How to Cook Steak From Frozen

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  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop + Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Please read the note at the top of the article. This recipe seems to have great results for some people and terrible for others. I advise that you not try this for the first time using expensive steaks, and that you don’t try it for the first time when you have guests over.

IMPORTANT: There have been some comments about the hot oil/cold steaks causing a kitchen fire. Beware that this is a possibility, though it has not been my experience. The best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is to remove the pan from the heat before adding the steaks.

Note: The temperature and timing for this recipe are based on steaks that are 1-1 1/2-inch steaks that are being cooked to rare, medium-rare, or medium. If you have thicker steaks, or like yours more well done, set oven to 350°F.


  • 4 frozen steaks, 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches thick, porterhouse, ribeye or t-bone
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 275˚F.
  2. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil just to smoking point. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Add steak to skillet. Wait a moment.
  5. Return skillet to heat. Searing 90 seconds on each side or until brown crust forms.
  6. Transfer steaks to the wire rack.
  7. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  8. Transfer steaks on wire rack set over the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 18 – 30 minutes depending upon desired doneness. Check with instant-read thermometer.
  9. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.