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(An Epic) Cast Iron Ribeye Steak Recipe

By January 10, 2023Recipes
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I’m having a hard time writing this recipe, because I keep drooling on the keyboard. See, I made this cast iron ribeye steak for lunch today, and looking at the pictures is triggering a (rather unsightly and definitely unexpected) Pavlovian reflex.

I apologize for the mess. Still, I’ll carry on for your sake, as you’re going to want to make this steak ASAP. It’s that good.

Cast Iron Ribeye Steak Recipe

Two special things you will need for this cast iron ribeye steak recipe:

Why avocado oil? Avocado oil has a smoke point of 520 degrees, and as such, is the only oil high in omega-3s that will stand up to the searing in this recipe. Healthy oils with a lower smoke point, such as extra virgin olive oil (320 degrees) and coconut oil (350 degrees) would oxidize at these temperatures (and smoke up your kitchen).

(An Epic) Cast Iron Ribeye Steak Recipe

This simple recipe will surprise you with it's flavor, and leave you wanting to make it again and again.

Category Dinner, Lunch, Paleo
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jon Gilson


  • 16 oz boneless ribeye steak
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Avocado oil
  • Asparagus



  1. Put an empty cast iron pan in the oven, and pre-heat it to 500 degrees. The idea is to get the pan really, really hot (and this will help).

  2. Sprinkle your steak with a generous portion of salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Rub a bit of avocado oil over the salt and pepper, coating the steak until it is shiny.

Cooking the Ribeye:

  1. Once the oven (and skillet) reach 500 degrees, remove the skillet from the oven. Don't turn the oven off.
  2. Put the skillet on high heat on the stovetop.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of avocado oil to the skillet.
  4. Sear the ribeye for 60 seconds, flip, and sear for an additional 60 seconds. This will form a beautiful (and very tasty) crust.
  5. Immediately place the entire pan, ribeye and all, back in the 500-degree oven for 2 minutes. If the ribeye is thicker than 1", flip and roast for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the ribeye from the skillet and put it on a plate to "rest" for 3-4 minutes.

Cooking the Asparagus:

  1. Put the hot skillet back on the stovetop, and set to medium heat.
  2. Add a few tablespoons of avocado oil.
  3. Add your asparagus, making a single layer that covers the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook 2 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

Serving the Meal:

  1. While the asparagus finishes, slice the ribeye, making sure to cut against the natural grain of the steak.
  2. Arrange artfully on the plate, and add the asparagus directly from the pan.
  3. Serve to your family, friends, or (if you're smart) just yourself.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.