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4 from 3 votes

Butter Basted Cowboy Rib Eye

Picture by picture instructions on how to make a butter basted cowboy rib eye steak on the stove.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Steak
Cuisine: American


  • 22 oz cowboy rib eye otherwise known as the bone in rib eye
  • Salt
  • black and white pepper
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 2 clove garlic minced (or use 4 whole cloves sliced in half lengthwise)


  • Season the steak with the salt and both kinds of pepper
  • Set a cast iron pan on the burner and turn the temp to medium or a little lower
  • Place a tbsp of butter in the pan and allow it to melt
  • When the pan is hot, and butter melted, place the soon to be butter basted cowboy rib eye in the cast iron pan
  • Brown for 2-3 minutes and flip over and repeat on the other side
  • Be sure to brown the outside edges too, particularly the fat
  • Then add the rest of the butter
  • Once the butter is melted, spoon it over the steak over and over for 2-3 minutes, flip and repeat
  • Keep flipping and spooning until the cowboy rib eye gets to within 5-10 degrees of the desired doneness (took about 15 minutes to get mine to a nice medium rare)
  • Now add the garlic and keep spooning the butter over the steak until it reaches the temp you prefer
  • Remove the butter basted cowboy rib eye steak from the pan, plate and serve
  • Drizzle the butter over the plated steak