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Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce (Why I Love My Cast Iron Grill Pan)

This tasty recipe for Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce is a good reason why I Love My Cast Iron Grill Pan, and if you’re a steak lover I bet you’ll enjoy this recipe! Use Beef Recipes for more tasty ideas like this one.

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This recipe for Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce happened because I’m on a quest to use some of the meat that’s in my freezer. When I decided to thaw out some steaks recently I had no idea just how I would cook them, but when I looked through a few cookbooks, a recipe caught my eye in Food to Live By, that wonderful cookbook from Earthbound Farms that I’ve been raving about. The idea of serving steak with a sauce made of olives sounded interesting and good.

This recipe uses a cast-iron grill pan, and I used my my beloved (and well-used) grill pan that you see in the photo below. There are lots of companies that make a Square Grill Pan, but I love cast iron because it’s indestructible, heats evenly, and stays hot. Everyone needs a cast iron grill pan!

In the cookbook, this sauce is called the Goodman Family Olive Sauce, and when I make it again, I’ll be a bit more careful to keep the olives chunky. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing about the recipe, and it’s something I’d definitely make again. And I do have a few more steaks in the freezer!

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Make it a Meal:

For a low-carb meal, this would be great with something like Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Everything Bagel Seasoning or Low-Carb Greek Cabbage Salad.

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Baked White Fish with Onions, Peppers, Olives, and Feta
Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm, Olives, Red Pepper, and Feta
Low-Carb Skillet Chicken with Roasted Lemons, Green Olives, and Capers
Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce (Why I Love My Cast Iron Grill Pan)

This tasty recipe for Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce is a recipe steak lovers will enjoy!



  • 4 lean, tender steaks (use a cut like top loin, top sirloin or New York steak)
  • olive oil, to rub steak
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to rub steak

Olive Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic puree (ground garlic, or use finely-minced fresh garlic)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 can good-quality pitted black olives (slightly over 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives (without pimento)
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3 T olive oil


  1. Remove steaks from refrigerator and rub with olive oil and season on both sides with salt and pepper, then let come to room temperature.
  2. While steak is coming to room temperature, put garlic, salt, dijon mustard, lemon juice, black olives, green olives, Kalamata olives, and half of olive oil in food processor or mini-chopper.
  3. Pulse until olives are coarsely chopped, then blend at full speed for a few seconds to combine all ingredients. (Don’t over process like I did!)
  4. Remove from processor and stir in olive oil.
  5. Put cast iron grill pan on top of stove, turn on burner to medium, and heat pan for about 5 minutes before putting meat in pan. (If the pan starts to slightly smoke, it’s hot enough!)
  6. Lay steaks at a diagonal and cook until grill marks are showing, about 3 minutes.
  7. Rotate and cook about 3 minutes more on first side, then turn and cook 3-5 minutes more on second side, depending on how done you like it.
  8. I cooked my one-inch thick steaks exactly 10 minutes and they were perfectly medium-rare. If you have a meat thermometer, this is a good time to use it. For medium-rare, the temperature should be 130F. (The recipe gave instructions for heating the pan in a 500F oven, then cooking the steak as described above. Since it’s hot here, I didn’t want to heat the oven, and this stovetop method was great. Of course, the steak could also be grilled on a gas or charcoal barbecue.)
  9. Remove steak from pan and let rest about 5 minutes, then serve with olive sauce spooned over the top.


This recipes makes slightly over one cup of olive sauce, which will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. The sauce would be good on tomatoes, chicken breasts, or fish, or as a spread on sandwiches.

Recipe from Food to Live By with slight adaptations by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and if you use approved lean steaks, this would be a good main course for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    22 Comments on “Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce (Why I Love My Cast Iron Grill Pan)”

  1. I think this sauce would be fantastic on chicken.

  2. Yum! Love olives, and sometimes eat steak. but more often chicken ( which I bet this would be great on) – this is a winner!