Tomahawk Steak

How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak

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Steak lovers rejoice, there might not be as impressive of a cut of meat than the tomahawk steak!

This massive steak cut is full of flavor and known for its signature, large bone-in profile.  

If you’re trying to impress friends or family, Omaha Steaks tomahawk is a delicious showstopper.  

When we made this steak at a dinner party, our friends were texting us the next day craving more. 

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

What is a tomahawk steak?

A tomahawk is a large, thick ribeye steak with the bone still attached. 

Omaha Steaks has a tomahawk steak for sale. The tomahawk ribeye is 36oz. of pure perfection. 

That is over a 2 pound steak! When we have date night at home (don’t miss our list of at-home date ideas) we typically share one ribeye since it is so incredibly massive.

This cut of meat is perfect for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary gift or can be made any time you’re looking to have a steakhouse experience at home.

Omaha Steaks ages their ribeye for at least 21 days and they are expectly trimmed so you can be confident that your steak will be extra tender and delicious.

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Tomahawk steak vs. a ribeye steak

A tomahawk is simply a larger cut of ribeye and it includes the bone.

The benefit of keeping the bone in the steak is that it adds in extra flavor. 

One of our favorite parts of making a ribeye at home is the gnawing on the scraps of meat on the bone.

Call us a carnivore, but we think the huge, 7 inch bone adds so much extra flavor and juiciness! 

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

How to cook a tomahawk steak

The tomahawk steak is really, really big and cooking a tomahawk steak can seem daunting.

Usually we opt to sous vide our steaks, but that is challenging with such a large steak!

We found the best way to cook a tomahawk steak is by using the reverse sear method.

Wondering how to reverse sear a steak? 

It’s just like a traditional way to cook a steak… but in reverse. 

You start by cooking it lower and slower and finish with a hot sear.

We’ve used this method on our Traeger when cooking a smoked tomahawk steak as well. 

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Grilled tomahawk steak

When grilling a tomahawk steak, set up a dual temperature zone.

This means you should have one side of your grill at high heat and another at a lower heat temperature.

If your grill does not support dual zones, start by cooking the meat at 225 degrees F until the steak reaches 125 degrees F internal temperature. 

This should take roughly 45 minutes.

Once the steak comes to temperature, remove it from the heat and crank the grill up as hot as it goes or simply move it to the hot side if you are using a dual temperature zone. 

Sear the meat for about 1 minute on each side to create a nice char and texture on the exterior of the steak.

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

How to cook a tomahawk steak in the oven

Perhaps you don’t have access to a grill.

A reverse sear tomahawk steak can also be done in your oven.

Set your oven to 225 degrees F or the lowest it can go.

Place your steak on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and insert a meat thermometer.

Cook the tomahawk steak until the interior temperature reaches 125 degrees F, then remove the tomahawk from the oven.

Once removed from the oven, heat up the grapeseed oil in a cast iron pan at high heat.

Sear the steak for about a minute on each side, until the exterior has a nice char.

Make sure to rest your steak for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Tomahawk steak recipe

Serves 2

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 47 minutes

Additional time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 36 oz. tomahawk ribeye
  • 3-4 tbsp of Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil (if cooking on a stovetop)

Recommended equipment:  

  1. Start by removing your thawed tomahawk ribeye from the refrigerator.
  2. Pat the steak with a paper towel to dry the surface of the meat.
  3. Press the private reserve rub or any rub that uses a coarse salt into the meat and let the seasoned meat come to room temperature for an hour.
  4. Preheat your grill or oven to 225 degrees F.
  5. Place your meat on the grill grates or lay your steak on a baking sheet and put the meat into the oven.
  6. Cook your tomahawk until it reaches an interior temperature of 125 degrees for a medium rare steak. We use this wireless thermometer so that we don’t have to open the grill or oven frequently. 
  7. Remove from heat and either turn your grill up to high heat or if you are cooking a tomahawk indoors, add grapeseed oil (or another oil with a high smoke point) to a shallow pan or cast iron griddle and heat to high heat.
  8. Sear the exterior of the steak for about 1 minute on each side, or until a nice crust appears.
  9. Remove from heat and let the tomahawk rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Slice against the grain of the meat and enjoy!
Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Yield: 1 steak
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 47 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 57 minutes

How to perfectly cook a massive tomahawk steak!

Ingredients

  • 36oz. tomahawk ribeye
  • 3-4 tbsp of Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil (if cooking on a stovetop)

Instructions

  1. Start by removing your thawed tomahawk ribeye from the refrigerator.
  2. Pat the steak with a paper towel to dry the surface of the meat.
  3. Press the private reserve rub or any rub that uses a coarse salt into the meat and let the seasoned meat come to room temperature for an hour.
  4. Preheat your grill or oven to 225 degrees F.
  5. Place your meat on the grill grates or lay your steak on a baking sheet and put the meat into the oven.
  6. Cook your tomahawk until it reaches an interior temperature of 125 degrees for a medium rare steak. We use this wireless thermometer so that we don’t have to open the grill or oven frequently. 
  7. Remove from heat and either turn your grill up to high heat or if you are cooking a tomahawk indoors, add grapeseed oil (or another oil with a high smoke point) to a shallow pan or cast iron griddle and heat to high heat.
  8. Sear the exterior of the steak for about 1 minute on each side, or until a nice crust appears.
  9. Remove from heat and let the tomahawk rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Slice against the grain of the meat and enjoy!

Love specialty steaks like this massive tomahawk?  

Omaha Steaks may be your new best friend because they also offer specialty butcher services where they can carve you the perfect piece of beef to your needs.  

We’ve used their specialty butcher services for parties, and absolutely loved that they were able to carve steaks into the shape of Texas for us.

Check out our Texas shaped steaks blog post to see how they turned out!

What speciality steak would you want?!

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How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak

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