Butter Basted Rib Eye Steak (cooksscience)

1 1 lb rib eye steak, about 1 1/2″ thick
1 t kosher salt or to taste
3 T vegetable oil
pepper
4 T g unsalted butter
1 large shallot, peeled and quartered lengthwise (root end attached)
2 cloves, peeled
5 sprigs fresh thyme

Sprinkle steak evenly on both sides with salt and place on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Let sit for at least 45 min or up to 3 hours. Heat oil in 10″ skillet over high heat until just smoking. Pat steak dry with paper towels and season liberally on both sides with pepper. Place steak in skillet and cook for 30 seconds. Flip steak and continue to cook for 30 seconds longer. Continue flipping steak every 30 seconds for 3 more min. Slide steak to back of skillet, opposite handle and add butter to front of skillet. Once butter has melted and begun to foam, add shallots, garlic and thyme sprigs. Holding skillet handle, tilt skillet so butter pools near base of handle. Use metal spoon to continuously spoon butter and aromatics over steak, concentrating on areas where crust is less browned. Baste steak, flipping it every 30 seconds, until steak registers 120 F, 1 – 2 min. Remove skillet from heat and transfer steak to cutting board; let steak rest for 10 min. Discard aromatics from pan and transfer butter mix into small bowl. Slice steak crosswise 1/2″ thick. Serve immediately with butter mixture.

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