How to Cook Steak From Frozen

  • 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 a wire rack.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for 18 – 30 minutes depending upon desired doneness. Check with instant-read thermometer.
  9. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.