How to Cook Steak Perfectly
Cooking the perfect steak can be a little challenging even for the top chefs. Often it can get too dry, too leathery or undercooked. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you cook steak. Here are a few top tips on how to cook steak to perfection.
Choosing the right piece of meat
Choosing the right piece of meat is the one of the vital steps in knowing how to a cook steak. Buy the best grade of meat from your butcher that you can afford. Avoid pre-packaged supermarket meat. When buying your meat, look for a light cherry colour, a fine texture and a piece that is firm to the touch. Choose a piece of meat that is nicely marbled or has thin threads of fat running through the meat. This gives the meat extra flavour.
Once you have selected your meat it’s time to prepare the steak. Ideally, you should cut your steak to approximately 50-60 mm thickness and in a rectangular shape. This will help cook your steak evenly. Bring the meat to room temperature. If it is frozen, defrost overnight and pat dry.
Use a griddle pan or a heavy frying pan to cook steak. They are great for controlling an even temperature when you cook steak. Preheat the pan. Always ensure that the pan is not too hot as that will burn the outside of the steak. Pour a little oil into the pan and let it heat up for half a minute. Season the meat with salt and pepper and brush with oil. Canola and groundnut oils work well with steak.
Place the meat on the pan and cook to your liking. For example for a medium steak you want to seal in the juices by cooking one side for 3-4 minutes without touching, then reduce the heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Turn the meat over with a pair of tongs and cook for further 6 minutes. Never pierce the meat while cooking as this drains the natural juices from the meat, leaving it dry and tough.
Whether you prefer your steak cooked rare or well done, these guidelines show the cooking time required to cook the perfect steak for you. To test the tenderness of the steak, gently press the meat with your fingertip. Rare should feel soft, well done should feel firm and medium will be in between.
- Steak cooking time for 2.5 cm thick steak
|Cooking StyleRare||Minutes per side1-2||Resting Time(mins)6-8|
It is very important to rest the steak for 5 minutes after removing it from the pan. Wrap the steak in foil to rest the meat. It allows the meat to become warm, moist, tender and full of flavour.
We all love the perfect steak. We recommend serving steak on hot dinner plates with chips and seasonal vegetables. Enjoy!
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