So, you bought a perfect, lovely-looking cut of meat at the butcher. And you’re hesitating on how to cook it. Well, you are not lacking in options. We’re hoping this article will get your juices flowing and your imagination. But most of all, it will help you decide how you’re going to cook perfect steak tonight!
If you’re a carnivore, like me, you know that there are few things out there better to eat, juicier and with a more interesting flavor and texture than a perfectly cooked steak. I really love that punny saying 'Being a vegetarian is a missed steak'. But of course, I have nothing against vegetarians, as I understand why they make that choices and more power to them. I just can’t imagine living the rest of my life without having to cook perfect steak at least twice a month.
And if you like to have steak frequently, too, maybe you like to switch things up a little every once in a while and go big for variety and diversity on your plate. Here’s where these recommendations come in and they will help you make excellent choices when it comes to… steaking out your menu in the kitchen.
How to cook perfect steak 3 ways
This is not a drill! The grill is perhaps the most reliable, delicious form to deliver that steak of your dreams. A grilled steak is a celebration in itself and it should be treated with respect. So don’t just throw it on the grill. Some conditions need to be met.
First of all, you’ll need a grill, either gas or charcoal, some nice cuts of meat, seasoning, and a bit of fat with a high smoke point – mostly oil. So season the steaks on both sides, heat up the grill because you’ll need a high temperature for the steak to cook fast and furiously!
Place the steaks on the grill, leave them room to breathe, don’t crowd them together. Leave them for 3-5 minutes on each side. It all depends on how done you like the steak to be. When you remove them from the grill, don’t cut into them immediately. Their juices need to redistribute first.
2. Pan fry
If you don’t have a grill or you planned a barbeque but the weather has messed up your plans, you can completely turn this party around by pan frying your steaks. You’ll need a heavy pan, maybe a cast-iron skillet, because it keeps the heat in way better.
Also, you’ll require some fat, and this time you can use butter because the process of pan frying the steak is quite quick, that the butter doesn’t have time to burn! So heat up the pan, throw a dollop of butter in there, and let it melt a little. As for the meat season it on both sides before dropping it into the pan. Remember, it’s very important that the pan is hot hot hot!
Cook it once again for 3-5 minutes, but don’t cover it, because it will be steamed and lose its outer sear. Just make sure your kitchen is proofed with grease stains. Use a [amazon_textlink asin='B01GFQFGFQ' text='mesh splash guard' template='ProductLink' store='xdeli-20' marketplace='US' link_id='fef44037-3281-11e8-a86a-237a6faebf10']. And keep a window open or any kind of ventilation, or else your house will smell like fried meat. That’s only bad when you don’t have any meat around to cook!
3. Oven then grill or pan
This is a very interesting option that leaves you with juicy steaks, but also a nice crisp grilled exterior. This way of cooking helps keep the moisture in the steak – and where would we be with a dried husk of beef or pork on our plates? In Hell, that’s where!
This procedure does take more time than your usual grilling or pan-frying, but the results are worth it, in my opinion. So if you have a thicker cut of meat you want to prepare, first pop it in the preheated oven. Don’t crank up the temperature to high, keep it on a medium. Let it cook and rejoice in its juices for an hour at most. Then let the juices distribute under some foil for a few minutes.
After this is done, add the steak for a couple of minutes in the heated pan or grill. That way, it retains its moisture on the inside but gets a nice sear on the outside. Most of all, your steak will definitely be evenly cooked and with a nice layered flavor.
Don't forget to pump up the flavor by using dry rubs. The result? You've managed to cook perfect steak! Congratulations!