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Marinated Cast Iron Steaks

Sometimes you really really want a steak.  But it's -40C (-40F) and there ain't no way I'm going out to spark up the barbecue or smoker!

So having a great cast iron steak recipe in your back pocket is essential if you live in Alberta!

The best steaks for the grill or cast iron pan:

Head over here to download the FREE steak guide from Lazuli Farms!  The guide is uber helpful when you are trying to figure out which steak to choose for what meal!

Cast Iron Steaks Recipe


  • 3 lbs of your favorite grilling steak, thawed and patted dry with a clean tea towel
  • 1/2 cup soya sauce
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey, melted
  • 1/3 cup avocado or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated/minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, bacon grease, or lard for frying


 In a medium bowl, mix together soya sauce, balsamic vinegar, melted honey, oil, garlic, ground mustard, and parsley.

Place your steaks into a large zippered plastic bag or a shallow baking dish and pour the sauce over top of the steaks. Flip steaks around to coat all sides.

Tuck the steaks into the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.  For best flavour, marinate steaks in the morning for cooking for supper that evening.  Partway through, flip steaks over to ensure all parts of the steak get covered in marinade.

Once steaks are marinated, preheat your oven to 425 F.

Preheat a large (10 to 12") cast iron pan over medium heat on the stovetop until hot.  Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter, bacon grease, or lard in the cast iron pan.

Place your steaks into the cast iron pan and sear the steak on the first side for about 5 to 7 minutes until nicely browned.  Don't stir or flip your steaks too much - you'll want to keep that direct heat on each side without manipulating it too much.  Once nicely browned, flip the steak to the other side and cook until nicely seared, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

Depending on the thickness of your steaks, your steaks might be cooked to perfection now.  But if you prefer a medium-well or well-done steak, check the internal temperature of the steaks and move them to the oven to finish cooking if not fully cooked.

Temperature Guide for Steaks:

  • Medium-rare = 130F
  • Medium = 145F
  • Welldone = 160F

Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before enjoying!

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