Blackened Steak

Discover the unique flavor of a blackened steak and learn how it develops its characteristic black crust on the surface. In this article, we will explain the technique of blackening food and guide you through the step-by-step process of preparing a delicious blackened steak.

What Is Blackened Steak?

The term “blackened steak” refers to a cooking method known as “blackening.” This technique involves coating the steak with a blend of herbs and spices before searing it in a pan over intense heat. The outcome is a flavorful and crispy crust that develops outside the steak.

This cooking method allows the steak to retain its juiciness and tenderness on the inside and infuses it with additional flavors from the dry spice blend that coats the exterior.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Naturally, the star of the show is the steak itself. While we opted for strip steak, feel free to choose any steak that suits your preference. 

Here’s a list of other ingredients you’ll need to gather to prepare this delectable blackened steak:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Avocado Oil
  • Butter

Blackened steak seasoning ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

The Tools You’ll Need

  • Cast-Iron Pan
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Tongs
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Cooking rack

How to make Blackened Steak?

Preparing blackened steak is quite simple. Start by cooking the steak in the oven, then sear it over high heat in a cast-iron skillet. This technique produces an outer crust that appears almost burnt while ensuring the inside remains perfectly tender.

To prepare blackened steak, gather all the necessary ingredients and follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, let’s prepare the steak.

Step 2: Pat dry and salt the steak

Pat the steak dry thoroughly and season it with kosher salt. Remember to do this for both sides of the steak.

Step 3: Mix all ingredients for the blackened seasoning

In a small bowl, combine all the spices: brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Step 4: Apply the rub to the steak

Thoroughly apply the rub, covering both sides of the steak and the edges. You can gently press the rub to help them adhere better.

Step 5: Start cooking the steak in the oven

Place the seasoned steak on a cooking rack, then put it in the preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure to use the upper and lower heat system and avoid using the fan.

Cook the steak until the internal temperature reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6: Preheat the cast iron pan

Once the steak reaches a temperature of 100 degrees, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a while. Meanwhile, heat a small amount of avocado oil in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat on the stove.

Step 7: Finish cooking the steak

Transfer the steak to a hot pan, and then add butter and optionally rosemary or thyme. Allow the butter to melt, and then use a spoon to start basting the steak. Aim to do this for approximately 30 to 60 seconds per side of the steak.

While basting, keep an eye on the steak’s internal temperature and continue cooking until it reaches a temperature 5°F below your desired level of doneness.

Step 8: Let the steak rest

If the steak has already reached a temperature 5 degrees below the desired level of doneness, it’s time to transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for a minimum of 5 minutes. 

Once the resting time is complete, you can cut the steak and enjoy its delicious taste.


What to serve with blackened steak?

Most people serve blackened steak with cooked vegetables, potato dishes, and salads. There are a few ideas:

  • Oven roasted potatoes
  • Steak frites
  • Fresh broccoli salad
  • Baked Potato Wedges
  • Sautéed asparagus

What kind of steak to use in this recipe?

The best choice would be thick, juicy, and tender steak cuts such as ribeye, New York strip, filet mignon, or chuck eye steak. Porterhouse or T-bone are also excellent options, although they can be more challenging to cook.

Make sure to purchase USDA-grade ‘Prime’ or ‘Choice’ cuts of steak. These steaks offer exceptional flavor, tenderness, and juiciness, making them perfect for blackening.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.