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Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye

Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye
Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye
Francesco Tonelli

Today’s recipe feature is Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye. Its beef transformed into grilled perfection in this fantastically simple dish. Rib eye dozes for about three hours, after a good rubbing with kosher salt and black pepper. It’s then awakened for the grill; a bit more salt and pepper are added and then it’s wide awake over the flames! Directions are provided below for charcoal and gas grilling. Just a note – this isn’t the time to step away and do the laundry. Stay close to ensure the meat doesn’t burn or overcook. Healthy and joyous eating!

Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye (Recipe courtesy Bon Appétit)


  • One 1 1/2'-2' bone-in rib eye (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Coarse sea salt


Place steak on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt per side. Chill uncovered for up to 3 hours. Remove steak from refrigerator 1 hour before grilling and let come to room temperature. Pat dry with paper towels. Season again with 1/2 tsp. salt; press in 1/2 tsp. pepper per side so pieces adhere.

Build a two-zone fire in a charcoal grill for direct (medium-high coals) and indirect (medium-low coals) heat. Alternatively, heat a gas grill to high just before cooking, leaving one burner on low. Sear steak over direct heat, flipping once, until nicely charred, 3-4 minutes per side. (If a flare-up occurs, use tongs to gently slide the steak to a cooler part of the grill.) Move steak to indirect heat and continue grilling, flipping once, 3-4 minutes per side. Using tongs, lift steak and sear both edges (the bone side and the fat-cap side) for 1-2 minutes per side to render out some of the fat. Grill steak to desired temperature, 14-18 minutes total or until an instant-read thermometer registers 120° for rare (steak will carry over to 125°, or medium-rare, as it rests).

Transfer steak to a carving board; let rest for 10 minutes. Slice across the grain, season with coarse sea salt, and serve.

Nutritional Information

One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 694.3 %Calories from Fat 56.9 Fat (g) 43.9 Saturated Fat (g) 17.0 Cholesterol (mg) 330.1 Carbohydrates (g) 0 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0 Net Carbs (g) 0 Protein (g) 69.6 Sodium (mg) 1010.9

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