How to cook steak with an electric skillet

Updated June 18, 2018

Steak is one of a beef lover's favourite things. A well-prepared steak is richly flavoured, tender and aromatic with the smell of well-browned beef. Normally, steaks would be barbecued or grilled for home consumption, but that isn't always an option. Indoor electric grills or hob grill pans can give a good result, but if you have no other options, a plain old skillet or electric skillet will also do the job.

Preheat the electric skillet to its highest temperature, usually 260 degrees Celsius. Pat the steaks dry with paper towel. Season lightly with salt and pepper, or other dry seasonings if desired.

Oil the skillet lightly, unless it has a non-stick coating. When the skillet has reached its highest cooking temperature, position the steaks in the pan. They should not be crowded, so if necessary cook the steaks in two or more batches.

Turn the heat down to 218 degrees C once the steaks are seared. Cook until the line of "cooked-ness" along the edge of the steak reaches halfway, then turn. Use tongs, not a fork, to avoid losing any of the steak's juices.

Continue cooking until the desired doneness is reached. Remove the steaks from the skillet to a large plate or serving tray, and cover with aluminium foil to keep warm. Let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


Choose tender, well-marbled steaks for pan-frying. Rib or rib eye, T-bone, strip or top sirloin are all suitable.


Clean and sanitise any utensils or surfaces that have come in contact with uncooked beef.

Things You'll Need

  • Steaks, one per person
  • Paper towel
  • Salt and pepper
  • Other seasonings or spice rub (optional)
  • Electric skillet
  • Canola or other high-temperature cooking oil (optional)
  • Tongs
  • Large plate or serving platter
  • Aluminium foil
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About the Author

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.