Perfect Pan Seared Steak with Smoky Honey Habanero Butter

Perfect Pan Seared Steak with Smoky Honey Habanero Butter

Sometimes, you just need a quick steak fix and firing up the grill isn't an option. A good ole cast iron pan can do the trick in no time.

For this steak, we seasoned it heavily with salt and pepper, melted a good amount of butter in the pan and tossed in some fresh rosemary sprigs for added umami. When rosemary gets hot, oils are released that perfume the butter and steak. Think hot summer day, running your hands along a rosemary bush and how intoxicating the smell of your hands are for hours later. 

Perfect Pan Seared Steak with Smoky Honey Habanero Butter Recipe | Spiceology
After the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it to a plate and top with a pat of Smoky Honey Habanero Butter (recipe below). The heat from the steak will melt the spicy sweet deliciousness over it and it's good stuff. Really really really good stuff. Let's get to the recipe.


Serves 2

  • 2 large t-bone steaks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Smoky Honey Habanero Butter
    1. Generously sprinkle steaks with fresh cracked pepper and Kosher salt.  Set aside.
    2. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, big enough to fit both steaks, or conversely holds 1 steak and work in batches.  Add the steak and sear, add the rosemary to the pan.  Use a spoon to drizzle some of the melted butter over the steak as it cooks. Flip and repeat.  When it's done to you liking, discard rosemary and remove steak.  Top with a tablespoon of the Smoky Honey Habanero butter.  Devour.


Makes 1 cup



  1. Place the butter and Smoky Honey Habanero rub in a food processor and pulse until combined.  
  2. Cut off a square of parchment paper and add the butter to the center, fold up the sides to make a log and twist the ends.
  3. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove and use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.