What’s the most carnivorous pleasure available in the world?
Ask 100 people this question, and most would reply “Steak.” A flavorful, seasoned and well-cooked steak is not only an American’s favorite pastime but is one of the most palatable dishes for every occasion.
For home cooks, grilling a perfect steak is indeed the pinnacle of achievement. Some people find it a devil of a job. But, believe it or not, it takes only a little knowledge to skill the grill like in your bones. Dig it here!
Tips for Cooking Steak
Know the Cuts of Meat
Whether you cook it for a casual dinner or a special occasion, steak grilling must start with knowing your high-end steak cuts. The most popular steak cuts are chuck, rib, loin, sirloin, round, shank and brisket. Make sure the steak you buy is at least one-inch thick and has some white fat around the edges and a good amount of fat infused in the interior.
Season with Salt
A dry steak cooks better than a juicy one. Salt crystals absorb extra moisturizer from the beef and create a smooth watery surface. Salt also denatures the protein found in meat and produces more tender bites.
Bring Steak to Room Temperature Before Cooking
Ever tasted a barbecued meat that’s hot and crispy outside, but cold inside? It feels so bad, doesn’t it? The rule of thumb is to bring the meat up to room temperature before putting it on a hot grill.
Find your Favorite Rub Mixture
Apply your favorite rubbing mixture or the one your recipe calls for, before cooking the steak. It allows the herbs and spices in the blend to deeply stick to meats when grilled or smoked.
Pick the Best Pan
If you prefer frying over grilling, choose a heavy-duty cast iron non-stick pan with a thick base. It doesn’t burn the outside of the meat but gives it a slightly sweet and charred finish. Cook the Steak in batches if the pan is smaller.
Use Tong to Turn Steak
Don’t stab your scrummy steak with a barbecue fork. Use tongs instead to retain their juices.
Know the Types of Doneness
- Blue Rare: cook 1 minute on each side. Seared on the outside and is red throughout.
- Rare: cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Seared outside and 75% throughout the center.
- Medium Rare: cook 2 minutes on each side. Seared outside and 50% throughout the center.
- Medium: cook for 3 minutes on each side. Seared outside and 25% throughout the center.
- Medium Well: cook for 4 minutes each side. The steak is slightly pink.
- Well: cook for 5 minutes on each side. Cooked until 100% brown.
Prod the cooked steak with fingers to check the doneness of the cooked steak. It feels soft when rare, lightly bouncy when medium-rare and much firmer when cooked well in 100% brown.
Let It Rest
Let your steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting into the pieces to allow a juicy and tender output. Remember, cut tough steaks into thin slices to make them chewable.
Add Sauces For More Juice
Lost juices or want more? Just mix ketchup and sauces to make A1 steak.
You cooked a perfect steak! Complement it with a sizzling side dish, sauces, fries, salad, onion rings, and Bruschetta.
I’m Asma Sheikh, a home cook and recipe developer with a passion for all things food. On my blog (The Kitchen Advisor), you’ll find everything from healthy weeknight dinners to decadent desserts, and everything in between. So whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just getting started in the kitchen, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you to get cooking!