Pan Fried Lemon- Garlic Rib Eye Steaks

I’m happy to return to posting recipes this week!  Giveaways are fun and all, but it’s recipes that I love to post the most.  And that’s what you’re really here for, right?  Let’s get on with it!  Today I’m sharing a recipe from The Recipe Girl Cookbook (available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound). It’s one that we like to have for dinner now and then.  Just a simple steak recipe… add a potato and a vegetable/salad, and you’re all set with an easy, family-friendly dinner:  Pan Fried Lemon- Garlic Rib Eye Steaks

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You can always make these on the grill, but the grill isn’t accessible for everyone all-year-long, and PLUS… these are fried in a little oil+butter, which is ALWAYS a good thing.  FRYING STEAKS IN BUTTER.  Yes, that’s a good thing.

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These babies are simply marinated.  Simple:  Garlic Rub + Olive Oil + Pepper + Chopped, Fresh Oregano.  That’s totally it.  Wrap them up in plastic wrap and let them sit for an hour at room temperature (because steaks cook more evenly at room temperature).  Just before cooking, you’ll sprinkle some chunky kosher salt on them.

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The steaks are fried in half butter and half olive oil…

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…and when you flip them, you’ll add a half lemon to the pan so it can get all nice and soft and slightly caramelized.

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When the steaks come off the pan, let ‘em “rest” for a while before serving, and squeeze that pan-fried lemon juice on top.

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Ready to serve to your hungry family… or partner… or romantic date or whoever.  This recipe is designed for two- but go ahead and mess with it and double or triple it, as needed!  If you check out the recipe below, you will notice that I include all kinds of tips in the recipe- for changing things up or just things to keep in mind to make the recipe the best that it can be.  I include these kinds of tips for every single one of the 195 recipes in my cookbook!

So there you have it… another recipe from my BRAND-NEW COOKBOOK! > The Recipe Girl Cookbook.  If you have it, I hope you are loving it, and if you don’t have it yet, you can order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Indie Bound or visit your local bookstore to see if they are carrying it (and if they’re not, please ask them to get it in stock!)

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Pan Fried Lemon- Garlic Rib Eye Steaks

Yield: 2 steaks

Prep Time: 25 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 5 min

For best results, search high and low for some good quality rib-eye steaks (good quality meat can make a big difference in the resulting flavor).


Two 8-ounce rib eye steaks, trimmed of excess fat
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, divided
1 tablespoon salted butter
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 medium lemon


1. Rub both sides of the steaks with the split garlic halves. Coat both sides of the steaks with a generous sprinkle of pepper. Coat each steak with 1/2 tablespoon oil and press on 1/2 tablespoon of the oregano. Wrap the steaks in plastic wrap and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour (see tips).

2. Preheat a large skillet to medium-heat. Add the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Remove the steaks from the plastic wrap and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon salt. Add the steaks to the hot pan and cook 2 minutes on the first side, or until they are seared a nice, deep brown. Turn the steaks over and add the lemon to the pan, cut-side-down. Turn heat to medium-low and cook for 2 1/2 minutes more, or until the steaks become browned on the bottom. Your steaks will be medium rare at this point. Add a little more cooking time if you prefer your steak more well-done. Remove the steaks to the cutting board and let them rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Squeeze the pan-fried lemon over the two steaks. Serve immediately.


*To make this recipe dairy-free, leave out the butter and use all olive oil instead.
*Cooking a steak at room temperature will allow for it to cook more evenly and quickly.
*You'll get a better result in pan-frying your steaks if you avoid using a nonstick skillet. The steaks will brown more nicely and hold a better texture if you opt for a stainless steel or cast-iron skillet.
MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Wrap the steaks in plastic wrap and let them marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or up to 1 day. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
USING THE GRILL INSTEAD: Preheat your grill to medium and grill the steaks 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Grill the lemon cut-side-down.

THERE’S MORE! 6 of my blogging friends are celebrating The Recipe Girl Cookbook this week too!  They’re each sharing a recipe from the book + a giveaway for a KitchenAid Blender and a Recipe Girl Cookbook.  Be sure to check them out!  THANKS A BUNCH TO KITCHENAID FOR PARTNERING WITH RECIPEGIRL THIS WEEK and LAST FOR THE CELEBRATION!

And here are the recipes that were featured last week!

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32 Responses to “Pan Fried Lemon- Garlic Rib Eye Steaks”

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    Tieghan — April 22, 2013 @ 5:56 AM

    You cookbook is so awesome! All the recipes look and sound delicious! My family is going to love me when I make these steaks!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 22, 2013 @ 6:49 AM

    Sounds amazing! I always forget about the option of pan-frying steaks. These sound so flavorful and delicious!! :)

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    marcie@flavor the moments — April 22, 2013 @ 7:11 AM

    Nothin’ like a rib eye, especially pan fried in all of that goodness! Amazing!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — April 22, 2013 @ 7:21 AM

    I have some steaks that I wanted to try something new with – this looks the way to go. Think I will make it tonight with a hominy side dish!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 22, 2013 @ 7:48 AM

    That caramelized lemon! Yum.

    The only opportunity we have to grill involves 30 minutes of walking + a bus ride with our grill in hand so I appreciate this recipe. It looks awesome. Thank you!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — April 22, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

    This looks SOOOO good. I’m obsessed with adding citrus to everything & can’t for the life of me figure out why I’ve never tried it on steak!!! Must try. :) Congrats on the book!!

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    Cookbook Queen — April 22, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

    These look so great!! Jon David LOVES steak, I need to make this for him soon!!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 22, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

    Wow! This is a sight to behold! Beautiful!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — April 22, 2013 @ 1:23 PM

    I looooove a good steak and this one looks pretty spectacular. I also love to cook steaks up in butter. Or, if I’m cooking them on the grill, I’ll finish them off with a pad of butter while they rest. I’ve already had lunch, but now I am hungry again…

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 22, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

    These look SO stinkin’ scrumptious, Lori! Amazing flavor!

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    Holiday Baker Man — April 22, 2013 @ 4:09 PM


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    Laura in Texas — April 22, 2013 @ 4:21 PM

    This is similar to our go to celebration recipe called Grecian rib-eyes. At the end, we top the steaks with lemon juice, feta and chopped black Kalimantan olives and bliss out!!

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    sara — April 22, 2013 @ 5:35 PM

    Hi there! This steak looks WONDERFUL…so yum. :)
    Also, wanted to let you know I tried your barbecue-sauced shrimp w orzo last night for dinner…actually, I used chicken meatballs in place of the shrimp…it was awesome! Easy and delicious, and a great use of some of the zucchini we got in our CSA box. Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 22, 2013 @ 6:06 PM

    Great option for pan-frying steaks. We tend to get stuck in a rut with always cooking steak the same way so it is nice to get a new idea! Thanks!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 22, 2013 @ 6:31 PM

    Okay, that looks amazing! I am so craving a steak right now!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 22, 2013 @ 10:13 PM

    I love how simple this is, yet it looks so flavorful at the same time!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 23, 2013 @ 5:04 AM

    Hmmm, I have never cooked a steak in or on the stove! I wonder how my Husband would like that? He is one man that Loves his ribeye! Great recipe!

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    dottie s — April 23, 2013 @ 6:09 AM

    ummm sounds soooo good. Gotta try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    great web site; found it thru pioneer woman. love her tooooooooo

    from wv

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 23, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    This recipe is amazing! I love steak, especially when garlic is involved :) yum!

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    Amanda — April 23, 2013 @ 9:56 AM

    This steak looks so wonderful. Definitely the next steak we make! :)

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 23, 2013 @ 1:35 PM

    Oh goodness these steaks look incredible! I cant wait to make them for my hubs soon! :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 23, 2013 @ 2:14 PM

    Love all the lemon with the steaks, what great flavor!

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    jeny — April 23, 2013 @ 7:16 PM

    Oh My! Thanks so much for starting back with this yummy one.
    And this looks a lot more easy than I thought it would be.

    The photos help me visualize the steps. You’re the greatest.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 24, 2013 @ 5:08 AM

    Oh, Lori…your Pan-Fried Lemon & Garlic Steak looks divine! Definitely making this! Pinning…

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 24, 2013 @ 7:21 AM

    Love the addition of tangy citrus to steak! This looks fantastic, Lori!

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    Debbie — April 25, 2013 @ 4:30 PM

    Yum! Just made this for dinner. This was great and easy!

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    Maggie Wallace — April 29, 2013 @ 5:48 AM

    Looks so yummy! I would so like to try this!

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    Kenyarda — May 6, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

    Do you think this would taste ok with a leaner steak? Filet?

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    Lori Lange — May 7, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

    Probably! Just watch the timing for desired doneness.

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    Marthinus — January 21, 2014 @ 5:19 AM

    Did anyone actually try this, or does it just “look good” to everyone?

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    Lori Lange — January 21, 2014 @ 7:38 AM

    I’ve made it several times before publishing in my cookbook. Looks like one of the commenters made it and liked it.

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    Jessy — August 15, 2014 @ 9:42 AM

    Made this last night with roasted red potatoes. One of the best steaks I’ve had!! My 23 month old son polished his plate then went over to my husband’s plate & ate some of his food lol it was so juicy & tender. Trying this tonight with pork chops. Thanks for sharing!