Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes

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Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes is pan seared and cooked to perfection and topped with a garlic herb butter compound. This is the best steak that I have ever had!! 

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes in a skillet.

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes

My youngest son is such a steak and potatoes guy. He won’t eat anything else but I can count on him to eat a good steak. He actually was in the kitchen with me helping me make this recipe. He loves to cook with me. He even told me to make sure to “sear the steak”, and to give the potatoes a slightly “charred” edge. With his help, we were able to create one of the best steaks that you will ever eat!

You start by cooking the potatoes in a delicious garlic herb butter. It really brings amazing flavor to these potatoes. Garlic herb butter potatoes? My heaven.

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Potatoes close up!

How to cook the perfect skillet steak

  • Let the steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Season the steak generously on each side with salt and pepper. In a cast-iron skillet with 1 Tablespoon of oil over high heat add the steaks to the pan and sear each side 3 minutes or until brown.
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Cook the steak to desired doneness. Rare = 125 degrees, Medium Rare = 135 degrees, Medium = 145 degrees, Medium Well = 150 degrees and Well Done = 160 degrees. Some say to flip only once while cooking, I like to flip mine a few times.
  • Right before serving the steak slather the butter compound on top and let it melt into the tender steak. This gives it a nice finishing touch and adds such great flavor.


Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes in a skillet.

I used to like my steak well done but now I like my steak more medium or medium well. It just seems more tender and melt in your mouth this way. So I cook the steak to about 145 degrees. The best part about this steak is the garlic butter herb compound that you slather on the steak right at the end. It just melts into the steak and gives it such incredible flavor.

This skillet steak is easily the best steak that I have had. Cooked to tender and juicy perfection and the butter garlic herb flavor is unreal! Your family will love this skillet meal.

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes in a skillet.

Skillet Steak Meal

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes

4.55 from 37 votes
Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes is pan seared and cooked to perfection and topped with a garlic herb butter compound.  This is the best steak that I have ever had!! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes sliced about ½ inch in thickness
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano chopped
  • 2 lean New York Steak strip steaks
  • salt and pepper

Garlic Butter Compound:

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano chopped


  • In a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and butter, potatoes, garlic, thyme, rosemary and oregano. Cook for about 3 minutes, stir and cook and additional 3 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and set on a plate.
  • Turn the skillet to high heat. Add the steaks. Cook on each side for 3 minutes or until outside is browned. Reduce heat to medium high. Cook the steaks to desired doneness. Mine took about 10 minutes flipping 3 times to get a medium well.
  • Right before the steaks are done, make the garlic butter compound. Mix the butter, garlic and fresh chopped herbs. Slather on top of steaks. Add the potatoes back to the pan and heat through and let the butter melt into the steaks.


Serves: 4

Calories469kcal (23%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein26g (52%)Fat34g (52%)Saturated Fat17g (85%)Cholesterol107mg (36%)Sodium198mg (8%)Potassium789mg (23%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A506IU (10%)Vitamin C16mg (19%)Calcium69mg (7%)Iron6mg (33%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds really good! Do you think I’d be able to use lamb instead for the meat? I want to be able to use the same seasonings, but I’m not sure how it would taste lol

  2. 5 stars
    Made this awhile ago & it was so yummy hubby requested it for his bday dinner tonight! But I can’t remember if I used salted or unsalted butter! Which should it be?

  3. 2 stars
    The potatoes were under cooked and the steak was over cooked. Also, there was not very much flavor on the steak.

    1. I think the times she gave for cooking the steak were suggested, and should be adjusted according to your preference. For medium rare 10 minutes is too long, for medium well, probably about right. I like mine medium rare.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe was so simple and tasteful!!! My family and I enjoyed it so much that they want me to make this for dinner again this week! Thank you so much : )

  5. 5 stars
    I had to finish the potatoes in the microwave to completely cook them. I also had difficulity with the garlic and herbs burning. My suggestions are that the potatoes be cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes and then add to the butter and oil (without the garlic and herbs) to brown and finish cooking. I would then take out the potatoes and add the steaks. I cooked them 9 minutes at med low for med rare. Take the steaks out and add the butter herb mixture to the pan and salute the garlic and herbs for about 30 seconds. Add the steaks back in and baste with the sauce. Add potatoes back in to heat through. The steak and potatoes were fantastic.

    1. 5 stars
      Sarah, I totally agree with your tweet to the recipe! I like to cook the garlic so it’s yummy, raw garlic..not yummy!!

  6. 4 stars
    Delicious recipe but the cook times for the potatoes are seriously misjudged. I was skeptical at first glance but decided to try it this way anyway. After 6 minutes I still had completely raw potatoes. It took ~25 minutes to cook them until they were tender. Otherwise, super easy and yummy!

      1. Do not use lean steaks. Use the most marbled steaks you can find. The marbling makes the steaks more tender and tasty. Also, learn to eat steaks medium rare, or medium at the highest. Anything more is overcooked.

  7. I made this for my boyfriend and I for dinner tonight & it was wonderful! I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while and finally decided to give it a go! It was my first time pan searing anything so I ended up cooking the steak a little too much for our taste but it still tasted amazing! I also added some Parmesan cheese on top of the potatoes after they were done! Will definitely be making this again!!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe. I didn’t have the Yukon gold potatoes so I substituted sweet potatoes instead. Super yummy results. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Very very good. I used dry spices and still very good. My husband all man eating steak and potatoes. This was perfect. The New York Strips turned out very tender. We will for sure make this again.

  10. 5 stars
    Gonna try this recipe hope my cooking will taste well in making this recipe.
    Its my first time cooking this recipe

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