Take a smooth, thick-bottomed frying pan, scald it out with hot water, and wipe it dry; set it on the stove or range, and when very hot, rub it over the bottom with a rag dipped in butter; then place your steak or chops in it, turn often until cooked through, take up on a warm platter, and season both sides with salt, pepper and butter. Serve hot.
Many prefer this manner of cooking steak rather than broiling or frying in a quantity of grease.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)