DEEP-FRYING: Pat dry 1 1⁄2"-thick strip steaks with paper towels. Fill a large, deep pot with vegetable oil, and heat over medium heat to 375°. (A toothpick dropped in oil will quickly turn dark brown when oil is ready.) Carefully lower steaks, 1 or 2 at a time, into oil. For medium rare, cook until brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove, drain, and season with salt and pepper.