How to Properly Cook Ribeye Steak in the Oven?

Ribeye Steak on the Plate

We don’t need to ask you if you like ribeye steak; we already know the answer. Because who doesn’t love a perfectly cooked ribeye? The problem is how to cook a ribeye at home to be just as good as the one you can order at a restaurant. You can do it in the oven, and you finish it in a skillet. So don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some top-notch professional advice.   

You’ll learn how to properly use the reverse sear ribeye technique that will give your ribeye steak the love it deserves. And you won’t be intimidated by a ribeye steak recipe ever again.   

Ribeye Steak Buying Guide   

Before cooking a reverse sear ribeye, the first thing you need to do is to buy a good ribeye steak. If you want to enjoy a delicious and juicy steak, you need to buy a high-grade cut of beef. We are going to help you do that with these little tips:   

Find a thick-cut: The cut of the meet should be at least 1 inch thick. And the maximum cut can be up to 2 ½ inches.   

Look for a fatty cut: You should always look for a fatty cut of meat, but not too greasy. Look for a cut with marbling fat throughout, which will make your cooked steak juicy and tender. It would be best to avoid pieces with large parts of fat or gristle running through it.  

Always ask the butcher – If you are not sure you’ll pick the proper steak, always consult with the butcher. They’ll help you find the perfect cut that won’t disappoint you.   

What Do You Need for a Good Ribeye Steak – Ingredients   

For an excellent grilled ribeye steak, you’ll need a few simple ingredients, nothing fancy, and 

nothing you can’t find at your local supermarket.   

Ribeye steak: Of course, the first thing you’ll need is a boneless steak up to 2 ½ inches thick, with marbling fat throughout.   

Steak seasoning: The meat is tasty by itself, but you should always add a few simple spices to bring out the flavor. You’ll need fresh garlic, sea salt, and a few springs of thyme.   

Compound butter: The essential for a good ribeye steak is butter, and compound butter is even better because it will add even more flavor.   

How to Cook a Reverse Sear Ribeye

The easiest way to cook a grilled ribeye is to do an oven ribeye. Believe us; it will work. This technique will not let you down, and once you master it, you’ll always prepare your meats like that. 

It would help if you never forgot to season the steak. And you’ll first want to pat the steak dry with a few paper towels. Be sure to don’t miss the sides. Smash the garlic with a knife, add sea salt and thyme. Once the seasoning is ready, press it firmly into the steak, all over it. If you are having trouble with the seasoning on the steak, you can always add a bit of oil to stick better.   

You can leave the steak to rest a bit with the seasoning and cook it. The main trick of oven ribeye is to place the steak on a cooling rack on top of an oven sheet. You need to bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes or until it’s done to your likening.   

Always let your steak rest before you continue cooking it. It needs to rest for about 15 minutes to help get the juices flowing inside.   

While the steak is resting, you should preheat the skillet. Ideally, you’ll use a cast-iron skillet. Once the skillet is hot, you need to sear both sides of your meat until a crust is formed on each side. At this point, you would want to add a good slice of butter and let it sit on the steak. Put a lid on the skillet a leave it for 1 minute for butter to melt.   

Let the steak rest for a bit, slice it on a cutting board, or serve it whole with your favorite sides. We hope that by now it’s clearer how to cook a ribeye, but we still have some additional advice to give you. 

How to Tell if a Steak Is Cooked?   

People avoid cooking steak at home because they are afraid of overcooking or undercooking their steak. Again, we have some great pointers for you so that it won’t happen.

The best and the easiest way to know if the steak is perfectly cooked is to use an instant-read thermometer. It’s a small investment, so buy it to prepare excellent steaks at home if you don’t have one.  

Depending on your likening, you’ll know your steak is ready when it hits these temperatures:   

  • Rare: 125°F   
  • Medium-rare: 135°F   
  • Medium: 145°F   
  • Medium-well: 150°F   
  • Well done: 160°F   

To hit the perfect temperature, get the steak off the heat when it’s 5 degrees away from your desired temperature because it will continue to cook for a bit while it rests. Now you almost know how to cook a ribeye. 

What to Serve with a Ribeye Steak  

Ribeye steak is best served with some simple sides like buttery mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash. It also pairs perfectly with simple butter sage gnocchi or broccolini. But you could always serve it with whatever you like the most.   

Ribeye Steak Recipe  

Now that you know how easy it is to cook an oven ribeye at home, we’ll share with you a more detailed ribeye steak recipe for two people.  

You should be patient because a perfect steak is cooked low and slow.   

You’ll need:  

  • 2 boneless ribeye steaks 2” thick  
  • 8 cloves of fresh garlic 
  • 8 springs of thyme  
  • Generous amount of sea salt  
  • 2 generous slices of compound butter  


Before cooking your steak, leave it at room temperature for about 30 minutes.   

Preheat the oven to 275°F. While the oven is heating, you’ll want to season the steak with peeled and smashed garlic, thyme, and sea salt.   

You should place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and lay the seasoned steak onto it. Cook the steak in the oven on the middle rack for about 45 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steak. If it’s thinner than 2”, it should be cooked in less than 45 minutes.   

Remove the steak from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes, covered with foil, while you heat the cast-iron skillet.   

Once the skillet is smoking hot, put the steak in and sear it for about 3 to 6 minutes, depending on how well you want your steak to be and the thickness of the meat.   

With the thermometer, check the temperature, turn off the stove, add a few slices of butter on each steak, and leave the butter to rest for 1 minute.   

Transfer the steak from the pan to a cutting board, and leave it to rest for a few minutes. You can serve it like that or cut it. When cutting, be sure to do it against the grain.   

Serve with your favorite sides, and enjoy.   


Now you know how to prepare the most amazing and the easiest steak. With this straightforward recipe, you’ll never again fail with preparing your steak. And if you don’t have the time to do it, you can always visit us at Glass & Vine and enjoy our specialties. Situated in the scenic surroundings by the sea in Coconut Grove, we’re confident you’ll find our offers and atmosphere to your liking.