Are you tired of dry and flavorless pork steaks? Look no further! In this article, I will guide you through a mouthwatering recipe for oven-baked pork ribeye steaks that come out tender and juicy every single time. With a combination of savory seasonings and a slow bake in the oven, this recipe strikes the perfect balance of impeccable flavor and texture.
What Makes Pork Ribeye Steaks Special?
Pork ribeye steaks are a cut of meat taken from the upper part of the front leg of a pig, specifically the shoulder. They feature a marbling of fat throughout the meat, which adds incredible flavor and juiciness. While these steaks are commonly prepared on the grill or stovetop, baking them in the oven provides a foolproof way to achieve perfectly cooked results.
Ingredients & Substitutions
To create the best oven-baked pork ribeye steaks, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Pork Ribeye Steaks: These thick, flavorful steaks are the star of the show. Aim for 1-inch thick steaks for optimal results.
- Olive Oil: Perfect for searing the steaks and locking in moisture. Alternatively, you can use avocado oil.
- Spices: A blend of sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder adds a delicious kick. Feel free to experiment with additional spices like paprika, cumin, or onion powder.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Adding a small amount of Worcestershire sauce helps tenderize the meat and adds an extra layer of flavor. If you prefer alternatives, coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce work well too.
- Fresh Herbs: Fresh parsley and rosemary add a vibrant taste. If you don’t have them on hand, you can substitute with dried herbs.
How to Cook Pork Ribeye Steaks in the Oven
Follow these steps to achieve perfectly cooked pork ribeye steaks:
- Prep: Preheat your oven and heat oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season: Trim any excess fat from the steaks and pat them dry. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides.
- Sear: Place the steaks in the skillet and sear until browned.
- Add Sauce and Herbs: Pour Worcestershire sauce over each steak and sprinkle fresh herbs on top.
- Bake: Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F in the thickest part.
- Rest: Let the steaks rest on a plate, covered with aluminum foil, before serving.
Perfectly Cooked Every Time
After searing the steaks, bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. This will ensure that your pork ribeye steaks are cooked to perfection, tender and juicy.
If you have any leftovers, you can store them for future enjoyment:
- Store: Wrap the leftover pork ribeye steaks tightly in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheat: Reheat the steaks in a baking dish, covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. Avoid using the microwave, as it may result in dry meat.
- Freeze: For longer-term storage, place the leftovers in a vacuum-sealed bag or airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in a bag submerged in cold water or in the fridge overnight before reheating.
Perfect Pairings for Pork Ribeye Steaks
Pork ribeye steaks pair well with a variety of sides. While I recommend roasted potatoes and broccoli, here are a few more ideas:
- Vegetables: Sauteed mushrooms, stir-fried vegetables, or sauteed zucchini all make delicious veggie sides that can be prepared while your steaks are in the oven.
- Potatoes: Classic pairings like roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, or even mashed cauliflower and roasted rutabaga are fantastic options.
- Cheesy Casseroles: If you’re feeding a crowd, consider pairing your pork ribeye steaks with loaded cauliflower casserole, zucchini casserole, yellow squash casserole, or asparagus casserole.
- Salads: For a quick and easy side dish, try a pear salad, kale crunch salad, or spring mix salad.
- Leftovers: Don’t let leftovers go to waste! Slice the steak thinly for wraps, dice it up for a hearty stew, or even shred the meat for tacos and burritos.
More Easy Pork Recipes
If you’re a fan of pork, I have a collection of easy and delicious recipes for you to try. Check them out here. From juicy pork chops to tender pork tenderloin, you’ll find a variety of options to satisfy your cravings.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge to cook perfect oven-baked pork ribeye steaks, gather your ingredients and get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering dish. Happy cooking!
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