperature to rise to room temperature, approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat skillet in oven at 450
  • Season steak with salt and pepper, according to taste, and gently press seasoning into steak.
  • Remove skillet from oven (remember to use an oven mit) and place on stove on medium heat.
  • Leave oven on at 450.
  • Add oil to skillet, and once heated add 1 tbsp butter.
  • Carefully place ribeye in skillet and sear ribeye on each side until golden, approx. 3 mins per side.
  • Flip ribeye, then return skillet to oven and cook for 4-6 minutes dependent upon desired temperature.
  • Remove skillet from oven and return to stove on low heat.
  • Add 1 tbsp butter and baste for 1-2 minutes dependent upon desired temperature.
  • Flip ribeye, and baste other side for 1-2 minutes. You may need to add another tbsp of butter, use your discretion.
  • Transfer ribeye to a board and tent with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 6 minutes.
  • Once rested, slice and serve with vegetables.


As I always rinse my meat before cooking, I make sure to remove excess water with a paper towel. Your ribeye should by dry before seasoning.