How To Cook T-bone Steak In The Oven Without Skillet?

T-bone is a thin slice of meat crosscut from the short loins of a cow. It has a T-shaped structure with two different steaks attached to its bone. It is generally preferred to sear the t-bone steak before cooking; however, there are cases where your skillet gets rusted or is unavailable.

From an incredible recipe, step-by-step cooking instructions, how long it would take to cook a T-bone steak, tips for cooking, how to check the degree of doneness, how to cut the cooked T-bone steak off the bone, and what to serve alongside the cooked T-bone steak, we bring you the best from our end.

Read along for the perfect process to achieve a tasty, juicy, cooked T-bone steak without a skillet.

How To Cook T-Bone Steak In The Oven Without A Skillet

T-bone steak is a high-quality cut of meat with excess flavor. However, it has the hitch of being expensive, but the flavor and quality are benefits that outweigh the price.

Cooking a T-bone steak in the oven without a skillet involves broiling. Broiling is a dry heat process that involves exposing the steak to direct heat. It is a quick and easy process that allows for added smoky flavor by cooking the fats, creating a crispy exterior with the juices trapped inside. Here are the steps for the best broiling process:

  • Lightly brush your aluminum foil (using parchment paper isn’t ideal as it is prone to get burned) and line the broiler with it. The oiling method prevents the steak from sticking to the foil.
  • Properly place the rack into the oven close to the heating element for a quick cooking process. However, ensure that the top of the steak is kept about 3 inches away from the heat.
  • Prepare the oven and set the temperature to 5 minutes before cooking. The older models of ovens have a low or high heat setting, but the modern or new ones have a “vari-broil” feature. The vari-broil feature allows for broiling at low temperatures (ranging from 1–5 minutes) and regulates the pace at which your steak broils.
  • Place your broiled T-bone steak on a broiler pan lined with foil. Allow boiling until the exterior is golden brown. Toss it at the halfway point of cooking to ensure an even cooking process.
  • Remove the steak from the oven when the cooking time is complete or when you get to the desired doneness level.
  • Then, allow the steak to rest for another 5 minutes before serving.

How Long Does It Take To Cook T-Bone Steak In The Oven Without A Skillet?

The cooking time for your T-bone steak is affected by the size of the steak, the internal temperature, and individual doneness preferences. Some like their steaks rarely done, some are of the medium-done variety, and others love their steaks well-cooked.

Whichever way, the temperature and time guide chart below allows a better understanding of how long it would take to cook your T-bone steak in the oven based on the preferred degree of doneness and color indication.

Size of T-bone steakThe preferred degree of donenessCooking time (in minutes)Internal temperature levelColor indication
ThinRare5-8125°FStill red
Medium rare5-10130°FRed to pink
Medium well12-15145°FSlightly pink
Well cooked15-20160°FLittle or no pink
ThickRare12-16130°FWarm red
Medium rare15-20135°FCool red to pink
Medium16-20140°FWarm pink
Medium well18-20155°FLittle pink
Well cooked20-25165°FNo red or pink

Note: the above chart is an accurate estimate if using a new oven but unreliable if it’s old.

Tips For Cooking T-Bone Steak In The Oven Without A Skillet

In addition to the cooking instructions, here are a few helpful tips to follow when cooking a T-bone steak in the oven without a skillet:

  • Your steak should be about 1 inch. However, if it is thinner than that, minimize the cooking time and ensure to check the steak to prevent overcooking frequently. Also, choose steaks with low amounts of fat at the edges and on the inside.
  • Remove the steak from the refrigerator. This is to bring your steak to room temperature for about 20 minutes before cooking.
  • Roiling or searing your t-bone steak is an important process that allows much flavor and juiciness.
  • With any seasoning of your choice, thoroughly season the T-bone steak before cooking. This is the only time you get to season it.
  • As we discussed earlier, the right cooking time determines the doneness of your T-bone steaks when cooking.
  • Monitor the internal temperature. There are two ways to check the internal temperature of the T-bone steak to ensure proper cooking:
  • Using a meat thermometer: this measuring device allows you to detect the temperature at which the steak is cooking (check the temperature guide). Stick the thermometer into a thick part of the T-bone steak and allow it to read the temperature.
  • The finger test process is just as accurate as a meat thermometer. Place your thumb and forefinger on a fleshy part of the t-bone steak. It has reached the doneness level if it is tender and bounces. However, if it doesn’t feel soft, allow it to cook until the set temperature is reached.
  • Using a pairing knife, slice through the T-bone steak and check for the color indication based on your desired preference.
  • After cooking, allow the cooked T-bone steak to rest for 15 minutes. This helps the steak absorb the juices perfectly with even distribution. If you cut immediately, the juices tend to leak out, leaving you with a strong, reduced-flavor steak.

Cooking T-Bone Steak Recipe And Cooking Instructions

Cook a T-bone steak in 30 minutes with our amazing recipe and understandable cooking instructions, using a steak 2-3 inches thick.


  • 2 T-bone steaks, 2-3 inches thick (14-16 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (any preferred neutral oil; olive oil is our favorite)
  • 2 tablespoons of seasoning (we prefer to use Italian seasoning)
  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley for garnish (optional; chopped flat-leaf Italian variety) 
  • 1 tablespoon black or white pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (we recommend kosher salt or freshly cracked sea salt; it is optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients: add the garlic powder, pepper, salt, seasoning, and smoked paprika to a mixing bowl. 
  • Remove the t-bone steak from the fridge, bring it to room temperature, and set it on a cooking board about 20 minutes before the cooking time.
  • Prepare the oven and preheat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the T-bone steak dry with a paper towel (it is not ideal to use parchment paper).
  • Brush the T-bone steaks with oil on every side.
  • Season the oiled steaks thoroughly with the preferred steak blend, rub, or seasonings.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (ensure the sheet is rimmed).
  • Place the seasoned T-bone steaks on the top shelf of the oven, 6 inches from the heating element.
  • Broil for 5 to 8 minutes or until they develop a brown crust. If you’re broiling a thick steak, flip it and allow it to broil for another 6 minutes. If the steaks are thin, broil for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Then, allow cooking for about 6–8 minutes, tossing once halfway through the cooking time or until the steak’s internal temperature reaches about 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit below the set temperature (depending on the desired level of doneness; check the temperature guide for more).
  • Once the T-bone steaks are done, remove them from the oven.
  • Afterward, place the cooked T-bone steaks on a cooking board and loosely wrap the cooked steaks with aluminum foil. You can drizzle the steak with butter to add more flavor and juice.
  • Allow for about 8 or 10 minutes of rest.
  • Finally, cut the steaks and serve them in sliced or full pieces with your desired side dish, steak rub, or sauce.

Is It Necessary To Marinate A T-Bone Steak?

No, marinating your T-bone steak is based on preference. T-bone steaks are a tasty and premium quality cut of meat that does not need to be tenderized. However, it isn’t a compulsory process, but most cuts of meat are tastier and juicier when marinated.

Marinades allow for extra flavor and juice distribution, and the longer they are used, the juicier the meat. 

How To Cut My T-Bone Steak Off The Bone After Cooking

Cutting your T-bone steak off the bone is easy and requires simple and easy-to-use equipment: a sharp knife. Start by removing the bone from the center. Then, run the knife perpendicular or horizontal direction from the steak bone.

To get creative with the plating, slice the steak, but ensure that you do not alter the original shape. 

What Can I Serve With My Cooked T-Bone Steak?

You deserve the best dinner menu with a classic side dish and steak sauce. We recommend that you serve your cooked T-bone steaks with these 10 best side dishes and 6 of our favorite steak sauces:

  • Creamy Vegetable Salad 
  • Cacio e Pepe Potato Gnocchi
  • Grilled green beans
  • Classic French Fries
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Creamed Mac & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Tomato Skillet with Cheese
  • Roasted Carrots
  • Couscous

For your DIY or ready-made steak sauces, here are our favorites: barbecue sauce, balsamic herb sauce, burgundy mushroom sauce, creamy, spicy sauce, red wine sauce, and blue cheese sauce. 


Cooking a T-bone steak without a skillet is easy; all you need to do is broil your steak. How long it would take depends on the individual’s desired degree of doneness.

However, follow the above temperature and cooking time guide chart properly, and you’ll get the best addition to your dinner menu, served alongside the best side dishes, with the best sauces on top.

Have a yummy experience!

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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