Perfect Pan Seared Steak with Smoky Honey Habanero Butter

Steak is one of my favorite proteins....ever. I have moments when I think it would be awesome to be a vegetarian, but...

Steak is one of my favorite proteins....ever. I have moments when I think it would be awesome to be a vegetarian, but then I think about steak and that whole notion gets tossed to the wind. Sometimes, you just need a quick steak fix and firing up the grill isn't an option. A good ole cast iron pan can do the trick in no time.

For this steak, I seasoned it heavily with S & P, melted a good amount of butter in the pan and tossed in some fresh rosemary sprigs for added umami. When rosemary gets hot, oils are released that perfume the butter and steak. Think hot summer day, running your hands along a rosemary bush and how intoxicating the smell of your hands are for hours later. Now I'm longing for summer days.

After the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it to a plate and top with a pat of Smoky Honey Habanero Butter. The heat from the steak will melt the spicy sweet deliciousness over it and it's good stuff. Really really really good stuff. Let's get to the recipe.


  • 2 large t-bone steaks
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoky Honey Habanero Butter


Generously sprinkle steaks with fresh cracked pepper and Kosher salt. Set aside.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, big enough to fit both steaks, or conversely holds 1 steak and work in batches. Add the steak and sear, add the rosemary to the pan. Use a spoon to drizzle some of the melted butter over the steak as it cooks. Flip and repeat. When it's done to you liking, discard rosemary and remove steak. Top with a tablespoon of the Smoky Honey Habanero butter. Devour.

Steak Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Steak Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.