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One Skillet Smoky Steak and Potatoes

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Don’t have time to prepare smoked meats and veggies? Bring it inside! Smoky steak and potatoes in the skillet to the rescue!

A blend of spices are mixed and tossed in with crispy potatoes and juicy steak to produce an easy dinner recipe using things you already have in the pantry and don’t have to run to the store for! 

A photo of a cast iron skillet full of golden halved potatoes and beautifully seared steak.

This one skillet smoky steak and potatoes recipe is a quick and easy beef dinner recipe that will please any picky eaters or husbands! 

I have a friend whose husband refuses to eat anything green. He’s a self-proclaimed steak and potatoes guy. Oh and he doesn’t do tomatoes or onions either. This recipe is perfect for her! And the best news is that it’s all done in one skillet and so super quick and easy!

How to Make One Skillet Steak and Potatoes?

The first thing you will want to do is mix together the smoky spice blend. See section below for what goes into the mixture.

Potatoes take time to become tender, so we start with the potatoes. Heat your cast iron skillet to medium heat add the oil and butter. We love the flavor that the combination of oil and butter gives the potatoes. When the skillet is hot, place the halved potatoes cut side down into the skillet and sprinkle the tops with the spice blend reserving about 2 teaspoons for the steak.

A photo of a cast iron skillet full of smoky steak and potatoes.

Allow the potatoes to cook for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown and then flip them. Cook them for another 10 to 15 minutes and then remove them from the skillet onto a plate.

Increase the temperature on your burner to medium high heat and add a little more oil to your skillet. Add the steak to the pan and allow it to brown on all sides, flipping the pieces as needed. Add the 2 teaspoons of the smoky spice blend to the meat and give it a good stir. Reserve the remaining spice blend to use next time.

Grab the potatoes you sat aside and add them to the skillet and toss them with the steak. Cook the steak until your desired done-ness and then serve! Super easy, right?!

What Goes in the Smoky Spice Mixture?

You can keep the blend of spices in your pantry stored in a jar or zip top bag for anytime you need to throw together a dinner. Here’s what goes in it:

  • smoked paprika
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne
  • onion powder
  • pepper

Those are all ingredients you most likely already have in house! They give the steak and potatoes a delicious smoky flavor that will fill that smoky craving!

A close up photo of a fork in a piece of steak in a dish full of smoky steak and potatoes.

Which Potatoes are the Best?

Any potato will be just fine, but we personally prefer to use a yukon gold because it has a creamy, buttery flavor and texture and a thin skin so you aren’t chewing awkward bites. And no peeling potatoes which is always a win!

Which Steak is the Best?

Ribeye steak brings the best flavor to these one skillet steak recipes but any steak will be just fine. Just look for goo marbling in the steak you choose so it cooks up nice and tender!

What to Eat with Smoky Steak and Potatoes?

If there are people in your family who will actually eat something other than steak and potatoes…actually forget them…ff YOU like something other than steak and potatoes, then grilled corn makes a great side dish! Or if it’s the middle of winter and your grill is buried in snow, then some simple roasted garlic veggies will do the trick!

I don’t know what it is about steak and potatoes, but they always make me feel like I need a warm dessert afterward. A helping of our spectacular apple crisp or a chocolate molten lava cake will be perfect!

A photo of a cast iron skillet full of golden halved potatoes and beautifully seared steak.

How Long with Steak and Potatoes Keep?

If properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, these steak and potatoes will last for about 3 to 4 days. I love to heat them up and make a side of scrambled eggs to eat for breakfast! Yum!

How to Reheat Steak and Potatoes?

I prefer reheating steak and potatoes in the same cast iron skillet I used to cook them. Put it on medium high heat and toss everything around until it is warmed through. I usually add a little oil and sometimes a little beef broth too so it doesn’t get too dried out. Microwaving just dries it out too much for me, but that is an option too!

Now you can have the smoky flavors you love all made indoors and your steak and potato people are going to love this! Whether it’s the middle of winter or you just don’t want to take the time to bust out the smoker, we’ve got your back! Smoky steak and potatoes is a quick and easy one skillet meal you’re going to love!


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Smoky Steak and Potatoes

4.1 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Don't have time to prepare smoked meats and veggies? Bring it inside! Smoky steak and potatoes in the skillet to the rescue!


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 Pound Potatoes Yukon Gold, halved
  • 12 Ounces Ribeye Steak Chopped

Spice Mixture

  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper


  • In a bowl, combine all of the spice mixture.
  • Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil and butter.
  • Add the potatoes, cut side down and sprinkle with seasoning, leaving at least two teaspoons and allow to cook for 10 minutes or until golden.
  • Flip the potatoes and cook another 10-15 minutes or until tender. Remove to a plate.
  • Remove the potatoes to a plate.
  • Heat the pan to medium high and add a little more oil. Add the steak and cook until browning on one side then flip. Add 2 teaspoons of the seasoning blend.
  • Combine the steak with the potatoes and stir until the steak is cooked to desired temperature.
  • Remove and serve!


Left overs can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Steak and Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 1819mg79%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2032IU41%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A photo of a cast iron skillet full of golden halved potatoes and beautifully seared steak.


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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • How do you keep the spices from smoking and burning? Even on low heat I had an issue that.

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    • You could try adding a little more oil.

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  • I really wanted to love this recipe. I really did. I made the seasoning according to the directions. Is the majority of the seasoning supposed to go on the potatoes? Or is it literally just supposed to be a sprinkle of seasoning and the rest saved? I used about half the seasoning on the potatoes, because the instructions weren’t clear. I doubled the potatoes, because 1/2 of potatoes was 4 tiny potatoes. Two bites of potato per person doesn’t seem like a logical serving. The amount of seasoning was too much, and started to burn in the pan well before the potatoes finished cooking. I liked the flavor on the meat, but wish the instructions were clearer.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Arianne! I’m going to go fix the recipe card now, but it should say to just sprinkle the season over the potatoes in step 4, then add the two teaspoons in step 8. The rest of the seasoning should be saved for later. I apologize for the confusion!

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    • I wish I had read your comment… I did the same thing. The potatoes were covered in burnt seasoning, I trashed them and wiped out the pan. The steak came out great!
      Next time I’d only make half the seasoning. No need for those measurements when you only need a light sprinkle plus two teaspoons.

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      • You can definitely lighten up the seasoning if you want! I’m so glad you enjoyed the steak!

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