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Lemon Pepper Steak

This lemon pepper steak is tender and juicy thanks to a homemade lemon butter sauce drizzle. The steaks are seasoned with a zesty marinade and dry rub for finger-licking good flavor.

lemon pepper steak with lemon, mashed potatoes, and green beans

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Steak with lemon? Don’t mind if I do! Most people love to season their steak with just salt and pepper. I prefer a little flare. My blend of lemon pepper, smoked paprika, and a homemade sauce is out of this world!

What Type of Steak to Use

This recipe will work with any cut of steak. I prefer to use NY strip steaks or ribeyes. You can use sirloin, filet mignon, etc.

raw steaks in a glass pan

Room Temperature Steak

You should never sear cold meat or seafood straight from the fridge. Allow the steak to come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) prior to cooking. This will allow the steak to cook at an even and consistent temperature. If you add it to a hot pan while cold, the muscle fibers will tense up and result in tough steak.

lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt in a white bowl

Lemon Butter Sauce

The homemade lemon butter sauce is what takes the steak to the next level. You can dip the cooked steak in the sauce while serving, or drizzle the steak in the sauce.

lemon juice and butter in a white bowl
lemon butter sauce in a saucepan

How to Zest a Lemon

I use this lemon zester from Amazon. You can also use a box/cheese grater. If using the zester hold it one hand and the lemon in the other. Graze the lemon over it, away from you and back and forth. You can read more about How to Zest a Lemon here.

seasoned steaks in a glass pan

Pan Seared Steak

Cast iron and stainless steel pans work best for searing because they are made to withstand high heat temperatures and produce a crust/outer layer on food. A non-stick pan isn’t made for high-heat cooking. In fact, higher temperatures will likely damage and ruin the nonstick coating of your pan. I don’t recommend using a nonstick pan.

Sear the steak on both sides for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat. Be sure to sear both edges of each steak as well.

raw steaks in a cast iron skillet

Grilled Steak

Grill the steak for 3-4 minutes on each side on 500 degrees.

Air Fryer Steak

Air fry the steaks on 370 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

lemon pepper steak in a cast iron skillet

How Long to Cook/Steak Cooking Chart

Overall, cook time will vary based on the size of your steaks, the brand of air fryer used, and your preferred doneness.

According to the USDA, you should cook all raw beef to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F (62.8 °C) as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. 145 degrees is longer than some people like to cook their steaks. Use your judgment.

You will need to use a meat thermometer and cook to 125° F for rare, 135° F for medium-rare, 145° F for medium, 155° F for medium-well, and 160° F for well done.

lemon pepper steak in a cast iron skillet
lemon pepper steak in a cast iron skillet

Allow the Steak to Rest

For safety and quality, allow the meat to rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing or consuming. If you slice into the steak too soon, that will cause the inside moisture within the steak to spill out onto the plate, leaving a drier, less flavorful steak.

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Air Fryer Green Beans

Check out our list of The Best Side Dishes for Steak.

lemon pepper steak with lemon, mashed potatoes, and green beans

More Lemon Pepper Recipes

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Hot Lemon Pepper Wings
Lemon Pepper Fish
Lemon Pepper Shrimp

lemon pepper steak with lemon, mashed potatoes, and green beans
sliced lemon pepper steak with mashed potatoes and green beans on a white plate

Lemon Pepper Steak

This lemon pepper steak is tender and juicy thanks to a homemade lemon butter sauce drizzle. The steaks are seasoned with a zesty marinade and dry rub for finger-licking good flavor.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword how to grill lemon pepper steak, lemon pepper steak, lemon pepper steak marinade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Calories 780kcal

Ingredients

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice For me this was the juice from 1 small lemon.
  • 1 1/2-2 teaspoons lemon zest Use 2 teaspoons for bold lemon flavor. This was 1 small lemon.

Instructions

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Add the butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir and cook until the lemon zest has dissolved.

Seared Steak

  • Allow the steak to come to room temperature prior to cooking (about 30 minutes).
  • Pat the steak dry and season both sides with lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a skillet or grill pan on medium-high heat with olive oil.
  • When hot, add the steaks to the pan. Sear both sides of the steak for 3-4 minutes. Ensure the edges are seared.
    Cook time will vary depending on your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer and cook to 125° F for rare, 135° F for medium-rare, 145° F for medium, 155° F for medium-well, and 160° F for well done.
  • Drizzle the steak in the lemon butter sauce. Allow the steak to rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing or consuming.

Grilled Steak

  • Allow the steak to come to room temperature prior to cooking (about 30 minutes).
  • Preheat grill to 500 degrees.
  • Pat the steak dry and season both sides with lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • When the grill is hot, add the steaks to the grill. Grill on both sides for 3-4 minutes.
    Cook time will vary depending on your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer and cook to 125° F for rare, 135° F for medium-rare, 145° F for medium, 155° F for medium-well, and 160° F for well done.
  • Drizzle the steak in the lemon butter sauce. Allow the steak to rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing or consuming.

Air Fryer Steak

  • Pat the steak dry and season both sides with lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on 370 degrees. After 5 minutes, open the air fryer and test the internal temperature. Cook for an additional 2-7 minutes.
    Cook time will vary depending on your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer and cook to 125° F for rare, 135° F for medium-rare, 145° F for medium, 155° F for medium-well, and 160° F for well done.
  • Drizzle the steak in the lemon butter sauce. Allow the steak to rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing or consuming.

Notes

Feel free to trim the fat from your steaks or shape them up to your liking.
Allow the steak to come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) prior to cooking. This will allow the steak to cook at an even and consistent temperature. If you add it to a hot pan while cold, the muscle fibers will tense up and result in tough steak.
Allow the meat to rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing or consuming. If you slice into the steak too soon, that will cause the inside moisture within the steak to spill out onto the plate, leaving a drier, less flavorful steak.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 10oz | Calories: 780kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 71g
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