We took a cooking class at Williams Sonoma a couple of years ago and the instructor was a chef from an upscale steak house. He recommended a good quality stainless pan for pan searing steak -- which Williams Sonoma just happened to sell
Once we tasted those pan seared steaks they sold a lot of pans. He showed us a couple of simple recipes and recommended de-glazing to make sauces or even just with water to clean the pan. The steak also gets a chance to rest under foil while you are de-glazing. We bought one for home, and when we upgraded to the larger boat we bought an All Clad 9" French Skillet
that fits in the galley cabinet. It's a good quality pan and a lot less weight than cast iron.
My simple non-chef recipe:
Pat the steak dry then season with sea salt and cracked pepper and let it come up to room temp for around an hour.
Heat the pan and spritz the steak with a little vegetable oil or olive oil spray right before it hits the pan (no oil in the pan).
One to three minutes per side depending on thickness, remove the steak and cover with foil to rest with a thin slice of butter on each steak (I want to try that flavored butter).
Splash a little red wine into the hot pan (whatever I'm drinking while I'm cooking) and with a wooden spatula loosen up all the good bits. Add in a little bit of onion finely chopped (or dried onion flakes, whatever I have around), a little mushroom if I have it, and just a little garlic from the jar in the fridge. Let it cook on low for a bit until the onions are translucent and the wine cooked down a little. Then add in a little flour/water mix to thicken the sauce.
Plate the steaks with some potatoes and asparagus. Pour the wine reduction over the steaks, pour yourself another glass of wine and head for the cockpit to eat and watch the sunset.
It's a hard life folks, but it's the one we've chosen