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Learn how to make a beautiful grilled ribeye steak dinner at home; with this easy method your steak will be perfectly browned and crisp outside, and tender and juicy inside every time!

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Steak dinner is a popular date night meal. When it’s cooked perfectly, a ribeye is crispy outside and tender and juicy inside with rich meaty flavor. It’s luscious.

But there’s absolutely no reason you can’t make a fabulous steak dinner at home – for Valentine’s Day or any date night or even a family barbecue! Next time an anniversary or special occasion rolls around, cook a beautiful restaurant-quality steak dinner for your sweetie at home and you’ll see just how easy it is.

close up of sliced grilled ribeye on white plate

I’m going to show you how to make grilled ribeye, but don’t worry if you don’t have an outdoor gas grill. You can also use an indoor grill pan or a cast iron skillet.  

To make a steak dinner, you can pair grilled ribeye steak with a potato side dish (like Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes) and a steamed vegetable like asparagus. Or keep it simple and serve it with a salad. For some reason, steak just feels like a romantic meal.

But of course you don’t have to wait for date night to make a gorgeous steak at home! The whole family will jump on board with grilled ribeye.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe  

  • Restaurant-quality. Learn how to cook a restaurant-quality meal right at home! You’ll save money, which means you can indulge in this delicious meal more frequently. And don’t worry if you don’t have an outdoor grill; you can use a grill pan or cast iron skillet.
  • The flavor of the meat shines through. We keep the ingredient list short and the cooking method simple so that the flavor of ribeye is the focus. A great ribeye steak doesn’t need much!
  • Leftovers. There is so much you can do with leftover grilled ribeye! If you’re firing up the grill anyway, through an extra steak on just so you’re sure to have leftovers.
front view of 2 plates of ribeye dinner with vegetables

Quality Meat Matters 

The quality of the meat is really important because its flavor will really shine through here, so go ahead and splurge on a great-quality steak! There are a couple great sources I highly recommend.

Butcher Box is a meat delivery service with awesome quality steaks! Their humanely-raised beef is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, and ships for free. I love having a couple different cuts of their meat stashed in my freezer.  

US Wellness Meats is another wonderful option if you want to buy high-quality grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Instead of a meat delivery service, you can just select and order what you want. They hand-pick the sustainable family farms that they work with, so you know you’re always getting the best quality. Check out the different cuts of steak they offer, and take a look at their gorgeous ribeye.  

Ingredients to Make Grilled Ribeye

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

grilled ribeye ingredients
  • Boneless ribeye steaks – Use good quality meat. I like to look for well-marbled steaks for the best flavor and texture.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – Technically, you don’t need to oil steaks before grilling. However, I like to rub the outside of the steak with a little oil to help prevent it from sticking. If you want to omit the oil, just make sure your grill (or grill pan) is well-seasoned and very hot before you add the meat.
  • Coarse kosher salt and ground black pepper – These pantry-staple seasonings naturally enhance the flavor of the meat.

How to Season Ribeye  

seasoning a well marbled ribeye steak

Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the steak. If you want to omit the oil, just make sure your grill (or grill pan) is well-seasoned and very hot before you add the meat.

Season both sides with salt and black pepper.  

Gently rub the seasonings into both sides of the steak.

Now your meat is ready to grill!  

seasoned ribeyes on plastic wrap lined plate

Pro Tip: Put the raw steaks on a plate lined with plastic wrap. Once you transfer the steaks to the grill, discard the plastic wrap and you can use the plate to bring the cooked steaks back inside.  

How to Grill Ribeye Steak

how to grill ribeye steak on a gas grill

Place the steak on the grill, close the grill, and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes on the first side.  

Flip the steak over and cover the grill again.

using instant read meat thermometer to check meat for doneness

Cook the steak until it reaches your desired level of doneness. (An instant-read thermometer is the most accurate and easiest way to test this.)  

how to grill a ribeye steak

Transfer the cooked steak to a cutting board or plate. To keep it juicy, let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving or slicing it across the grain.

Cooking Method Variations  

  • Grill pan instead of outdoor grill – You can use this same cooking method with an indoor grill pan if you don’t have an outdoor grill.
  • Cast iron skillet – If you don’t have a gas grill or an indoor grill pan, you can use a cast iron skillet to cook ribeye. Make sure to get the pan really hot, add a dollop of beef tallow, duck fat or ghee, and let the steak get a nice sear before flipping it.

Tips

  • Look for good marbling in the steaks. Marbling refers to the white streaks of intramuscular fat that you see in the muscle. This helps keep the meat moist, tender, and flavorful as it cooks.
  • Skip the marinade when making ribeye. This is for 2 reasons: 1) marinade adds quite a bit of flavor to meat (and we want the amazing flavor of ribeye to shine through), and 2) marinade tenderizes meat (and ribeye is already tender). The only seasonings we need are olive oil, salt, and black pepper!
  • Make sure to let steak sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before grilling. This will help make sure it cooks evenly.
  • Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel before seasoning and cooking them. This removes excess moisture and helps the steak brown better.
  • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check when the steaks are done. This will give you the most precise way to know when the meat is cooked to your liking.

Storage

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

grilled ribeye steak dinner with potatoes and asparagus

Grilled Ribeye FAQs  

What Temperature Do You Cook Ribeye Steak on a Gas Grill?  

The best temperature to grill steaks at is 450 to 500F. You want the grill nice and hot!  

How Long Do You Grill a 1-Inch Thick Ribeye Steak?  

The length of time that you grill a 1-inch steak depends on how well done you want it.

As a guideline, it takes a 1-inch steak about 9 to 12 minutes cooking at a temperature of 450F to reach medium-rare doneness.

Instead of time, temperature is more accurate way to determine a steak’s level of doneness. You can use a basic instant-read thermometer to do this.  

How Do I Know When Steak is Done?  

Here is a quick steak temperature chart:  

  • Rare: 120F
  • Medium-rare: 130-135F
  • Medium: 140-145F
  • Medium-well: 150-155F
  • Well: 160F+

Do You Close the Grill When Cooking Steak?  

Yes! Make sure to close the grill when you’re cooking steak. This will help the inside cook at the same time that the outside browns.  

What Can I Make with Leftover Steak?  

If you have ribeye leftover, count yourself lucky because another delicious meal is easy to whip up! Here are a few ideas for how to use leftover steak:  

What to Serve with Grilled Ribeye to Make it a Full Steak Dinner  

ribeye steak on grill with flames

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Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Learn how to make a beautiful grilled ribeye steak dinner at home; with this easy method your steak will be perfectly browned and crisp outside, and tender and juicy inside every time!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • About 20 minutes before you want to cook the steaks, get them out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the grill to around 450 to 500F.
  • Pat the steaks dry with paper towels.
  • Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the steak, and then season both sides with salt and black pepper.
  • Gently rub the seasonings into both sides of the steak.
  • Place the steak on the grill, close the grill, and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes on the first side.
  • Flip it over, cover the grill again, and cook until it reaches your desired level of doneness. (An instant-read thermometer is the most accurate and easiest way to test this. See the Notes below for temperatures.)
  • Let the steak rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Oil: If you want to omit the oil, just make sure your grill (or grill pan) is well-seasoned and very hot before you add the meat.
  • Other Ways to Cook Ribeye: If you don’t have a gas grill or an indoor grill pan, you can use a cast iron skillet to cook ribeye. Make sure to get the pan really hot, add a dollop of beef tallow, duck fat, or ghee, and let the steak get a nice sear before flipping it.
  • Serving Suggestions: To make this grilled ribeye into a full meal, serve it with a potato side dish (Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes are perfect), and a steamed vegetable like asparagus.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

When is Ribeye Done?

The length of time that you grill a 1-inch steak depends on how well done you want it.
As a guideline, it takes a 1-inch steak about 9 to 12 minutes at 450F to reach medium-rare doneness.
Instead of time, temperature is more accurate way to determine a steak’s level of doneness. You can use a basic instant-read thermometer to do this. Here is a quick steak temperature chart:
  • Rare: 120F
  • Medium-rare: 130-135F
  • Medium: 140-145F
  • Medium-well: 150-155F
  • Well: 160F+

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5of 1 steak | Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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4 Comments

  1. Do you cover steak in grill pan on the stove?

    1. Marilyn, No, I find that it can turn out a bit rubbery if it’s covered using a grill pan on the stove. If you want to minimize the mess a bit, you can use a splatter guard or lightly drape a foil tent over the grill pan while it cooks.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks. I will try this recipe on my next ribeye steak. I love the instructions that was passed on

  3. 5 stars
    Awesomely tender and juicy looking! Pardon the pun, but, well done! ☺️

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