Why I Love this Perfect Cast Iron Steak with Ghee and Rosemary Recipe
This cast iron steak made with ghee and rosemary will knock your socks off! You will feel like you went out to fancy dinner at a steak house, without using any inflammation-causing oils or butter.
The cast iron creates a beautiful char on the steak and makes for a very easy and simple clean-up. The ghee and rosemary give the steaks a rich and flavorful taste, that recreates a steak house steak perfectly without using dairy.
This recipe is one of the meals that’s part of my Mindful Elimination Program. This program is my 40-day elimination diet and yoga fitness program. This is a great way to discover food intolerances and inflammatory eating that has upset your gut, hormones, caused excess weight, and low energy.
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What is Ghee and Why I Love Using It
Ghee is a type of clarified butter. This means that ghee is butter that has been heated and strained to remove the water and milk solids from it. So it is butter without the milk/dairy proteins.
It is traditionally used in Indian cuisine, and created so that the butter could be stored in heat without spoiling. It is solid at room temperature, and does not need to be refrigerated.
I stay away from dairy first because it is a known inflammation causing food. Dairy is difficult for the human body to breakdown, and I am also dairy intolerant.
I learned of my intolerance and began eating for anti-inflammation years ago. It has helped me lose 30 pounds, learn of food intolerances, and just function at a higher level of health.
Ghee is completely free of the milk sugar lactose, and is free of casein. Even if you aren’t intolerant or allergic, casein and lactose can be difficult for the body to break down and cause digestive issues.
Ghee is such a tasty, simple alternative to using regular butter (and at it’s core it is butter). It is a great way to begin cooking dairy-free and living a dairy-free lifestyle.
I Love Creating Fancy Dinners at Home
It is so great to learn to cook a nice steak. Going out to a steak house is not only expensive, but when you have small children like me it is just typically not an option right now (I think they would kick my toddlers out in about five minutes!).
My husband and I decided we needed to learn to cook our own steaks, so we can still enjoy a fancy meal but inside our home. It is also a much more economical way to eat steak too.
You will pay twice as much per person on a meal than what we spend on a steak at the grocery store. I recommend choosing a steak that is hormone-free and responsibly raised. I love to go to butcher and pick out cut that looks good that day.
I Love Using My Cast Iron Skillet
I promise, if you learn to love your cast iron skillet you will find so many foods cook exceptionally in the cast iron and it makes for a simple clean up.
Why Steak is Part of My Healthy Eating Plan
Beef is a Great Source of Protein!
Beef is among the best sources of protein that you can find, which means that it is excellent for maintaining your muscle mass. Eating beef can reduce your muscle fatigue and improve exercise performance and endurance.
Beef is a great source of iron. When there is an iron deficiency in the diet then anemia can occur. Anemia is when there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells.
Beef is also high in Vitamin B-12, along with folate, which keeps your nervous system healthy. When our nervous systems are in balance, we experience better moods and less anxiety and depression.
I found Atlas Steak to have a great overview of science-backed health benefits to eating beef. If you want to learn more, then check out that site.
Steaks Are Delectable & Satisfying
I also include steak as part of my healthy eating plan because I find it incredibly satisfying. For me, learning to eat mindfully is really about finding foods that my body processes well, that I enjoy, and that are healthy for me.
This perfect cast iron steak with ghee and rosemary fits the bill on all of these healthy living criteria.
Tips I Have Learned About Making The Perfect Cast Iron Steak
Get Your Cast Iron Hot
You want to get your cast iron skillet really hot before you put the steak in it, so that you get the sear on the steak that will mimic a steak house steak. It is easy to get antsy and rush to put the steak on before it is hot enough but try to hold off until it is truly hot.
Preheat the Oven to the Correct Temperature
I have learned that getting the oven to the desired preheated temperature is also super important. It is tempting to go ahead and stick in food before the temperature has reached it’s desired range, but if you can be patient, the food cooks more evenly and thoroughly at the right temperature.
I am naturally an impatient person. Practicing yoga and mindfulness has helped me so much.
I see how this plays out in my life in even the simplest of tasks like letting the skillet get hot enough! It sounds trivial but all the little bits of patience and calmness add to an overall feeling of more joy and less stress and anxiety.
Choosing the Right Cut of Steak is Important
The choice of steak comes down to personal preference. For me and my husband we are not fans of a lot of fat on our steaks and marbling.
For this reason, we rarely buy ribeye steaks. Ribeye steaks have more fat and marbling on them. My mom on the other hand loves this type of steak and prefers it to leaner cuts that I enjoy like filets and T-bones.
If you haven’t tried a lot of different cuts of steak, I recommend trying out a few. I think they each come with different flavor advantages, but mainly I think it is a texture thing.
Filets are a thicker piece of meat than a ribeye steak, so the texture is different in your mouth. This cast iron steak recipe will be delicious on all cuts of steaks, and I have used it to cook ribeye steak, fillets, T-bone steaks, and New York strip steaks.
If you are unsure of what kind of cut of meat you would like, I highly recommend asking the butcher at your grocery store. I always find them to be excited to speak to me about the meat selection and give me great information to help me pick out which steaks look the best to eat that day.
The Perfect Cast Iron Steak with Ghee and Rosemary
- Your favorite cut of steak
- Avocado Oil
- 1 Tablespoons of Ghee per steak
- 2 gloves of garlic minced
- Salt and pepper
- A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place your cast iron in the oven to get it hot.
- Using paper towels, pat both sides of the steak dry. Drizzle with avocado oil and rub it into the steak.
- Season your steak generously with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and heat over medium-high heat. Make sure the cast iron is good and hot.
- Place the steaks in the skillet and cook until a dark crust has formed, about 1 minute. Using tongs, flip, and cook for an additional 60 seconds on the other side.
- Add a tablespoon of ghee, the garlic, and rosemary and let the ghee melt with the garlic and rosemary in it.
- After a minute, grab a spoon and (use a oven mitt) lift the skillet to one side so you spoon the melted ghee over the steak. Coat it really well.
- Place skillet into the oven and cook until desired doneness is reached, about 4-5 minutes for medium-rare, flipping once. Add about a minute for each step-up in cooking.
- Before serving your steak it rest for 2-3 minutes.
- Spoon the melted ghee on top of the steak on your plate before serving.
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