How To Cook Ribeye Steak In Oven Without a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast-iron skillets are important cooking equipment with high heat efficiency that stay hot. However, what if you do not have one and want to cook your ribeye steak? There are always other alternatives to using, and you still get the same result as a cast iron skillet.

To give you the best answers on how to cook your ribeye steak without a cast iron skillet, the cooking recipe and instructions, tips, and how to check the doneness of your steak, all you need to do is continue reading this piece.

How To Cook Ribeye Steak In The Oven Without a Cast Iron Skillet

Ribeye (also known as rib steak or rib eye) is a soft, juicy, and boneless steak cut of beef from the rib section. Before we run through the other cooking options, let’s have the recipe.

Ribeye Steak Recipe

  • 2 Ribeye steaks, 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick 
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt (Kosher or Flaky)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (extra virgin oil or olive oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves (a bit smashed)

Alternative Methods Without a Cast Iron Skillet

We bring you our favorite and most dependable methods for cooking ribeye steak in the oven without a cast iron skillet. These methods are simple and quick.

1. The Grilling Method

The grilling method is a widely used method for several kinds of steak. It is one of the most delicious methods to cook ribeye steak, as it allows for more flavor and perfect juice distribution. It requires high heat and produces a tasty, soft, and juicy steak.


  • Lubricate the grill grate and clean it with a paper towel to prevent the steak from sticking.
  • Preheat your grill to a high temperature.
  • Drizzle your rib-eye steak with oil and season with salt and pepper to give a savory crust.
  • Arrange the seasoned ribeye steak properly on the hottest part of the grill.
  • Continue the cooking process with the lid open for about 5-8 minutes.
  • After the cooking time is reached, use your tongs to flip the steak on every side for even cooking. The cooking time depends on your desired degree of doneness (we’re coming to that, follow).
  • Then, grill the other for another 5-8 minutes, or 10 minutes if you want it well done.
  • Remove the steak off the grill once the cooking time is complete or the desired doneness is reached.
  • Next, allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

2. The Oven-Baking Method

The oven-baking your steaks produces a perfectly cooked ribeye steak and does not require monitoring or flipping. It is an easy and nerve-free method of cooking your ribeye steak.


  • Preheat your oven to the desired temperature level.
  • Line and rim your baking tray or sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Season your ribeye steaks and place them on the tray.
  • Place the tray in the oven and allow it to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes (depending on your cooking preference) or until the desired level of doneness is reached.
  • Afterward, remove the steak from the oven and rest for about 10 minutes.

3. The Pan-Searing Method

This method of cooking ribeye steak is quick and allows for a crispy exterior with the juice and flavor trapped inside the meat. It also allows you to regulate the cooking time to the desired degree of doneness.


  • Oil your pan with 2 tablespoons of your desired oil.
  • Bring the pan over medium-high heat and ensure that the pan heats to an extremely hot level.
  • Brush all sides of the steak evenly with oil.
  • Season the oiled stick thoroughly on all sides.
  • Place the oiled and seasoned stick into the heated pan.
  • Allow cooking for about 4 minutes if the steak is about 1 inch thick and 6 minutes for a 1 1/2 inch thick steak.
  • Flip the steak to cook the other side. The time should be the same as used for the first side.
  • At 2 minutes below the set temperature, add the butter (with your herbs and garlic) to the pan and leave it to melt. 
  • Once it melts, use your spoon to baste the melted butter over the cooked side of the steak.
  • Afterward, remove the pan from the heat once the cooking time is complete or until the desired level of doneness is reached.
  • Next, transfer the cooked steak to a cutting board and rest for 10 minutes.

Cooking your ribeye steak in the oven without a cast iron skillet might seem odd or unusual; however, there are benefits derived, such as the fact that it is easy and helps prevent the steak from drying out by trapping the juices for added flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • Frozen ribeye steaks should be allowed to thaw completely.
  • Always bring your steaks to room temperature at least 20 minutes before the cooking time.
  • Season sticks (3-5 minutes before cooking is ideal), and do not add excess seasonings. Oil your ribeye steak before seasoning. This helps the seasoning stick thoroughly to your steak.
  • Preheat your pan and ensure your pan is extremely hot and the oil turns smoky (use an oil with a high smoke point).

Cooking Tips

  • Searing the exterior part of the steak helps to trap the juice in the steak.
  • Do not stack the steaks or overcrowd the pan while cooking. This won’t allow an even flow of heat.
  • Do not press, flip, or toss the streak while cooking.
  • Remove the steaks at about 5-10 degrees below the set temperature because even while they rest, they continue to rise.

How Do I Check The Doneness Of My Ribeye Steak

It is mandatory to know the doneness of your steak to prevent overcooking. Here is a cooking time and temperature guide we’ve worked with and got the best result.

  • For a rare steak, the cooking time for a 1-inch-thick piece is 5-8 minutes with an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit and a red color. 1 1/2-inch thick steaks cook in 12 to 16 minutes with an internal temperature of 130 oF and a cool red to pink color.
  • An inch of steak cooks for 5 to 10 minutes at 130 oF internal temperature and a red to visible pink color for medium rare.
  • An inch of steak cooks for 5 to 10 minutes at 130 oF internal temperature and a red to visible pink color for medium rare. If it’s 1 1/2 inches, it cooks for 15 to 20 minutes with an internal temperature of 135 degrees F and a cool red-to-pink color.
  • Medium (1 1/2 inches) cooks for about 16-20 minutes at an internal temperature of 140 degrees with a warm pink interior. The cooking time for 1-inch is 10 to 11 minutes with an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit and a pink color change.
  • At any set temperature, the medium well cooking time for 1-inch of steak is 12-15 minutes at 145°F internal temperature with a slightly pink color.
  • A well-cooked 1 1/2-inch steak cooks for 20 to 25 minutes with an internal temperature of 165 oF, while the cooking time for 1 inch is 15-20 minutes and has little or no red or pink color.

Cooking Techniques For Checking the Doneness Of My Ribeye Steak When Cooking

Like every other cut of meat, it is possible to overcook your steak. However, knowing at what temperature to stop the cooking process is mandatory. There are three cooking techniques for checking the doneness of your ribeye steak:

  1. The finger-test method: involves pressing on the steak with your thumb and forefinger. If it is tender and bounces, then it is done. However, if it remains tough, allow cooking for the remaining cooking time.
  1. The color-checking method: slice through the thickest part of the steak with a knife and see what color it gives, depending on your choice.
  1. The thermometer method requires using a temperature-measuring device called a cooking thermometer or meat thermometer. Insert the device into the steak and let it read (consult the temperature guide to determine the desired internal temperature of your steak).

Why Do I Need to Rest My Cooked Ribeye Steak?

It is necessary to rest your cooked steak for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Here are a few reasons for the resting time:

  • The resting process allows the steak to relax and cool.
  • It also allows the steak to trap the juices and redistribute them evenly.
  • If you cut ribeye steak right away, the juices tend to leak out, leaving you with a tough and dry cooked ribeye steak.

To rest your steak, take it off the cooking pan or grill and transfer it to a cooking board. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside for up to 10 minutes before cutting or serving.

What to Serve With Cooked Ribeye Steak?

Wondering what to compliment your cooked ribeye steak? Here are our favorite steak sides and sauces from several regions that allow for the most delicious cooked ribeye steak meal.

Side Dishes: Wedge Salad, French Fries, Creamy Mac & Cheese, Elote Salad, Roasted Carrot, Scalloped Potatoes, Lemon and Garlic Shrimp, Roasted Vegetables, Coleslaw, Lemon-Garlic Baked Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes With Cheddar And Sour Cream, Roasted Onion And Cucumber Salad, BLT Pasta Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Broccoli, Minnesota Wild Rice, Peas With Pearl Onions And Cream, Chakalaka, Zucchini Carrot Salad, and Panzanella Salad.

Steak Sauces: Chimichurri Sauce, Mole Sauce, Bordelaise Sauce, Horseradish Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, Peter Luger Sauce, Red Wine Sauce, Diane Sauce, Mustard and Peppercorn Sauce, HP Brown Sauce, Barbecue Sauce, Garlic Soy Sauce.


Ribeye steak is a cut of meat with a high amount of fat that gives the steak its flavor and soft texture. Cooking a ribeye steak without a cast iron skillet using the options discussed allows for a tasty, flavorful, tender, and juicy cooked ribeye steak. Always allow the cooked steaks to rest properly after each cooking process.

This is important so the steak can reabsorb the juices and redistribute them evenly. The side dishes and sauces can be prepared yourself (check online for the recipes and cooking processes).

Trust me; your dinner has never been this unique!

About The Author

Hi There, I'm Lisa Anderson. I'm a 30-year-old with a passion for cooking, art, and dogs (not always in that order). With a background in both cooking and writing, ShiftyChevre is a collection of my experiences with food, recipes, lifestyle, and other kitchen-related topics.

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