Don't let a piece of meat intimidate you and your ability to make perfectly crusted, juicy and lip-smackin' steak! The grill is not the only method for cooking red meat to perfection. In fact, I prefer cooking it over the stove top, in a skillet, and not in a cast iron one either (though that would be best). I find this method to be not just quicker and easier, but honestly because I love the perfect crispy crust it creates. Perfectly Seared Steak You'll need: 1 - 1.5 inch steak Salt and pepper Olive oil Let your meat rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Generously season both sides and ends of the steak with salt and pepper. Pour olive oil into a skillet and place over high heat.