Easy Pan-Seared Steak Recipe

An easy pan-seared steak which is marinated in beer for an intense dry-aged flavour then seared to develop a deep crust and  basted in a garlicy herb  butter. If you’ve ever wondered,  how restaurants cook a steak so much better than a steak cooked at home, then follow this guide which reveals all of the top tips and tricks for a restaurant quality New York strip steak. This recipe will guide you through how to perfectly sear any cut of steak until cooked to your preferred doneness. Ideal for a date night to impress, served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes or oven chips.

Helpful Tips

  1. Marinating the steak in a beer of your choice gives the meat a ‘dry aged flavor’ which is absolutely delicious, this process would also work well with red wine.
  2. After removing the steak from the marinade use paper towels to pat dry. A dry surface will guarantee a better sear which adds extra flavor.
  3. Before cooking the steak preheat the pan until VERY hot.
  4. Cook the steak to your preferred doneness, searing for 1 minute on each side for rare, 2 minutes each side for medium and 4 minutes each side for well done.
  5. Use a cast iron skillet for best searing, you can also use a non-stick pan but the non-stick properties will reduce searing.


  • 2 New York Strip Steaks, approximately 8oz each
  • 1 litre Guinness
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tsp butter
  • Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place the steaks into a dish and cover with Guinness. Add ¼ tablespoon salt, 3 cloves of garlic and 2 sprigs of thyme. Allow the meat to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet on a high heat and preheat until it’s very hot then add 2 tablespoons olive oil .
  3. Cover the steaks with 1 tablepoons of olive oil then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the steaks to the pan and sear for 4-5 mins on each side.
  5. Then add the butter, garlic and thyme to the skillet.
  6. Tilt the skillet then spoon the foaming butter onto the steak, baste each side until your desired cooking.
  7. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and pour over the butter. Allow the steak to rest for at least 10 minutes then serve.

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