Ah ha! I have finally discovered the secret to my favorite Applebee's steak, their Bourbon Street Steak!
Just made this and it tasted EXACTLY how it tastes in the Restaurant.
For Two 1 inch thick 8 oz steaks
1.5 tsp cajun seasonings [including: onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, ground mustard, red pepper flakes, oregano, and a dash of chili powder]
1/4 tsp dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
Rub all over both sides, let set for about 30 minutes.
Heat skillet at medium-high, add 2 TBSP butter, and 2TBSP Extra Virgin Olive oil
When melted, add steaks. Cook on each side for 2 minutes on Medium hi, then cover and reduce heat to medium low for about 5 minutes [ turn again mid-way through] for medium well steaks with a nice barely pink strip left in the middle.
Let steak rest for a couple minutes before cutting.
**Remember: you can’t go backward if you overcook the steak, so it’s better to err on the side of slightly undercooking it. You can always throw it back in the pan for another minute or two.