New York strip steak is shockingly good. It’s nice and tender and it has a marvelous fatty edge and a beefy flavor.


Every time you order a steak at a fine steakhouse. It’s always perfect: a thick, wonderful crust on the surface, incredibly juicy medium-rare meat on the inside.


How do we manage to do it? We decided to give you tips and tricks on how to make the perfect NY strip steak.

Cooking the steak in two phases is the key. You start by searing it in a very hot cast-iron skillet. After that, you finish it in the oven. That’s how restaurants do it, and it’s how you should do it at home for perfect (or almost perfect) results.


  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Heat a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking hot, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of the steak with kosher salt and black pepper.
  4. Place the steak in the hot skillet. Cook, without moving, for 2 minutes on each side. This will create a nice crust. Then cook the fat strip for 30 more seconds.
  5. Using oven mitts, transfer the skillet to the hot oven. Roast the steak to medium-rare, 3-4 minutes. For medium, roast for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Place the steak on a plate. Loosely cover it with foil. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes, then top it with butter and serve.


  1. BEST pan for cooking steak in a cast-iron pan because it gets extremely hot and stays super-hot. It’s the best way to ensure you get that wonderful crust on your steak.
  2. Steaks are minimally seasoned with just salt and black pepper. Having said that, if you feel like adding spices (such as garlic powder and smoked paprika), you could. Just keep in mind that they’ll char in the hot cast iron skillet, so you’ll likely end up with blackened steak.
  3. If you use a cast-iron pen do not use oil. It’s absolutely nonstick once it’s been well-seasoned. Add a fat that can tolerate high-heat cooking, such as avocado oil or ghee, to any other skillet.
  4. Do not use frozen steak right away. Let it rest for the night in the fridge, then use it.


You can come every time you want to Rakija Grill, taste our NY strip steak, and get more tips and tricks on how to.

2022-05-27T11:44:46+00:00May 27th, 2022|Balkan Food, Barbecue|0 Comments
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