Last night I bought a nice $9, $11 a pound, ribeye steak. Its shameful but Im 26 and never cooked a steak before, but I've recently taken an interest in learning how to cook. I spent the morning watching youtube videos including one by Gordan Ramsay that he would be ashamed of me if he read that one of his youtube watchers had this happen to him after watching a video he made. The one thing they all emphasized in each video and including an article was if you wanted the steak medium rare, the frying pan needed to be hot, so the outsides of the steak were cooked but the inside was still pink. So I made the mistake of making the pan too hot, I set the electric stove to a setting of "8", initially it was "9" but I thought backing it down a notch might be a better idea. One thing my mom tried to ingrain into me was that meat needed lower heat than vegetables but I didn't follow that advice this time. So I seasons the steak with salt and pepper, and got the pan really hot. I go to dump in my virgin olive oil, and within 3 seconds the pan has 2 1/2 foot flames shooting out of it. Initially I watched it but then I realized it was burning the microwave directly above the stove, so I took it off, I didn't set it on the floor since I knew it would probably damage the floor. I let it burn off for about 30 seconds and then finally put it in the sink to let it finish burning off the rest of the way. One thing I do recall from boyscouts was in the event of a grease fire, you should let it burn off rather than dump water on it, so atleast one thing from Boyscouts came into use about 10 years since my last boyscout meeting. The light coverings suffered from smoke damage, and the dog was afraid of staying upstairs, she went downstairs when she saw the flames. The microwave was covered in carbon residue but not melted. Ive since removed a lot of the carbon so it isn't quite so obvious a fire happened underneath it. So after that, I got out another pan, heated it up, this time with a setting of only 6, and instead of dumping oil directly into the pan, I just put it on the steak, and put the steak into the pan, this time, no grease fire. It came out ok, but since alot of the oil had dripped off while transferring it to the pan, the steak did stick a little bit to the pan, and therefore burned. When there was obviously not enough oil in the pan, I threw in 3 slices of butter and that seemed to help a lot. It came out good, but not restaurant good which is what I was going for (who could blame me though it was my first try) and the reason it did come out good was because I chose the best piece of meat in the small grocery store to cook. So here is what Im going to do next time, Im going to oil the pan just so it won't stick and burn like it did, this time while at a setting between 5/6, but man if Gordon Ramsay saw what just happened after he gave me good directions (albeit nothing on the exact temperature of "hot" is) he would be yelling at me out of the house since I damn near burned down the whole thing. Would of really been screwed if the fire spread since we don't have a fire extinguisher. My only defense was it was my first time trying to cook a steak, unfortunately I have done a lot of damage to my reputation as far as having any future as a cook or chef, still a good story though. Im also going to get some type of garlic or herb seasoning to throw on it on top of the salt and pepper.