Cast Iron Steak Recipe with Mustard and Smoked Paprika
If you’re wondering how to broil steak, try this cast iron steak recipe with mustard and smoked paprika. The 30-minute marinade imparts intensely delicious smoky and savory flavors to the dish, without hours of preparation.
Cooking Steak in Cast Iron
I use cast iron skillets for just about everything I cook. I own many pans that range in size from 3 inches across (perfect fried egg pan), up to my rectangular griddle and grill pan that fits across two burners. Well-seasoned cast iron is naturally non-stick and inexpensive to purchase. The cast iron skillet is a perfect cooking vessel for steak, as it goes from stove top into the oven easily. In this particular recipe, the skillet is preheated, and the steak is quickly seared. They are also great for campfire cooking, like many of the recipes found in one of my favorite cookbooks of 2018 by Laura Bashar, The Camp & Cabin Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Prepare Wherever You Go.
How to Broil Steak
I like to quickly preheat my cast iron pan under the broiler for about 5 minutes, and then add the marinated steak to the pan. Be careful when pulling the pan out of the oven, as it will be very hot. I cook the steak for about 2 minutes per side, as I like a nice medium rare. I always use grass-fed beef when cooking, you can find more information about how to cook it here.
I love the smoky flavor that the smoked paprika brings to this dish, without the use of liquid smoke. Smoked paprika is a Spanish spice, made from pimiento peppers that are smoked and dried over an oak fire. Keep in mind that the flavor of Spanish paprika is very concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. Combined with Dijon mustard, garlic, and sherry vinegar in this recipe, the flavors create a perfectly balanced dish.
Cast Iron Steak with Mustard and Smoked Paprika
- Mince garlic and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Rub mixture all over steak and marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat broiler to high, with oven shelf positioned 5-6 inches below. Preheat a 10" or 12" cast iron skillet in oven for 5-7 minutes. If all the steak won't fit in one pan, do it in batches.
- Carefully remove cast iron skillet from oven, and drop in steak. Return to oven. Cook for 2 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees F for medium rare, or 130 degrees F for medium. Be sure to let the steak rest for 10 minutes after pulling from the oven, then slice.